Lin­coln School Makes Re­pairs

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SCHOOL - By Lynn Kutter

Lin­coln School Board has placed a ten­ta­tive plan for a multi-pur­pose fa­cil­ity at the high school on hold while the school pays to re­pair struc­tural is­sues at the mid­dle school gym, ac­cord­ing to Su­per­in­ten­dent Mary Ann Spears.

School board mem­bers dis­cussed the situation at their March 14 meet­ing. The meet­ing was held a week ear­lier be­cause of spring break.

Costs to re­pair the mid­dle school gym are higher than ex­pected and could cost $150,000 to $200,000, Spears said. An en­gi­neer­ing in­spec­tion showed wa­ter has seeped into the por­ous con­crete blocks of the build­ing, com­pro­mis­ing the struc­ture’s 39 metal sup­ports. All sup­ports will have to be ad­dressed. The mid­dle school gym, built in 1974, is closed while the re­pairs are be­ing made by Mile­stone Con­struc­tion of Spring­dale. Spears said the work should be fin­ished by May 1.

The board had hoped to make plans on a multi-pur­pose fa­cil­ity this sum­mer but that de­ci­sion may have to wait an­other year, Spears said. The dis­trict has a build­ing shell near the football sta­dium des­ig­nated as a new field­house. The school now is con­sid­er­ing an op­tion to add some class­rooms to the build­ing, thus call­ing the struc­ture a multi-pur­pose build­ing.

In other busi­ness, the board ap­proved a mo­tion to grant a quit claim deed for a com­mu­nity build­ing to New Hope Com­mu­nity. The com­mu­nity build­ing is on Greasy Val­ley Road and was part of the for­mer Cane Hill school sys­tem. When Cane Hill con­sol­i­dated with Lin­coln schools, the build­ing was part of the con­sol­i­da­tion but no one was aware of that.

Spears said it re­cently came to the at­ten­tion of the dis­trict that the build­ing still be­longed to the school dis­trict. The School Board voted to re­lin­quish its claim on the build­ing to a group of in­di­vid­u­als who have agreed to take care of it. Lin­coln School Board did the same thing for other com­mu­nity build­ings that came in dur­ing the con­sol­i­da­tion of com­mu­nity schools to make up Lin­coln Con­sol­i­dated School Dis­trict. Sev­eral school staff mem­bers gave re­ports at the School Board meet­ing. Re­ports were given about a re­cent Bright Futures con­fer­ence in Jo­plin, Mo. Lin­coln made a pre­sen­ta­tion at the con­fer­ence about the com­mu­nity gar­den and the Back to School Bo­nanza to help stu­dents at the be­gin­ning of the school year.

Prin­ci­pals re­ported on an idea to ini­ti­ate per­son­al­ized learn­ing plans for stu­dents. Spears said the school is ex­plor­ing op­tions for in­struc­tion, in­clud­ing flex­i­ble sched­ul­ing and in­no­va­tive learn­ing pro­pos­als. With the changes in on­line classes and dig­i­tal learn­ing, schools have to make changes to meet new tech­nol­ogy, Spears said.

The Board ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion of three teach­ers: Jack­son Jones, James Mey­ers and El­iz­a­beth Smith.

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