EDUCATION: School board OKs land use study for new school
Every public elementary school in Lee County is over capacity, so district leaders want to build a new school. They already own the land and know what they want to do with the property. The funding, however, is an issue.
At its monthly meeting Tuesday night, the Lee County Board of Education approved a land use study for the proposed school — a plan the Lee County Board of Commissioners, who would fund the construction, requested previously. Leaders from the two boards will now begin meeting to determine the next steps.
The board also:
* Recognized a duo from Deep River Elementary School, Amy Lundy and Jennifer Rosser, as Principal of the Year and Vice Principal of the Year, an award their peers voted to give them.
* Approved a resolution supporting the use of grants and private funds to place specialized counselors in the local high schools to direct students toward dual-enrollment opportunities, in a partnership with Central Carolina Community College.
* Heard a presentation from Southern Lee High School students on the school's powderpuff football game, which raised more than $2,500 for a breast cancer charity. Superintendent Andy Bryan congratulated them and joked that they should do fundraisers for the school system in general.
* Approved reconciled budget books and tabled a motion to hand over various law enforcement-related supplies to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
* Honored East Lee Middle School teacher Deanna Marcotte for having the Website of the Month.
* Honored Floyd L. Knight/The Children's Center, and specifically custodians Harry Sellars and Michael Holt, with the Clean School of the Month award.
* Heard an update on Common Core from central office administrators Carol Chappell and Tina Poltrock, who said test scores will likely take a serious drop from previous years when released in November.