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District votes to seek bids for West Lincoln building

Lincoln County School Board members Monday voted to seek bidsfor construction of a new West Lincoln Attendance Center buildingto replace one that burned last year.

Superintendent Terry Brister said the insurance company hadagreed to pay for the old building and well as replacement costsfor a new building. He did have a value on the settlement for theconstruction.

“We’re doing it in phases,” Brister said. “We don’t know how farthey’ll go with us, but they are working with us.”

New construction will replace the “Old Green Building” thatburned in September. The building, which had been added onto overthe years, had been on the campus since 1937.

In other school matters, a new principal for Bogue ChittoAttendance Center was among personnel action approved Monday. BillMcGehee was hired to replace Jerry Meador, who resigned earlier inthe school year.

“He’ll do a real good job,” Brister said.

McGehee served this year as assistant principal at Pisgah HighSchool in Rankin County. Before that, he was a coach, teacher, andassistant principal for more than 22 years at Puckett Academy, alsoin Rankin County.

“He’s an ex-coach, but he knows what academics are about,”Brister said. “He knows that comes first.”

Also Monday, officials voiced concerns about student transfers.Brister said he would like suggestions from board members regardingthe district’s transfer policy.

“I’m really concerned about these transfers,” Brister saidduring board discussion of a recent round of requestedtransfers.

“There’s got to be a stopping point,” added JoAnn Holmes, boardmember from Bogue Chitto.

Later, Brister said the schools were getting overloaded.

Brister said officials do not want to eliminate the practice ofstudent transfers, either within the district or from outside thedistrict. However, he said they did want to make sure all requestare legitimate.

“We just need to get more through and consistent with ourpolicy,” Brister said.