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School district dealt setback in Loyd Star parking lot effort

A parking lot at Loyd Star Attendance Center will cost much morethan the Lincoln County Board of Trustees expected, Lincoln CountySuperintendent of Education Terry Brister said Monday.

“We got some rough quotes on the project today and it was wellabove the amount we had expected,” Brister said during Monday’smeeting.

Project quotes ranged from $26,000 to $63,000 to pave the2.14-acre parking lot, Brister said.

“That’s quite a range,” said District Two board member JohnnyHart.

There is much more to the project than simply paving a levelfield of ground, Brister said.

“You have to understand they’re going to have to move tanks,burn or remove a house and they say there is a drainage problem,”he said. “It will be a high-priced parking lot.”

The board approved Brister to continue to pursue the projectthrough the bidding process, which will take several weeks.

In a separate construction matter, the board tabled a requestfrom a contractor for an extension on a building project at WestLincoln Attendance Center. The request asked for more time tocomplete the project, but did not provide a reason for the delay,Brister said.

The work on the new classroom building and cafeteria extensionis contracted for completion today. The request would have extendedthe completion date into November.

In an unrelated matter, Brister said he met with schooladministrators earlier Monday and reviewed each school’s securitymeasures in response to a recent rash of school violencenationwide.

Regardless of policies and procedures, Brister said schoolscannot fully prevent a gun incident on campuses without turningthem into prison-like facilities.

A determined person will find a way to come onto a campus unlesswalls are constructed and armed guards patrol the grounds, which isobviously not an option, he said.

“We can’t prevent, but we may deter,” Brister said, citingsecurity fences and other low impact security measures. “What wehave to do is isolate the incident quickly and keep itcontained.”

He said school violence is one reason schools practice lockdowndrills, which secure students behind locked doors in the company ofa faculty member.