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County school board continues ongoing work updating policies

THE DAILY LEADER / RHONDA DUNAWAY / Lincoln County School Board members have approved 49 new board policies at their Monday meeting. Kay Coon, vice president; (from left) Ricky Welch, president; Regina East, administrative assistant; Terry Brister, superintendent; Johnny Hart, member; Michael Posey, secretary; and Jack Case, member, are shown reviewing the updated policies.

THE DAILY LEADER / RHONDA DUNAWAY / Lincoln County School Board members have approved 49 new board policies at their Monday meeting. Kay Coon, vice president; (from left) Ricky Welch, president; Regina East, administrative assistant; Terry Brister, superintendent; Johnny Hart, member; Michael Posey, secretary; and Jack Case, member, are shown reviewing the updated policies.

The Lincoln County School Board has been updating their board policies for more than two years, said superintendent Terry Brister.

“We’ve been reworking board policies for a while now, and the board members have been bombarded lately with the latest updates,” Brister said. The board looked over and approved 49 board policies at Monday’s meeting.

Brister told board members that he was proud of the work teachers and faculty are doing with Common Core. A website set up to explain Common Core, www.corestandards.org, defines the standards as:

“a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics …[which] are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit-bearing entry courses in two or four year college programs or enter the workforce.”

“The teachers around the county are working hard and not only are they teaching, they are readjusting students and parents for Common Core,” Brister said. “It’s going to be hard work. It’s going to be a commitment on our part and on the part of the community. Teachers are not teaching any different than they did a year ago,” he added.

In other business, the board members:

• Approved recommendations from child nutrition director Jeremy Berry.

• Approved requests to remove from and add to the substitute teacher list.

• Approved a request for Family Medical Leave.

• Gave Mickey Myers approval to void check No. 8973 for Bogue Chitto Attendance Center’s activity fund.

• Approved a $2,000 donation from the Booster Club to West Lincoln Attendance Center’s tennis team.

Approved a request from special education director Letha Presley to accept a check from the Knights of Columbus.

• Approved a student transfer.

• Gave permission for the use of a school facility.

The next school board meeting will be Monday, March 17, at 5 p.m.