Loyd Star Ag Academy growing

Published 10:11 am Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Lincoln County School District Superintendent Mickey Myers recognized the Loyd Star Ag Academy at Monday’s board meeting for its continued growth and gave an update on the Loyd Star Ag facility.

“I want to recognize that the Ag Academy is here,” Myers said. “I appreciate very much the invitation to the banquet last week. It was extremely well done. We appreciate the active role you play in the community. We look forward to seeing this program expand with the new renovation out there.”

Several members of the Ag Academy attended the board meeting to show their appreciation for the support the board has given the program.

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The Ag Academy received a $50,000 grant to build a lab and classroom, Loyd Star Ag Academy parent Joanna Posey said. When the grant left the program needing more money to finish its project the school board allocated $27,000, Posey said.

“We came here today to thank the board and show our appreciation,” Posey said. “The Ag Academy incorporates agricultural concepts into the regular classroom and brings other subjects into the classroom.”

Excitement about the academy and agricultural-focused classes has increased the number of students interested in joining Loyd Star’s agricultural program, Posey said.

In other board business:

• The board rejected all bids it received for pest control services and voted to re-advertise the project.

• The board approved 16th Section land manager Stan Long to advertise for bids on a 12-acre agricultural lease on section 16-8-7. The board also approved Marilyn Hart’s request to reclassify her 12-acre farm residential lease on section 16-8-7 to an agricultural lease. The board approved Lincoln County Forester Howard Stogner’s request for permission to release the performance bond from Lance Smith Logging on 16-T7N-R6E. The board approved Long’s request to use Landmax Timber to cut timber on 16-6-8 and 16-8-8.

• Myers said he visited West Lincoln Monday and after speaking with county engineer Ryan Holmes, he believes the parking lot striping project will be finished by the end of the week, weather permitting.

The board went into executive session to discuss an employee personnel matter, a students with disabilities matter and to consider non-teaching, salaried staff recommendations.