2010-05-13 / Front Page

Board recognizes system-level winners of writing competition

System-level winners of the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition were recognized at the May 4 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Education. Pictured are: (front row, l-r) Bonnie Arledge; Catherine Drew Beggs; Bennett Boswell; Nikiyah Hartfield; Clara Rose Hodnett; Gregory Willingham; (back row) Connor Eades; Lincoln LeRoy; Dr. Robert Williams, chairman of the board of education; Jacquez Kennebrew; Dr. Randall Edmunds, school superintendent; McKayla McVeay; and Chelsea Norman. Not pictured are Quardale Hogan and Meg Ball. System-level winners of the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition were recognized at the May 4 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Education. Pictured are: (front row, l-r) Bonnie Arledge; Catherine Drew Beggs; Bennett Boswell; Nikiyah Hartfield; Clara Rose Hodnett; Gregory Willingham; (back row) Connor Eades; Lincoln LeRoy; Dr. Robert Williams, chairman of the board of education; Jacquez Kennebrew; Dr. Randall Edmunds, school superintendent; McKayla McVeay; and Chelsea Norman. Not pictured are Quardale Hogan and Meg Ball. The system-level winners of the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition were recognized at the regular meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Education held Tuesday, May 4.

Students in grades K through 12 were invited to take part in the contest.

After the three top entries for each grade level were identified, the gradelevel winners were selected by English teachers from another county. These entries will now be judged at the state level.

According to Brian Campbell, assistant superintendent for instruction, “I believe we have some statelevel winners here. We’re looking for great things from these students.”

During a Power Point presentation, which featured a sampling of each student’s writing as well as his photograph, School Superintendent Randall Edmunds introduced the winners to the board and the audience, which was packed with teachers, family members, and friends.

Each student received a $50 savings bond, a copy of his winning entry, and a round of applause from an appreciative audience. The group as a whole then received another round of applause and a standing ovation.

The system-level winners were: Gregory Willingham, kindergarten; Nikiyah Hartfield, first grade; Clara Rose Hodnett, second grade; Catherine Drew Beggs, third grade; Bennett Boswell, fourth grade; Jacquez Kennebrew, fifth grade; Bonnie Arledge, sixth grade; Lincoln LeRoy, seventh grade; Quardale Hogan, eighth grade; Chelsea Norman, ninth grade; Connor Eades, tenth grade; Meg Ball, eleventh grade; and McKayla McVeay, twelfth grade.

The goals of the writing competition are to encourage students to develop writing that represents their best efforts, provide an opportunity for schools to support and celebrate the writing successes of all students, and to encourage and recognize student achievement in writing throughout Georgia.

In other business,

.. Heard Dr. Edmunds read a letter he received from Lynn Jackson, associate superintendent for business operations for the Georgia Department of Education.

In her letter, Jackson clarified that the decision as to where to house students lies wholly with the local board of education and that high school students could be housed in the new building currently under construction, while middle school students remain at the present campus. (For more information on the controversy, see the article in the May 6 issue of The Lincoln Journal.)

In her remarks, Board Member Denise Freeman asked why she was not notified when State School Superintendent Kathy Cox visited Lincolnton to discuss the matter with local officials.

“Our attorney advised us not to invite the entire board, so we asked the chairman and vice chairman to be present,” said Superintendent Edmunds, adding, “Mrs. Cox did not want it to be a public meeting.”

“Why weren’t we kept in the loop?” stated Freeman. “There is a difference between information and an invitation. I understand why we were not invited, but as a board member, why didn’t I know about the meeting?”

.. Reviewed the SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) Summary Fund through April 30; the Construction Fund through April 30; the General Fund for the period from July 1, 2009, through April 30, 2010; and quarterly School Accounts for LCES and LCMS/LCHS for the period from January 1 through March 31.

.. Heard the second reading of revisions to the Activities Fund Management (Contracts for or on Behalf of Students) Policy. The policy was approved as read.

.. Heard the first reading of the Accident Prevention Program Policy and Overview of Safety Inspections and Accident Prevention Program Policy.

.. Heard the first reading of revisions to the Unsafe School Choice Option Policy.

.. Held a review of the Operation Procedures (Bus Safety) and Social Security Numbers Exhibit policies.

.. Voted to approve a request from Beth Ashmore to use the LCHS Auditorium for a baton recital on June 6 and for practices on May 26, June 2, and June 4.

.. Was informed by Superintendent Edmunds that the State Department of Audits reported no findings or questioned costs in its recent audit.

He then commended Kaye Bufford, system comptroller, for all of her hard work.

.. Was informed by Edmunds that McCutcheon Heating and Air Conditioning Service, Inc. wants to donate $25 to the school of the customer’s choice for every unit the company sells.

.. Heard Dr. Edmunds report on various fiscal matters at the state level. He pointed out that the governor has 40 days to veto or sign legislation.

The next regular meeting of the board will be held Tuesday, June 1, at 7 p.m. at the board office on Metasville Road.

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