8/16/2021 12:01:00 AM Welcome Back Students & Staff Monthly Article For Lincoln County Schools By Dr. Aaron Allen
Lincoln County Schools Press Release
Welcome back students and staff to the 2021-2022 school year. This is a busy time for families as they plan on returning to school and all the activities that make this a memorable time in a child’s life. Lincoln County Schools has many events over the month of August and you can make sure you keep track of them all by visiting our website calendar link at https://www.lcsnc.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=4533#calendar6794/20210810/month
You can search for athletics, cultural arts, or general info about system and school activities. Please also remember to follow the system on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with our messages and information. All of our 23 schools have a social media presence as well, so if you are transitioning from elementary to middle or middle to high, or just new to the county, make sure you follow the new school on social media.
This year, our administrative team has used a theme called #LCSCreatingANewPath to frame our work for the year. Coming out of the last 18 months, there have been many obstacles, successes, celebrations, and issues to overcome. This year, we are working to ‘Create A New Path’ for students, staff, and families as we hope to move in a direction that allows us to find greater opportunities for success. We are beginning this path with strategy. Our district and community members have worked hard this summer to develop our next five-year Strategic Plan for the school district. This plan will be presented to our Board of Education in September and October and will be fully implemented in January, 2022. Our goal is to remove barriers, increase development of staff and students, and improve our performance based on state and community metrics. Stay tuned for more information on our plan as it rolls out this Fall.
Lincoln County Schools will also have a more expanded focus on career exposure, development, and exploration that will (hopefully) benefit our county’s economy and growth in the future. We call it our Project 414. We have a linear plan that begins in our fourth grade classrooms. We want to focus on career options, planning, and information each year a student is enrolled in LCS between fourth and twelfth grades. Then, our partners at Gaston College will take the 13th and 14th years to develop productive, trained individuals that will contribute to our local community. This Project 414 is a long-term plan that will continue to grow each year and evolve as it needs to be based on our community needs in Lincoln County. Our partners at Gaston College, Lincoln Economic Development Association (LEDA), both Lincolnton City and Lincoln County Governments, Atrium Health Lincoln, and others have worked hard with our Career and Technical Education leaders to create our next level plan to make our workforce development robust, responsive, and real over the years to come.
As part of our efforts, our communications department will frequently share career related information as well as college related planning insight for parents in K-12. It is never too early to start arming yourself as a parent with the options that are available for children as they prepare for the workforce, college, or military. These nuggets of information will be on our LCS social media platforms and we ask that you share the information to your circle of friends to help educate our community about options for career planning.
Lincoln County Schools has also created vision goals for the system. These goals are a result of community and staff input to the Superintendent from a Spring 2021 survey. The goals are as follows:
Staff and students feel optimistic about their ability to develop and demonstrate growth in all aspects of work and learning.
Staff, students, and community members feel adequately informed about available opportunities for their child(ren) and self in order to grow as a leader, learner, and/or participant on a regular basis.
All members of Lincoln County Schools value resources, facilities, technology, and budgets conservatively and actively strive to ensure proper oversight and utilization.
As you can see, we are working hard to make sure these goals can be achieved. The final goal is also one to draw attention to for those parents with a child in the school system. Last year, during the COVID closure, our Board of Education was awarded funds from the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to purchase enough devices so that all teachers and students would have a computer device for the use of learning and teaching. The Board of Commissioners made an investment in our students and it is everyone’s responsibility to take care of these devices while under your or your child’s care. Your school will be sending out a revised edition of the fee structure that will be implemented for damages to the Chromebooks starting this year and moving forward.
Our High Schools will also be on different paths this year with the NCHSAA reclassifying our high school conference alignments. West Lincoln and Lincolnton High will stay in the 2A classification and have several familiar foes this year on the field and court. North and East Lincoln High will move to the 3A classification and will have some new opponents in Iredell and Catawba Counties. The Middle Schools will return to the Tri County Athletic Conference this school year and rejoin the middle schools in Cleveland and Rutherford Counties. Last year, our Lincoln County Middle Schools competed against each other due to COVID. We look forward to our school successes this year with our athletic teams and wish them the best in performance and expect the best in sportsmanship and academics.
Our COVID-19 management plan has been crafted in conjunction with our local Health department officials to create a way for our staff and administrators to ensure students are learning face to face as much as possible. The details of this plan can be found on the LCS website at www.lcsnc.org
Our year is about to start. Our leaders are ready for staff to return and students to fill the halls and classrooms. We cannot wait to see you in the car rider line, at the bus stop, at the store buying school supplies, or even at the ballfield talking about school and sports. We cannot wait for our year together to begin. Thank you for entrusting LCS to educate your child. We will do our best for you because we know that you are sending us your best from home.