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Allred tapped to fill District 1 school board seat

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OXFORD Lynn Allred was appointed to fill the District 1 seat on the Granville County Board of Education during Tuesday’s special work session.

Allred replaces Tony Smith, who announced his resignation during the March 4 board meeting. Allred will serve the remaining 16 months of the District 1 term. The seat will be up for election in 2020.

“My intent for running for this seat was to provide the board, and District 1, with a choice — to offer the perspective of a parent and a citizen of this community who is interested in the future of our students, our schools and our county,” Allred said. “This will be a tremendous learning experience, but I am looking forward to working with the board members for the remainder of this term.”

Allred currently works for Granville County government as a public information officer and grants coordinator.

In other business, Superintendent Alisa McLean said the district is waiting on the state to complete their budget in order to fill in the missing pieces of the school board budget. McLean said she wanted to be able to provide the board with accurate, up-to-date information.

Finance Director Beth Day reminded the board that an interim budget was approved during this month’s regular meeting and the school board can continue to operate on the 2018-2019 budget until the new budget is finalized. McLean added she wanted to bring the board a balanced budget, but one that has options and will benefit the district.

McLean also presented a Read to Achieve update from the superintendents’ quarterly meeting. The law requires K-3 students be assessed with valid, reliable, formative and diagnostic reading assessments.

She said the state wants to implement a new system for evaluating these students, but everything is not yet in place. McLean said she and other superintendents have asked the state to delay implementing the new system until everyone is trained and all of the testing materials are in place. McLean added she has educators who are going through training and will be as prepared as they can be if the state decides to move forward.

The school board also received the appraisal of $450,000 for the Joe Toler Oak Hill facility and property. There was some discussion about holding onto the property, and not offering it to the county, while waiting for the NC Department of Health and Human Services to finalize its move to Granville County.

No action was taken on the appraisal or suggestion.

The Granville County Board of Education will meet again for its regular meeting Monday at 6 p.m. at 101 Delacroix St., Oxford.

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