By Michael Broihier
Tuesday evening, the Lincoln County Board of Education honored The Interior Journal’s Nancy Leedy with a Patriot Award recognizing her years of tireless service to the county’s sports-minded school children.
Leedy, who has been reporting on Lincoln County sports since 1986, told the board it’s easy to get pictures of stand out players in action, but that she always tries to include shots of the bench or other scenes that include players who might not be starters.
Board Chairman Jim Kelley said he went “way back” with Leedy’s father, Coach Bill Ed Leedy. “I used to sneak into the gym with Bill Ed, Tommy Owens and Mr. Portwood and have a battle on the basketball court,” Kelley said. Last fall, the district named the football field to honor his 14 years of combined coaching at Stanford and Lincoln County High schools.
Patriot Awards were also presented to two students with perfect attendance. Donnie Sullivan, who only missed a half day of school in his career received his plaque in person. Sullivan said that he’d been accepted to several colleges and all of them had commented on his perfect attendance.
Kellie Conley’s mother, Carla, accepted for her daughter saying, “She hasn’t missed a day of school and she hasn’t missed a practice; that’s where she is now.”
In other business, the board approved four more accredited math courses that would expand upon required algebra and geometry classes. Board member Tim Jackson said that the added Personal Finance course was particularly important for students these days.
The board rejected a standalone bid for bush hogging the district’s many properties saying it was high into comparison to previous years. The contract will be rebid.
Building and Grounds Coordinator P. D. Roller said there was a lot of interest in a bid proposal to reroof some of the district’s schools. Roller said that more than 15 bidders attended a pre-bid conference where contractors had the opportunity to see the scope of the project.
District Student Services Director Bruce Smith said that the school calendar needed to be adjusted to accommodate the day off given to support the Lady Patriot’s basketball team in the Sweet 16 Tournament on March 9. To make up for that day, students will attend school on 23 April, which was originally scheduled to be a staff work day. The staff work day was switched to 15 May, after the May 11 final day of instruction.
Fort Logan and LCHS will adjust their graduation times to accommodate the change in the schedule. Both schools will have to graduate on the same night.