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6/20/2013 3:24:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Transition from old LHS to new school almost complete
LAWRENCEVILLE - "It's absolutely winding down," Unit 20 Superintendent Charles Stegall said at Wednesday's monthly school board meeting, regarding the new Lawrenceville High School project.

Reports were given as to the status of the new school, which will open for students in mid-August when the new school year begins.

An open house and ribbon cutting was held Saturday. Some finishing work and small items need to be completed.

"There's about 3-4 weeks left of punch list type items," Stegall explained. "The scoreboards are going to be installed this week and next week. There's going to be some finishing touches. After that it will be turned over to the district."

LHS Principal Paul Higginbotham told the board about 95 percent of the items that are being moved from old LHS to the new school have been moved.

Some surplus items at the high school are going to be used at Parkview and Parkside. Most of those items have been moved.

Higginbotham said the office is open and up and running at the new school, as well. The 943-3389 phone line has been activited.

Wednesday's school board meeting was the last for Stegall, whose last day as superintendent is June 30.

Stegall has accepted the superintendent's job at a much larger school district in Bethalto, a community near Alton and the St. Louis area. He will be replaced by veteran administrator Doug Daugherty. Daugherty will begin as superintendent on July 1. 

An emotional Stegall talked about his nine years with Unit 20, the last five as superintendent.

"It's been a blessing to be here. I'm a very fortunate person and have many great friends in this community and an lot of people I respect an awful lot," Stegall said. "Lawrence County is always going to have a place in my heart. I feel like I've done a pretty good job in the district. I feel like the facilities are in much better shape than they were when I got here and the curriculum is heading in the right direction. 

"We got a lot of positive things going forward and I'm very proud to be a part of this district."


- The board approved the 2012-2013 amended budget, an annual procedure.

- The board approved recognition of the LHS Chess Club for the 2013-2014 school year.

- A series of necessary action items were approved to pave the way for the new school year, including coaching assignment, the Parkside Student Handbook, and advertising for bids for milk and bread.

The board also approved class schedules and teacher assignments and school-wide Title 1 plans. Income guidelines for free and reduced lunches were approved.


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