STANFORD - The future of Kings Mountain Elementary may be a source of debate for parents in the community, but it is no longer in question at the state Department of Education.
A state hearing officer's recommendation returned a finding supporting the Lincoln County Board of Education decision to create a middle school at what is currently known as Kings Mountain Elementary.
"The hearing officer has sent the report back, and he recommended we continue with the plan as submitted," said Lincoln Superintendent Teresa Wallace. State-appointed hearing officer Timothy Lucas was present at a public hearing last month to listen to the facilities use proposals and make a recommendation.
The Kings Mountain conversion was a controversial decision made in the face of county-wide overcrowding at the current facilities. Board members and Facility Planning committee members had been at odds over the best solution, but the board eventually approved the middle school plan late last year after months of debate.