Tim Brown, PLC Training Associates, Solution Tree, Inc. (a national speaker) was at the Merrill High School Auditorium Monday speaking to the teachers about Dr. Richard DuFour’s Professional Learning Communities (PLC) – characterized by shared mission, vision, values and goals; collaborative teams focused on professional and student learning; collective inquiry into “best practice,” “current reality,” and strategies to bridge the gap; action orientation and experimentation; commitment to continuous improvement; and a focus on results. Several teachers attended this overview from multiple school districts.
The expansion and renovation of the Lincoln County Courthouse got under way last week and by Monday afternoon, considerable progress had been made on the foundations of the addition. As part of the long-delayed project both court rooms will be remodeled, a third dedicated courtroom where the Clerk of Courts and County Clerk’s office was located will also be built. In the addition, holding cells and a dedicated elevator will be added that will allow prisoners to be taken to and from court appearances without mingling in the rotunda with the general public. Jury rooms will also be added to the courthouse that will also keep them sequestered from the public during recesses. The work is projected to be finished by March of 2011. In the meantime, all court operations are being held in the Lincoln County Service Center on Sales Street.