School begins Aug. 19 in Lincoln County. It is the 104th year for Lincoln County High School and the 76th year for Pahranagat Valley High School.

Assistant District Superintendent Steve Hansen said, “This will be a transitional year,” as Nykki Holton has announced plans to retire as Superintendent in August 2014.

The school board will need to go through the process of choosing a new superintendent, and the question remains as to whether the board will make a selection early and have that person work along side Holton the learn the system, or wait until she has completely retired?

“There will be lots of transition and training from her to the new superintendent,” Hansen said.

He explained applications are first going to be taken from those already employed by the school district. In a few months, and after review, if a suitable administrative candidate is not found, then applications will be opened to administrators from outside the district.

Hansen said if the person selected is already in the administrative pool in Lincoln County, “I think the transition can be rather easy. If it is someone from outside, it would probably not happen until just before Holton retires, and then it will be a more difficult transition.”

He did not know have many applications have been taken to date, and said he may submit one himself, but has not done so yet.

Total enrollment will be down a little this year, Hansen thinks. In 2012 there were about 970 enrolled throughout the district and he thinks the numbers will around 940 this year.

“That will have an effect on our funding from the state,” he said. Based on tax bases that differ from county to county, Lincoln County gets a little more than $9,000 per student from the state. “So, if your enrollment is down, your funding is going to be down, too. We’re a little worried by that.” Exact numbers will not be known until a couple of weeks after classes begin.

There are only a few new teachers in the local schools. Tyler Heaton, a long-time substitute, takes over as the auto shop teacher at Lincoln County High. Tenille Hunter has been hired as an elementary teacher in Caliente replacing Amanda Graf who moved to American Samoa with her husband, former assitant district attorney Tony Graf. Hunter taught in the Washoe County School District for seven years. And there has been some movement of teachers to different grades at Pahranagat Elementary, including  Cheri Hansen becoming a full-time teacher there. There are no new teachers at Pahranagat Valley High.