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Bristol Area Lions Club Learns about Lincoln Academy’s Plans for the Future 02/08/2012

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Despite a demographic tidal wave working against him, Lincoln Academy headmaster Jay Pinkerton is excited about the future of his school. Pinkerton addressed the Bristol Area Lions Club recently and shared both his enrollment concerns and his ambitious plans to reverse a shrinking student body. In a two-pronged approach, Lincoln Academy has launched a pilot program to enroll international students and is working toward the construction of a new applied technology and engineering center. Both initiatives are geared toward fulfilling Pinkerton’s goals for the school of increasing diversity and of providing quality training for those wanting to pursue a trade.

In the next few years, the headmaster foresees on-campus housing for 24 international students along with house parents and daily meal service. As the last private academy in the state to take international students, Lincoln Academy is fortunate to be able to learn from other academies what works best for both the foreign students and for the school as a whole. Not only will the presence of foreign students increase diversity on campus, it will also help to stabilize the school’s enrollment and to provide jobs for the local community.

The other initiative being pursued to attract students to Lincoln Academy is a new applied technology and engineering center. Fundraising is ongoing for this exciting new project, whose goal is to have a state-of-the-art facility that can serve all of the school’s students in some capacity. Local students will be able to train at Lincoln Academy in the areas of automotive, marine technology, welding, and drafting, among others. Such as facility has been on the master plan for a long time, so Pinkerton is excited that it is finally moving forward. This project, too, could very well increase local enrollment at Lincoln Academy and raise its visibility in the state as a private school that trains its students well no matter what career they choose to pursue.

In the business meeting that followed Jay Pinkerton’s talk, new ideas to promote the Bristol Area Lions Club and its service to the community came under discussion. The next meeting, on Monday, March 6, will feature Susan Porter of the Maine Coast Book Shop sharing her thoughts on running an independent bookstore. To make dinner reservations for that meeting, please call 677-2095, and to learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, contact John Janell at 563-7402.

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