By Al Dozier

The Lexington-Richland District 5 School Board Monday endorsed a proposal to name the Irmo High School Track and Field Facility after the late Coach Mike Moore.

Moore coached cross country and track for about 40 years. He began serving as a coach at Irmo High in 1983 and continued for 32 years. He died September 17, 2015, in the middle of the 2012-2016 season.

The girls and boys cross country teams each won state championships in the 1990s with the girls taking home two titles.

According to a letter recommending the action from D.C. Terry Sr, chairman of the Irmo High School’s SIC (School Improvement Council), Moore embodied the phrase “above and beyond the call of duty.”

“His dedication to his sport was rivaled only by his dedication to family, students, mentoring and service.”

At Monday’s’ meeting, board member Jan Hammond said she knew Moore well and was familiar with his sports activities in the Irmo community. She said he is deserving of the honor.

In other action, the board adopted a “continuing resolution” for the district’s operating budget as the legislature considers changes in a statewide budget impacted by the coronavirus.

 If the state dos not vote to give final approval of the state budget and education funding by June 30, the board shall continue to govern in accordance with the 2020 budget until it is determined that the 2021 budget goes into effect, according to the resolution

Chief Financial Officer Len Richardson said the district will temporarily impose a “spending freeze,” but he said it would not affect the hiring of personnel.

Capital projects could be affected but Richardson said the district “should be able to weather the storm.”

The board approved a two-year extension of the district’s contract with BB&T Banking Services. The board concluded that it was not the proper time to consider new bids because of the current financial problems brought on by the coronavirus.

The board also extended a contract for a year for Medicaid Direct Billing Services.