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School Board Takes on Issues: Budget looming
By Anne Waits
web posted March 15, 2013
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School
Board took action Tuesday night regarding the authorization of a new
level data software contract, accepted a bid for the roofing portion of
Building Project 502 and gave permission for the harvesting of timber
on the Strom Thurmond High School campus, along with other matters.
In a special order of business, Assistant Superintendent Donna Strom
spotlighted student participants in the Regional Math Counts
Competition held Feb. 23 at Aiken Technical College. Both JET and
Merriwether Middle Schools had teams that competed against schools from
Aiken County. Merriwether Middle won First Place and advanced to the
State Competition on March 2. JET Middle won Second Place.
Team members from Merriwether Middle include Will Holmes, Ethan Lowe,
Jared Bodiford, Chandler Thacker, Emily Santiago-Preachers, Jacob
Hodges and Misty Henderson. JET Middle team members include Weston
Whitfield, Garrett English, Alana Caddell and Gracie Herrin.
"We are extremely proud of our students from both middle schools and
sincerely appreciate the efforts of their math teachers/coaches, Julie
Leake and Georgie Rohr," said Strom.
Also highlighted at this meeting was the JET Middle School Washington,
D.C. trip, with a report by JET principal Stephen Hampton. He
told of the many educational and sight-seeing experiences gained from
Several educators were granted permission to take students on trips,
lumped together in one vote, including permission for Marietta Epps
Williams of Strom Thurmond Career Center to take students to World of
Coco-Colain Atlanta, Ga. on April 23; Jenene Austin of Strom Thurmond
Career Center to take students to FCCLA State Leadership Competitiion
in Columbia on March 14-16; Ashia Duprey of Strom Thurmond High School
to take students to Charlotte, N.C. on April 26 to compete in Carowinds
Education Days; and Marcus Moore of JET Middle School to take students
to Atlanta Aquarium/Coco-Cola in Atlanta on May 24.
Under Instructional Services, a list of Policies and Administrative
Rules were approved on Second Reading: Policy IHCA-Summer School;
Policy IKAB-Report Cards; Policy IKB-Homework; Administrative
Rule-Policy IKB-R-Homework; Administrative Rule-Policy IKD-R-Honor
Rolls; Policy JKC-Probation of Students; Policy JKD-Suspension of
Students; Administrative Rule-JKD-R-Suspension of Students; Policy
JKE-Expulsion of Students; Administrative Rule-JKE-R-Expulsion of
Students; Policy IHBIB-Primary/Pre-Primary Education (Child
Development); Administrative Rule IHBIB-R-Primary /Pre-Primary
Education (Child Development); Administrative Rule
IHBIB-E-Primary/Pre-Primary Education (Child Development) Student
Selection Criteria and Procedure.
Strom informed the Board that committees of teachers and school
administrators from each elementary and middle school in the county
attended the Regional Textbook Caravan held at USC-Aiken on Jan 8 to
review math textbooks on the state adoption list and that each school
committee had brought back information to the schools for study and
discussion. Each elementary and middle school made recommendations. The
Board unanimously approved the adoption of the enVision Math series by
Scott Foresman/Pearson for grades K-5 and the Glencoe series by
McGraw-Hill for grades 6-8.
Still under Instructional Services, Strom informed the Board that
beginning on Jan. 3, draft calendars for 2013-2014 had been sent to all
staff members for feedback. An offer was made for any teacher or group
of teachers to form a calendar to be submitted for review. After
feedback was received, a second group of three proposed calendars were
designed using recommendations, and a final vote was taken. Calendar #1
was recommended to the Board and the Board unanimously approved it.
This calendar is available on the district website to be viewed.
Under Facilities and Operations, Director James Courtney informed the
Board that 16 bidders had bid on the roofing portion of Building
Project 502 during pre-bid and that had been reduced to six under the
actual bidding. During executive session, the low bidder, Lloyd Roofing
of Greenwood, was approved for the project.
Courtney also informed the Board that a beetle infestation had been
found on pine trees planted by the FFA on the Strom Thurmond Campus.
The way to take care of it is to harvest the timber and Log Creek
Timber Company has agreed to do the job at no fee except for trucking
costs. The Board voted to approve this action. The money from the
timber will go back into the FFA which they will use for a much-needed
shed for implements.
Also discussed in open session and voted on in executive session was
the Level Data Software Proposal which the School District has talked
about for some time. Courtney informed the Board that he had looked for
other schools with the same type of software but had not been able to
find them. However, currently the district uses SIF which requires a
separate SIF for each program and the district needs a system that will
take information out of Power School and do an interchange for all
"This software is much needed to meet the teachers' needs," he said.
The Board voted to accept the software ANC Group.
Also under Facilities, Courtney updated the Board on the building
project stating that the stadium is still behind due to rain delays and
that most of the work has been below ground until now.
"Now that they are coming out of the ground, they will begin catching
up," he said. "Concrete slabs will be poured tomorrow and brick work
can begin. They can now look at extra work and extra people.
He said columns have been up on the stadium for four weeks and the
bleacher part is looking to be complete on time.
"They are now in 'catch-up' mode," he said.
In further business, a resolution was passed for WKSX Radio Station by
the School Board. Also, School Superintendent Greg Anderson informed
the Board that the Sue Jolly Award has been created.
"This is not a scholarship," he said. "Sue Jolly was the teacher who
started the Mock Trial Program back in 1983 and in her honor the team
wanted to select a person who exhibits the qualities of Sue Jolly and
an anonymous donor has donated $100 to that person."
Anderson also mentioned the Credit Recovery/Attendance
Recovery/Maymester policies and reminded the Board that graduation is
coming up and that every year they seem to have a discussion on the use
of these policies.
"This is just a reminder that this time is coming up and if there are
any changes to be made to these policies, let us know now."
After some discussion, The Board agreed that the policies need to be
Under a Superintendent Evaluation Discussion, Dr. Carroll Wates, Board
chairman, said he had done some checking and there were some questions
regarding the format of the Superintendent Evaluation and asked for a
discussion. It was decided to do more checking and to discuss at a
The Day at the Capitol on May 8 was mentioned and Board member James
Bibbs said he will not be able to go this year. Wates reminded Board
members they will need to let someone know if they will be able to
attend by April 12.
Bibbs also had no information as to SCSBA: Officer/Board Nominations at
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