Category Archives: Anderson District One

Anderson School District One – detailed audit report

By David Meade

Greene, Finney and Horton Auditor Ken Meadows presented the following information on the School District One annual audit for the period ending June 30, 2016: Meadows reported to the District One School Board last week that the District received an “Unmodified Opinion” which is “the best opinion the school district can receive.” According to Meadows, highlights from the audit showed the General Fund Balance increased by $2.7 million to $14.1 million.

The Local Option Sales Tax generated $6.8 million for the district. Of that, $1.3 million went to Debt Service and $5.5 million Capital Projects. Meadows said the District has an unassigned fund balance of $13.9 million which is 21 percent of budgeted expenditures for 2017.

District One Board hears audit report

During the Anderson School District One Board meeting Tuesday Greene, Finney and Horton Auditor Ken Meadows presented information on the annual audit. Meadows told the Board the District received an “Unmodified Opinion” which is “the best opinion the school district can receive.”

According to Meadows, highlights from the audit showed the General Fund Balance increased by $2.7 million to $14.1 million. The Local Option Sales Tax generated $6.8 million for the district.

Of that, $1.3 million went to Debt Service and $5.5 million Capital Projects.

School District One building project update

During their meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Superintendent David Havird updated School Board Members on the building program and expected growth in the Powdersville-Wren area. iBuilding projects include work at Concrete, Wren, Powdersville and Palmetto. Havird said the slab for the Concrete Primary Addition will be poured on Dec. 5.

Bidding for the Powdersville High Tennis Courts took place in November and grading is set to begin in December. Havird said much of the work on the tennis courts is temperature sensitive and temps must be above 50 degrees, making completion of the project difficult over the winter.

School Board elects takes oath, elects officers

By David Meade

During their November meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Trustees recently re-elected to serve on the Board were administerd the oath of office and then heard an update on the building program and athletic accomplishments at the District’s three high schools. Board members Brenda Ellison (Area Six), David “Moochie” Merritt (Area Three) and Mike Wilson (Area Two) were administered the oath of office.

Nancy Upton was elected Board Chair, Dr. Doug Atkins was elected Vice-Chair, David Merritt was elected Secretary. Mike Wilson was elected to serve on the Alternative School Board. Upton and Adkins were re-elected to serve on the Anderson District’s One and Two Career and Technology Center Board. Board member Fred Alexander, who was elected to the board in 1990 and has served as Chairman for 26 years, was not able to be at the meeting due to his health.

School District One graduation at record high

Anderson School District One officials announced this week that the graduation rate in District One increased from 91.6 in 2015 to 93.1 in 2016.

Wren High School had the highest graduation rate in the district with a 97.2. Powdersville High School was right with Wren with a graduation rate of 97.1. Palmetto High School has a 85.8 graduation rate.

Powdersville Boys Cross Country State Champions

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The Powdersville Boys Cross Country Team made history by becoming the school’s first athletic team to win a state championship. They won the 3A Cross Country Title on Saturday at the State Cross Country Meet held at the Sandhill Station in Columbia. Team members are from left: front – Jordan Parish, Jacob Moore, Mason Parish, Connor Vaughn. Back – Coach Libby Holliday, Francisco Del Valle, Cameron Matthews, Josh Moore, Brendan McManamon, Noah Brock, and Kollin Campbell. (Photo by Mike Gowan)

School safety remains priority for District One

Board to consider resource officers for elementary schools

By David Meade

Anderson School District One Board of Trustees recognized students from across the district who had a perfect score on new testing, held first reading on new overtime requirements and discussed school safety during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday.

Due to the recent shooting incident at Townville Elementary School, Superintendent David Havird told board members that he wanted to have further and open discussion on school safety, which has been a priority for the district.

Havird said additional cameras and new access doors have been installed at all fourteen schools in the district and the District office.

Anderson School District One to run on schedule

Anderson School District One is planning to open and operate on a regular schedule for the remainder of the week, school officials said Wednesday.

Governor Haley has declared a State of Emergency for South Carolina in response to Hurricane Matthew. The emergency order included the closing of school districts from the Midlands to the Coast. Due to the present path of the hurricane, Anderson One is not currently expected to receive severe weather and is planning to be open and operate on regular schedule the remainder of the week.

“We will continue to monitor weather conditions carefully and update our plans as necessary,” a District One spokesperson said.

Wren student arrested in assault incident

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By Stan Welch – A 17-year old Wren student has been charged with assault following an incident that occurred on Sept. 16 at Wren High School. According to reports, Bradley Kade Clardy of Piedmont was arrested by Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies for assault and battery in the third degree after allegedly stripping a 14 year old male student and forcing him to put on a cheerleader’s uniform.

Warrants state the incident happened during school hours at the Wren High football fieldhouse and that it was caught on video.

Prince crowned Homecoming Queen – Powdersville High

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Madison Prince is crowned Powdersville’s 2016 Homecoming Queen by 2015 Homecoming Queen Jade Richard on Friday night during ceremonies at halftime of the game against Carolina Academy. (Photo by Michael Lollis/lollisphotography.com)

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