Category Archives: Anderson District One

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The Wren Band was one of the highlights of the Piedmont Christmas Parade Saturday.

Audit shows School District One in good shape

Auditors Kevin Tomas and Ken Meadows of the Accounting firm of Greene, Finney and Horton, CPA recently presented the annual audit report to the Anderson School District One Board. The district received an unmodified opinion (the best an organization can receive).

According to the auditors, the general fund balance in 2013-14 decreased $391,000, less than a planned decrease of $549,000. The district has an unassigned fund balance of $8.9 million which is 15.4% of 2014 actual expenditures. The GFOA recommends a minimum of 16.7% (two months expenses). General fund revenues were $55.6 million for 2014. General fund expenditures were $57.9 million for 2014. No material weaknesses were noted. In summary the audit found the district in good financial condition and commended the district on weathering the recent economic downturn very well.

 

School Board recognized Powdersville Band for 2A Championship

The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting November 25 at Powdersville High School. At the start of the meeting, the oath of office was taken by each newly elected board member and the Board recognized the Powdersville High School Marching Band for their 2A State Championship.

Superintendent David Havird recognized the staff and students from Powdersville High School Marching Band, commended the students, Director Lesley Phillips; Assistant Director Trey Farrow; Drum Major Anna Hood and parents for their commitment to excellence and the second state championship in three years.

Vice Chair Nancy Upton read a commodation letter given to each participant. Anderson County Council District Six representative Ken Waters presented the band with a resolution from the Anderson County Council.

 

Andeson School District One Board meeting highlights

The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting November 25 at Powdersville High School.

Superintendent David Havird presented the financial report. He said investments amount to $4,065,000 with $87,422.50 in interest.

Finance Director Travis Thomas reviewed the revenue reports and said tax revenues are expected to begin steadily coming in December and January. Thomas said the district will be moving all employees to direct deposit by April 2015.

Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Jane Harrison updated the board on the A1 Digital Innovation Initiative that won honorable mention at the recent Ed Tech Conference. She gave examples of a number of initiatives going on at district schools.

School District One get good audit report

Meeting held at Powdersville High School

The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting November 25 at Powdersville High School. The meeting included recognition of the Powdersville High School Band, yearly audit presentation, discussion on the penny sales tax and presentation of the 2015-16 calendar.

At the start of the meeting, the oath of office was taken by each newly elected board member and the Board recognized the Powdersville High School Marching Band for their 2A State Championship.

Superintendent David Havird recognized the staff and students from Powdersville High School Marching Band, commended the students, Director Lesley Phillips; Assistant Director Trey Farrow; Drum Major Anna Hood and parents for their commitment to excellence and the second state championship in three years.

Miss Wrenicycle Pageant 2015 winners

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Winners of the 2015 Miss Wrenicycle pageant held Friday at Wren High School are from left: Miss Sophomore, Ashton Bramlett.; Miss Senior, Chandler Neal; Miss Wrenicycle, Sara Sargent; Miss Junior; Mckenzie Davinna; Miss Freshman; Abbie Freeman. (Photo by Rhonda Horne)

District One “Excellent” on State Report Card

Anderson School District One is one of seven districts in the state to earn an Excellent rating on performance and growth on the State Report Card ratings. It is the fifth year in a row to eard the Excellent rating and the District placed 5th placed in the state for student achievement.

The district also earned an Excellent for growth. Thirteen schools in Anderson One schools earned excellent ratings, while one school earned a good rating. Anderson One is extremely proud of the high graduation rate of 90.8 for 2014. It increased from 86.9 in 2013.

Referendum to decide penny sales tax – for education

If approved –  Will increase security, make improvements,
reduce property tax in School District One

By David Meade

Voters in School District One will have the opportunity to vote yes or no on a referendum which provides for a one cent sales and use tax which will provide funding for specific capital improvements for local schools.

The goal of the sales tax is to reduce property tax and debt service and provide school improvement funds.

The 2014 SC Education Capital Improvements Sales and Use Tax Act requires all districts to use 10 percent of the proceeds to reduce property taxes by offsetting the existing debt service on general obligation bonds.

Penny Sales Tax Referendum on Ballot

School District One get an “A”

Anderson School District One was ranked number 5 among 11 districts in the state with Federal Report Card Rating of “A” which was released Tuesday. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act Federal Accountability System, known as the federal report card, scores each school and district based on test scores, attendance and graduation rates.

Anderson One’s 2014 graduation rate increased from 86.9 to 91.8, the fourth highest in the state following York 4, Barnwell 29 and Calhoun.

David Havird, Superintendent of Anderson One, and the district office challenged the district to improve the graduation rate from 86.9 to 90. The teachers and administration took the challenge and met the goal. For the first time, the graduation rate is 90.8.

Havird said, “It is almost impossible to reach 90% for graduation rate but our district has focused heavily on helping more students become successful by receiving a diploma. Graduation coaches are in place to support the students at risk of dropping out. They identify at-risk students, develop intervention plans and provide resources to the school and community. This has had a very positive impact on our district.”

 

Wren High Graduation Coach, Kathy Kaminska and Palmetto High Graduation Coach Amy McKee are advocates for the students and act as a liaison between teachers, parents, administrators, counselors, and students to build school-wide rapport, communication, and support from all stakeholders in order to increase the success of the identified students.

Ms. Kaminska said, “The positive impact of the Graduation Coach is truly realized when an at-risk student attains a high school diploma and can make the following comment:

“It’s like having a parent at school that cares. It’s a good thing because if [he/she] wasn’t here, I wouldn’t be graduating. I guess [she/he] puts things in perspective that makes me care about school and makes me come to school.”

Ms. McKee said, “This reciprocal relationship builds self-respect, self-esteem, and self-reliance in the student and also validates the value and merit of the positive impact that the Graduation Coach has on a student’s achievement, success, and future.”

Anderson One’s High Schools had the 3rd highest score for ELA in the state following York 4 and Lexington 5

Anderson One’s High Schools were 4th in the state for Math and Social Studies; Anderson One tied for 5th place in the state in Science

West Pelzer Elementary, Title I School, was one of 11 schools in the state to score 100.

All three Title I schools in Anderson One (Cedar Grove Elementary, Palmetto Elementary, West Pelzer Elementary) were named Reward Schools for Performance, the highest performing Title I schools for 2014.

Of the 38 primary schools in the state, Concrete Primary was ranked 1st in the state for Social Studies performance, 2nd in the state for ELA and math Performance and 3rd for Science.

Wren High was the 16th top high school in the state after mostly charter schools. Compared to other high schools similar to them, they were 4th in the state beating Fort Mill High, Chapin High, Landrum High, and Lewisville High.

Jane Harrison, Superintendent for Instruction, said “We believe the education of our students is extremely important and we take it very seriously. We make available to our teachers quality professional development and they in-turn provide high level instruction in the classroom. We want and expect our students to be prepared and competitive at each grade level but especially when they leave our district for college or the work place. The federal accountability results are a clear indication that Anderson One is maintaining our tradition of excellence.”

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