Category Archives: Anderson District One

District One School Board approves 20 policy changes

By David Meade

During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the Anderson School District One Board approved twenty policy changes ranging from school bus safety, food and sales and snack vending to health education and homeless students.

The policy revisions have been considered by the board for several months and include:

Board Meeting Notification, Agenda, Bus Safety Program, Competitive Food Sales/Vending Machines; Competitive Food Sales/Vending Machines Rule; “Smart Snacks” Individual Exempt Fundraiser Checklist Form and “Smart Snacks” Annual School-Based Exempt Fundraiser Summary Report Form.

Building projects continue across School District One

By David Meade

Anderson School District One building program continues to move along with projects and upgrades throughout the district. Superintendent David Havird updated the board members on the building and summer maintenance projects during their regular meeting Tuesday (June 28). Concrete Primary, Wren High, Powdersville Elementary and Powdersville Middle are all seeing improvements.

Havird said the following projects are underway or beginning soon: Construction on an eight room addition to Concrete Primary will begin in August and has a completion date of Feb. 2017. Estimated cost of the project is $2.2 million.

Growing school districts being penalized by ACT 388

By David Meade

Anderson School District One is among a number of growing school districts across the state, that are being penalized in funding as the result of ACT388, a law enacting a one cent statewide sales tax to replace residential housing property tax in the state. District One Superintendent David Havird said this week that Anderson District One has lost several million dollars in funding since the state enacted ACT 388 in 2007 to provide property tax relief.

Havird said growing school districts throughout the state are being penalized by the formula state legislators came up with for property tax relief which was supposed to be made up with the one cent sales tax.

Powdersville High School Class of 2016

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Wren High School Class of 2016

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School District One Board approves $66,180,471 budget

By David Meade

Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved final reading on the 2016-17 budget during their meeting Tuesday. No one spoke at a public hearing on the budget held prior to the regular meeting.

Superintendent David Havird said the $66,180,471 budget is in good shape and the final version included only a few changes from a revised version dated May 13. Havird told the Board the budget reflects the District’s committment “to providing an educational experience our students need to be prepared for college or their careers.”

School District One of offer free lunch program

Anderson School District One will offer a Summer Food Service Program which will provide free meals weekdays to children ages 4 to 18 throughout the district. Lunch will be provided free of charge weekly beginning June 8 through July 29.

Open serving will be offered on-site at three area schools. Palmetto Elementary, Spearman Elementary and Wren High School will provide lunch daily from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For those unable to participate at one of the on-site school locations, there will be seven delivery sites located throughout the district.

Delivery sites will be at the following locations:

District One Student Nutrition program shows profit for year

By David Meade

During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved final reading on the 2016-17 budget, approved additional personnel for the upcoming school year and heard that the student nutrition program showed a good profit for the year.

No one spoke at a public hearing on the $66,180,471 budget held prior to the regular Board meeting. The board unanimously approved the budget.

During the meeting Superintendent David Havird updated the Board on District One investments which include 27 CDs with interest rates ranging from 1.75 percent to 5.40 percent. Havird said interest rates are expected to begin going up and suggested the board may want to look at some of the CDs which have maturity dates eight to ten years out.

Anderson School District One Board approves personnel

The Anderson School District One Board approved the following personnel recommendationds:

Recommendations – Elizabeth Brown, Guidance, Spearman Elementary; Madeline Ellison, Grade Four, West Pelzer Elementary; Brittany Goza, English, Palmetto High; Kevin Hinnant, English Teacher, Wren High; Breanna McAbee, Math, Powdersville High; Sherri Moye, English Teacher, Wren High; Jamie Newsome, Spanish, Palmetto High; Kelly Peters, Grade Three, West Pelzer Elementary; Gabriela Samour, Science, Wren High; Shanna Towery, ELA, Palmetto Middle; Jennifer Woody, Grade Three, Powdersville Elementary.

Anderson School District One budget reflects growth in area

By David Meade

The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees got their first look at the draft budget for the upcoming year during a work session held Tuesday. The outlook is not as bleak as in previous years when reductions in state funding, particularly the base student cost and other areas, affected it tremendously.

The 2016-17 proposed budget benefited greatly from increases in state funding and proceeds from the local option sales tax. According to Superintendent David Havird, the District is seeing growth return to previous levels, resulting in more students.

Anderson County is attracting industry, and in turn employees, by offering fee in lieu tax breaks. While the tax breaks are good for industry, school districts in which the industry locates receive less funding than they would have.

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