Category Archives: Anderson District One

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

At field house

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


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/

Anderson School District One Board meets

By David Meade

During their monthly meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved an agreement for insurance that will save the district money, and chose delegates to attend the state School Board Delegate Assembly later this year. District One Board members approved the insurance agreement which will be with School Boards Insurance Trust and will cover Workers Compensation Fund and Property and Casualty Fund.

Anderson School District One announces WorkKeys test results

The South Carolina State Department of Education recently released scores for WorkKeys, a skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop and retain a quality workforce. According to information provided by the District, 93.6 percent of all 11th graders in Anderson School District One received a National Career Readiness Certificate that identifies them as “work ready” by earning platinum, gold, silver and bronze.

Anderson School District One Act scores decrease

Anderson School District One saw a decrease on ACT scores recently released. The overall score for 2016 was reported as 19.3 for Anderson One which was below last year’s score of 22.3. Anderson One’s 19.3 beat the state average of 18.5. Students tested English, Mathematics, Reading and Science.

There were decreases in each category as compared to prior years which is common when all students versus a select group of college bound students take the exam, according to Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jane Harrison.

Two new middle schools being proposed

New Middle Schools Proposed

 After updating Board members on the School District One building program Tuesday, Superintendent David Havird introduced plans for replacing Wren Middle and Palmetto Middle school buildings, which are two of the oldest in the district. Havird said Wren Middle School was built in 1951 and Palmetto Middle School was constructed in 1953. Both schools were new high schools when they were originally constructed.

Under the proposed plan, construction of two new schools will take place at the current school campuses while present facilities continue to be used. Portions of both structures will be retained, including gyms and auditoriums.

Wren, Powdersville tennis court projects moved up on schedule

By David Meade

In addition to classroom additions at Concrete Primary, Anderson School District One has other building projects underway including plans for new tennis courts at Powdersville and Wren High Schools, a new Weight Room and Locker Room Facility at Wren High, and a new Multi-Purpose Athletic building at Palmetto High.

Superintendent David Havird updated District One Board members on the building program during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday. Havird said that with funding available and at the urging of board members, they are moving projects up on the schedule.

School District One has smooth opening

By David Meade

The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees heard a brief report on the opening of school, approved course offerings for the new school year and approved a construction bid for a classroom addition at Concrete Primary School. The Board also received a building plan update and heard a preliminary plan for upgrades at two of the district’s oldest schools, Palmetto and Wren Middle.

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