Category Archives: Anderson District One

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.

Policy changes address comprehensive health education

The following policy changes were recently approved by the Anderson School District One Board regarding Comprehensive Health Education. The policy addresses health education instruction including reproductive health, pregnancy prevention and now domestic violence education. The policy also deals with drugs, alcohol, tobacco and HIV/AIDS eduction.

Highlights include:

Wingard named District One Teacher of the Year

2016 Palmetto High - Justin WingardJustin Wingard, math teacher at Palmetto High School, was named the District One Teacher at the opening kick-off meeting held Friday, August 12 at Palmetto High.

District employees gathered at Palmetto High School to honor school teachers of the year from each of the 12 schools in District One and to hear the announcement of the District One Teacher of the Year.

Following the announcement, Wingard shared with his fellow teachers that his greatest contribution to education is instilling confidence in his students to believe they can be successful if and only if they work.

First Day at Hunt Meadows

Xavier Dixon gets ready for the first day of school at hunt Meadows Elementary School with breakfast. His teacher is Hanna Sharbo

School District One policy changes 2016

By David Meade

The Anderson School District One Board recenlty 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.

Also School Year; Health Education; Instruction Services for Limited English Proficiency Students; Instructional Services for Limited English Proficiency Students Rule.

Also Admission of Homeless Students; Admission of Limited English Proficiency and Migrant Students; Parents Permission to take School-Sponsored trip form; Graduation Requirements Rule; Admission of Nonresident Students; Student Fund-Raising Activities; Food Allergies and Special Dietary Needs and a related rule.

The revised rules will be posted and can be viewed on the School District website.

Highlights of some of the changes include:

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