Category Archives: Anderson District One

District One Graduation May 28

All three Anderson School District One High Schools willl hold graduation exercises this Thursday, May 28 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville. Powdersville High graduates will be the first to receive diplomas at 9 a.m. Palmetto High graduation services will be at 12:30. Wren High will be at 4 p.m.

Powdersville High School

Powdersville High graduation will be held Thursday at 9 a.m.

Honor Grad Mary Catharine Patterson will designate a moment of reflection.

Pledge to the flag will be led by Tyler Stoneman, Honor Graduate.

Anderson School District One prepares to wrap up year

Digital innovation a challenge

By David Meade

During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved a slightly revised budget, heard a report on the digitial innovation program and approved personnel for the 2015-16 school year.

During his superintendent’s report, David Havird reported the district has 26 CDs with interest rates from 1.25 percent to 5.4 percent and the district is expecting to receive $95,000 in interest for the year. The district has $4,393,000 currently invested in the various CDs.

Anderson School District One approves budget with minor changes

By David Meade

Anderson School District One Superintendent David Havird presented a slightly revised budget to the board for approval during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday.

The changes from the draft version included additional projected revenues and related expenditure of adding a K5 teacher and unspecified salary increases.

According the Havird, the $62,858,766 budget reflects changes in the House and Senate State budget for reading coaches.

Havird said the senate has asked for additional money for part-time reading coaches which could save District One $150,000 to $200,000 if it is approved.

He also stated that delinquent tax collections were being revised from $210,000 up to $302,000.

District One School Board approves personnel

Anderson School District One Board approved the following personnel for the 2015-16 school year during their meeting Tuesday.

Administrative – Matthew White, Assistant Principal, Cedar Grove Elementary School.

Personnel – Molly Blackburn, Grade 1 Teacher, Spearman Elementary School; Elizabeth Carter, Science, Palmetto High School; Nicki Cothran, Grade 1 Teacher, Spearman Elementary School; Gregory Davis, Art Teacher, Palmetto High School; William Chris Garrison, 7th Grade Social Studies, Palmetto Middle School; Tracy Harvey, English, Wren High School.

State funding increases, tax increase helps balance school budget

By David Meade

Anderson School District One Superintendent David Havird presented a first draft budget to the District One school board during a work session held last week.

The $62,722,766 budget balances with some state increases in revenue and a local tax millage rate increase of 3.34 percent.

Due to Act 388, residential property taxes do not contribute to school operations, however the millage increase does affect business owners, commercial and industrial properties and motor vehicles.

Starting with a brief recap of last year’s budget, Havird said the school district was able to avoid having to use $254,242 budgeted to be taken from the fund balance and that a refinance of $24.9 million in bonds saved the district $2.5 million in payments.

Havird also said the recently implemented local option sales tax will help tremendously with capital projects and that 20 percent of those funds can be used for reducing debt.

Havird said under the current state budget, the base student cost will be $2220, an increase of $100. “This is significant. We have not seen an increase in years.”

School District One approves personnel for 2015-16

During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved the following personnelrecommendations:

Recommendations: Anna Achterhoff, Grade One, Concrete Primary School; Samantha Barnhill, Grade Four, Powdersville Elementary School; Gresham Brown, Grade Three, Spearman Elementary School; Wesley Carwile, Grade Four, Palmetto Elementary School; Atlanta Citeno, S/C EMD, Powdersville Middle School; April Ficklin, English (.5), Wren High School.

School Board approves contract for new practice field

By David Meade

During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved a large number of personnel and held their first budget work session in preparation for the 2015-2016 school year.

The board unanimously approved a contract for Chambers Grading for construction of a new athletic practice field at Powdersville Middle School. Cost for the project is $367,453.10.

Jane Harrison, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, reported testing is underway in District One schools this week and next.

She reported on the success of the Read to Succeed program which involves reading coaches for students.

Harrison said the state has become more involved in intervention for students and is training all teachers on intervention in the classroom.

In the past, students needing assistance have been pulled out of the classroom for individual assistance.

“It is becoming our job to teach where those student are,” Harrison said.

She also said there will be a summer reading camp offered at Spearman Elementary this year.

Anderson County Human Relations Council to recognize local students

The Anderson County Human Relations Council has named the following Anderson County students as recipients of the 2015 Cory White Diversity Award in recognition of their efforts to promote the qualities of diversity and acceptance within their communities.

The students will be recognized at a dinner to be held on Thursday, April 9, at 6 pm at the Civic Center of Anderson. Mr. Walter Lee will be the featured speaker at the event. Approximately 150 attendees are expected, including students, their families, school principals and staff, school district superintendents, and special guests.

Student being recognized include:

District One students heading to national competitions

Recognized by District One School Board

By David Meade

Several teams comprised of students in Anderson School District One will be competiting in national competitions in April.

The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees recently recognized them for their state competition finishes.

Students at the Anderson School District 1 & 2 Career and Technology Center were recognized for their State competition finishes in Robotics and Culinary Arts.

CTC Plant Sale begins next week – Apr. 6-30

The Anderson Districts 1&2 Career and Technology Center will hold their 2015 Spring Plant Sale April 6 through April 30 at the CTC, 702 Belton Highway, Williamston.

Items will be available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 9:00 – 11:00a.m. and 12:30 – 2:30p.m.; Thursday and Friday hours will be 9:00a.m. – 2:30p.m.

For information call 864-847-4121 Mr. Audie Green ext. 2119

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