Category Archives: Anderson District One

School District seeks to assist in attaining diplomas

Due to Exit Exam

The South Carolina General Assembly recently approved legislation that removes the exit exam as a requirement for graduation beginning with the graduating class of 2015. Under Act 155, the elimination of the exit exam (BSAP, HSAP) requirement is retroactive to the graduating class of 1990. The Office of Federal and State Accountability at the South Carolina Department of Education and Anderson School District One has created procedures to assist anyone seeking to petition for a diploma.

District One may balance budget with state funding

Diplomas denied due to Exit Exam can now be awarded

By David Meade

During their monthly meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board of Trustees amended the budget, approved a process to award diplomas to students who failed the exit exam and approved personnel recommendations for the upcoming school year.

District One Superintendent David Havird told the Board that after approving the budget, the state Senate approved additional revenue for schools, amounting to $270,000 for Anderson District One.

Havird said the additional money was added to the expected revenue in the budget, lowering the amount that was needed from the fund balance.

District One Board approves personnel, transfers

During their Tuesday meeting, The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved the following personnel transfers. The recommendations were made by Superintendent David Havird:

Transfers – Kim Brock, Wren Elementery, will be transferring from Grade 4 to Reading Coach, effective August 12.

Ray Callaham, Principal at Palmetto High School, will be transferring to Wren High School as an Assistant Principal, effective July 1.

Anderson School District One to hold Graduation this Friday

For the first time ever, Anderson School District One will hold commencement exercises for three high schools, All three services will be held this Friday, May 30 at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson.

The first graduating class of the Powdersville High School will receive diplomas at 1 p.m. Wren graduation will be held at 4 p.m. Palmetto graduates will be the first to receive diplomas beginning at 10 a.m.

Powdersville High Commencement May 30 – 1 p.m

Powdersville High Commencement will be held at Littlejohn Coliseum at 1 p.m.

Honor Grad Rachael Hamilton will lead a moment of reflection. Honor Grad Drayton Tsirkas will lead the Pledge to the flag. Honor Grad Casey Barwick will present the Star Spangled Banner. Principal Dr. Chris Ferguson will welcome guests.

District One approves first reading on 2014-15 budget

By David Meade

During their meeting Tuesday, the Anderson School District One Board of Trustees unanimously approved first reading on the 2014-15 school year budget. As approved, the budget has anticipated revenues of $60,160,887 with expenditures of $60,687,117. The $526,230 deficit will be made up from the District’s reserve fund.

According to Superintendent David Havird, the District’s fund balance currenly stands at $9,790,926. That is about two months of expenses for the district and within two to three months reserve recommended by auditors.

Havird said there is a possibility of lowering the amount needed from the reserve fund by $300,000 to $330,000 if the state decides to allow flexibility on technology funding.

Parents address school board on moving class to Powdersville

The Anderson School District One Board heard from three parents of special needs children in the Wren/Powdersville area.

The parents expressed concerns about a decision made earlier this year to move teacher David Bryant’s special education class from Wren High School to Powdersville High School for the 2014-15 school year.

The parents expressed concerns about the effects moving the class would have on their child and that they had not been consulted or brought in on discussions prior to the decision being made.

Bond reissue to save district $744,000

By David Meade

During their meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved first reading on the 2014-15 budget, approved an interest saving bond issue and heard from concerned parents about a decision to move a special education class to Powdersville High.

As approved the budget has anticipated revenues of $60,160,887 with expenditures of $60,687,117. The $526,230 deficit will be made up from the District’s reserve fund.

No one spoke during a public hearing on the budget held prior to the start of the regular meeting.

Baccalaureate services this Sunday for area graduates

By David Meade

Baccalaureate services for seniors of all three Anderson School District One High Schools will be held this Sunday, May 25. Local churches are sponsoring or hosting the event for each school.

Grace Church in Powdersville, located at 9205 Hwy. 81 North (Piedmont) will be holding Baccalaureate for Wren seniors. Bethesda Methodist Church, located at 516 Piedmont Rd. (Easley) just off Hwy. 81 in Powdersville, will host Powdersville seniors.

For the Wren Baccalaureate program, Nate James of Missionary Baptist Church will have the prelude.

Whooping cough reported in two schools

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) has reported two cases of Whooping Cough in Anderson School District One schools. Wren Middle and Wren High School each have one reported case, according to SCDHEC reports.

Whooping Cough is contagious and affects the nose, throat, windpipe and lungs.

Baccalaureate services to precede graduation

Scheduled for May 25

Area High School Seniors are preparing for that big upcoming event, graduation, with a variety of special activities and services over the coming days. For the first time ever, Anderson School District One will hold commencement services for three high schools, with the first graduating class of the new Powdersville High School joining graduating seniors of Wren and Palmetto on Friday, May 30 at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson.

Palmetto graduates will be the first to receive diplomas beginning at 10 a.m. Powdersville will follow at 1 p.m and Wren at 4 p.m.

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