Category Archives: Anderson District One

School Board gets look at preliminary budget

Anderson School District One Board of Trustees held a budget worksession last week as they begin the budeting process for the 2014-15 school year.

Superintendent David Havird presented “very preliminary” budget information based on funding expected to be provided in the State House budget, which is also currently being worked on in Columbia.

Havird said the presentation was the “First round of the process. There has been a lot of time and energy on this process at this point.”

Havird said the District staff has been looking at State initiatives and funding including a revised funding formula for the Education Finance Act (EFA) with new weightings for poverty, gifted and talented students and students requiring specialized instruction; a slight increase in the base student cost which is still lower than it should be; fifty percent funding by the state for reading coaches; funding for summer reading camps; lottery funds for statewide technology improvements (with weighted distribution); digital instruction materials; state funding for a charter school district and school bus purchases by the state.

They are also considering staff and enrollment projections, reviewing expense and revenue accounts for the past year, preparing and reviewing school academic programs and priorities, calculating the major changes in the EFA weighting changes and funding formula; reviewing local assessment date from the County Treasurer’s Office and evaluating a step increase for professional and support staff.

The District is expecting a slight increase in the base student cost, from $2,101 to $2,120 and some new state funding for K-12 technology, $318,532 and reading coaches, $219,555. The District will have to fund half of the salaries for the reading coaches, he said.

In summary, the District is anticipating revenues of $60,217,556 and budgeted expenditures of $61,159,127, resulting in an unbalanced budget of $941,571.

Havird told the Board they may have to consider using some of the fund balance money to cover the difference.

There will be additional work on the budget over the next few weeks. The budget year ends in June.

State funding changes will affect District One budget

By Stan Welch

The state giveth and the state taketh away, at least when it comes to funding education. That was the gist of Superintendent David Havird’s report to the Anderson District One School Board Tuesday night.

Havird expounded on the recent changes implemented as a result of Governor Nikki Haley’s proposed modifications to the state’s educational efforts. Haley proposed significant changes earlier this year, including major reallocations of funds for technological and infrastructure improvements for the state’s impoverished counties and school districts.

Harrell named to head Career & Technology Center

The Anderson School District One and Two Career and Technology Center Board has named Holli Harrell as the new Director. Harrell, who is the current Assistant Director will replace retiring CTC Director Dr. Jere Kirkley for the 2014-15 school year.

Dr. Kirkley announced in January that he intends to retire as Director of the CTC at the end of the school year.

Board Chairman Nancy Upton said, “The Board and school employees will miss Dr., Kirkley greatly but must respect that, after 43 years of service to the school system, he deserves to spend more time with his family and friends and to pursue personal hobbies and interests.”

School District One moving forward with digital learning

To purchase 7000 mobile devices

By David Meade

The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees heard a presentation on the benefits of digital learning before deciding to move ahead with a $7 million bond issue to purchase iPads for every student in the district along with related software and training that will be necessary.

Approximately $6 million of the bond issue will fund a mobile device initiative that will bring 7000 new mobile devices and related wireless upgrades, software and instruction to District One.

According to Superintendent David Havird, $3.9 million is needed to purchase iPads for every student in grades 3-12; $450,000 for wireless upgrades; $260,000 for storage/charging carts and lockers; $500,000 for mobile device management applications and software; $675,000 for professional development (instructional training) to make the program successful.

$25,000 Bosch grant encourages science education

By David Meade

During the monthly Board meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One was presented a $25,000 check from Bosch to be used in a program designed to encourage students to pursue subjects like science and engineering.

Randy Bunch, Director of Human Resources and Continuous Improvement Process at Bosch of Anderson, presented the check which will be used for the purchase of STEM kits. “The need to encourage students to pursue key subjects like Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is tremendously important right now,” Bunch told the Board.

Anderson County School Board supports new one cent sales tax

For school security and improvements

By David Meade

The Anderson County School Board of Education voted Monday to support a proposal for a new one cent sales tax in Anderson County which would be used for school security, capital improvements for all five school districts and a reduction in property taxes. County Board Member Dale Martin was the only dissenting vote.

All five school districts have already passed resolutions in support of the tax increase. The school districts were asked to give their support so that the Anderson County Legislative Delegation can move forward with the proposal in Columbia.

New technology, IPads being used in District One classrooms

By David Meade

Anderson School District One teachers and students are using the latest technology for both learning in the classroom and for training teachers. During a recent Anderson School District One Board meeting, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Jane Harrison presented information on the new technology being introduced in the district.

Harrison said the district recently acquired new IPads and related apps which are being used for student instruction. The District has 356 IPads with approximately 200 teachers already using the new technology in the classroom, she said.

School District One approves personnel for 2014-15

By David Meade

The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees recently approved the 2014-15 school calendar and approved personnel including an extension of employment for Superintendent David Havird for the 2014-15 school year.

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent David Havird, the following personnel recommendations were approved:

Anderson School District One Calendar 2014-2015

The Anderson School District One Board recently approved the 2014-15 school calendar The calendar is the same for all five Anderson County school districts. First day for students is August 18.

August

August 12-15 – Professsional Development for teachers.

August 18 – First day of classes.

Build America Bond reissue could save District $700,000

By David Meade

The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees meeting was held Thursday (Jan. 30) after being postponed due to inclement weather on Tuesday.

The Board approved a reissue of bonds, discussed a local option sales tax, approved the 2014-15 school calendar. The Board also approved personnel and renewed a contract for Superintendent David Havird for the 2014-15 school year.

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