Category Archives: Anderson District One

Truesdale named District One Teacher of the Year

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Wren High teacher

Matthew Truesdale, an English teacher at Wren High School, has been named Anderson School District One’s Teacher of the Year.

Truesdale has taught at Wren High for seven years after teaching at Northside Middle School in Greenwood for five years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and his Master of Arts in Teaching English from the University of South Carolina. This year he will teach AP Language, AP Literature, and Modern Literature.

Anderson District One readies for new school year

Expecting large enrollment

By David Meade

Anderson School District One Board members heard about preparations being made for the new school year and approved personnel during their meeting Tuesday. Superintendent David Havird outlined top priorities in readying the District’s fourteen schools for the 2015-16 school year. Havird said preparations have been “very positive” and are being made “in a very smooth fashion.”

According to Havird work is being done on two practice fields and in school buildings including maintenance upgrades, new floors and phone systems. Powdersville Middle is getting new tile and carpet in the seventh and eighth grade wings. “We are on track to open this school year in a very positive fashion,” Havird said.

Havird told the board the District is seeing a lot of new students. “It would not surprise me to see 150 to 200 new students. There are a lot of new families moving in.” Havird said the District could have enrollment of 9900 to 10,000 students this year.

Adult Education making a difference in School District One

By David Meade

During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the Anderson School District One Board heard a report on how the adult education program is faring. District One Superintendent David Havird said the adult education program, which had been under the supervision of the Anderson Districts One and Two Career and Technology Center for years, was brought under District One supervision last year.

“It has worked better in a school environment than a career and technology environment,” Havird said. “It is a very important part of Anderson District One.” The program is housed in the old Pelzer Elementary school building and works to award diplomas and GEDs to students ages 17 to 70, according to Havird. 

Adult Education Director Janice Walpole said the program began offering the GED test on computers in January which are designed to evaluate students being prepared to graduate college and for career testing. Walpole said the program had seven graduates during the first session, sixteen the second and a total of 34 between January and June.

School District One approves personnel

The following personnel recommendations were approved by the Anderson School District One Board during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday:

Candace Cherry, Grade 3, Wren Elementary; Johnika Jamison, Guidance Counselor, West Pelzer Elementary; Lisa Melton, Grade 5, Powdersville Elementary; Julie Robinson, Strings, Wren High.

Moore named Powdersville Elementary Principal

Anderson School District One recently named Brad Moore the new principal at Powdersville Elementary for 2015-2016. He has served as Instructional Assistant Principal at the school for the past 7 years. Prior to that position, Mr. Moore taught fourth grade English Language Arts at Concrete Elementary and Powdersville Elementary for 6 years.

School District One approves personnel

The Anderson School District One Board approved the following personnel recommendations during their recent meeting:

Stephanie Brown, Resource, Cedar Grove Elementary; Niki Burger, Kindergarten, Concrete Primary; Sara Day, Math, Powdersville High; Heather Ernst, Guidance Councselor, Palmetto Elementary; Lenette Hernandez, English (.5) Wren High; Jane Mann, Guidance Counselor, Spearman Elementary; Danielle Martin, Grade 1, Spearman Elementary; Chris Mitchell, Band, Powdersville Middle; David Poinsett, Social Studies, Wren High; Cheryl Todd-Stout, Business, Palmetto High.

1 cent sales tax already being used

Work underway on new Powdersville Practice field

For District One improvements

By David Meade

Anderson School District One already has several projects underway that are being funded by the One Cent Education Sales Tax that went into effect in Anderson County in March.

Construction on a new Powdersville High School practice field is underway and is expected to be completed by mid July. The field is located between Powdersville High and Powdersville Middle. Cost on the project is $367,000.

New accreditation process replaces old SACS rating

By David Meade

Anderson School District One Board members recently heard a presentation on the AdvanceEd accreditation program which the district will go through March 20-23, 2016.

Schools are required to go through the evaluation and accreditation process every five years. AdvancEd replaces the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation process that schools used in past and uses some different measurements and ratings designed to help schools improve.

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.

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