Category Archives: Anderson District One

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

Anderson School District One Board recognizes students for competition achievements

By David Meade

During their meeting Tuesday, the Anderson School District One Board of Trustees recognized several groups of students for recent accomplishments and announced that award winning theater teacher and director Will Ragland will be starting a new program at Palmetto High School.

Students at the Career and Technology Center were recognized including Codie Sloan, (Wren High School) who won best Public Service Announcement and best newscast at the national High School Radio Conference in New York City.

School District One Board approves personnel

Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved the following personnel recommendations during their meeting Tuesday:

Billie Fry, Guidance, Wren High School; Lindsey Neal, Math, Palmetto High; Will Ragland, Drama/Art, Palmetto high; Tracy Redmon, Speech, Powdersville Elementary; Nathan Wareham, Math, Palmetto High.

School District One presents student art show

Palmetto Cultural Arts Center Artory hosts

The first annual Anderson School District One Student Art Show opened to the public with a reception on Friday, March 20at The Artory in Williamston .

Over three hundred people attended, viewing one hundred-twenty artworks that were submitted by art teachers at schools from all over District One. The Show is scheduled to run from now until late April in celebration of National Youth Art Month.

Musical entertainment for the art show was provided by two District One students. Sara Sargent, a junior at Wren High , Miss Wrenicycle and Miss Clemson Teen 2015, sang. Javin Grant, a senior at Powdersville High and a gifted pianist, played piano.

WPPB Radio wins national awards


Codie Sloan, a senior at Wren High School, and WPPB The Pulse Radio were the recipients of two National Awards at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference held recently in New York City. Codie was a finalist in four catagories and won Best PSA and Best Newscast. WPPB The Pulse Radio is a student run internet radio station at the Anderson District I & II Career and Technology Center.


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