Category Archives: Anderson District One

Anderson School District One budget reflects growth in area

By David Meade

The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees got their first look at the draft budget for the upcoming year during a work session held Tuesday. The outlook is not as bleak as in previous years when reductions in state funding, particularly the base student cost and other areas, affected it tremendously.

The 2016-17 proposed budget benefited greatly from increases in state funding and proceeds from the local option sales tax. According to Superintendent David Havird, the District is seeing growth return to previous levels, resulting in more students.

Anderson County is attracting industry, and in turn employees, by offering fee in lieu tax breaks. While the tax breaks are good for industry, school districts in which the industry locates receive less funding than they would have.

Wren, Palmetto to get new auditorium seats

During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the Anderson School District One Board unanimously approved the purchase of 1,400 new auditorium seats for Wren and Palmetto High Schools. The project will cost approximately $223,000 and should be completed over the summer. Funding for the project will be from a contingency fund of the local option sales tax.

Superintendent David Havird said the project is not on the original project list but due to strong sales during the holidays, the district received additional funding from the 1 cent sales tax. The new seating will be indentical to seats installed in the Powdersville High Auditorium. Each school has seating for 700.

Anderson School District One scores high on accreditation report

The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees heard a special report on the AdvancED Accreditation during their March meeting, which was held on Wednesday afternnoon, March 23 at the District Office.

Michael Lodico, Chairman of the AdvancED Accreditation External Review Team thanked the team for their work in the district over the four days of the accreditation process. He applauded their thoughtful review of the district’s systems, processes, and adherance to AdvancED Quality Assurance Standards.

School District One approves personnel

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

Recommendations – Robyn Anderson, Sixth Grade Teacher, Powdersville Middle; Dena Brocket, Math Teacher, Powdersville Middle; Samuel Cothran, Fifth Grade Teacher, Cedar Grove Elementary; Lisa Cunningham, Kindergarten, Spearman Elementary; Shannon Edmunds, Kindergarten Teacher, Concrete Primary; Leah Gannon, Media Specialist, Concrete Primary; Marley Hart, Resource, Cedar Grove Elementary; Michael Miller, Sixth Grade Math Teacher, Wren Middle; Katelynn Montgomery, LD Self Contained, Palmetto Elementary; Michelle Speedy, Early Childhood Teacher, Hunt Meadows Elementary.

District One Student Art Show announces winners


The second annual Anderson School District One Student Art Show opening reception was held Thursday at the Artory in Williamston. The reception featured student artwork from throughout the district with ten entry artworks submitted by each of the art teachers in District One. The Artory will be open 10 am until 6 pm this Saturday, April 9 for public viewing of the Student Art Show for anyone who missed the opening. The Artory is at 123 Gossett St. in Williamston.

The following winners were announced:

Career and Technology Center plant sale next week

The Anderson School District 1&2 Career and Technology Center Spring Plant Sale will be held April 5-12. Items will be available Mon.-Wed. 9:00 – 11:00a.m. and 12:30 – 2:30p.m. Thurs. and Fri. hours will be 9:00a.m. – 2:30p.m. The CTC is located on Highway 20 just outside of Williamston. For information call Audie Green, 864-847-4121, Ext. 2119.

Selection will include: Marigolds, Impatiens, Salvia, Coleus, Petunia, Dianthus, Vinca, Begonia, Dusty Miller, Celosia, Ageratum.

Flats of 36 will be $10 or Tray of 6 for $2.

Campbell, Hicks to be inducted into SC Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame

By Mike Matthews

Fran Campbell and Lynn Hicks, coaches at Wren High School, will be inducted into the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame this Friday in Columbia. During their times at Wren, the varsity boys and girls basketball coaches have set the standard for excellence in athletics. They have coached longer, won more games, and brought home more championships than anyone else (in any sport) in the history of Anderson School District One.

Coach Campbell and Coach Hicks have each spent the last 33 years of their respective careers at Wren High School.

District One schools receive Gold, Silver awards

Anderson School District One has twelve schools receiving Gold awards as part of the SC Department of Eduction 2014-2015 Palmetto Gold and Silver Winners released recently. Twelve schools earned a gold award for their student achievement, two earned gold awards for closing the achievement gap and three earned silver.

David Havird, Superintendent for Anderson One, said, “On behalf of the district and school leadership teams it is gratifying to know so many schools in Anderson School District One earned these academic performance and closing the achievement gap awards.I do believe it is a result of the students and teachers focus on continuous improvement and high expectations associated with this effort.”

School District One Board report

Anderson School District One Board of Trustees recognized Spearman Elementary, set a date for the March meeting and approved personnel during their meeting Tuesday. Spearman Principal Jason Lesley and Assistant Principal Jane Ayers were recogized during the meeting for their school being named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. District One bus driver Sacajawea Blassingame was honored for saving a student from being hit by a car.

The board set the March meeting tentatively for 3:30 p.m. March 23 due to the regular meeting date of March 29 falling during Spring Break.

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