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Anderson School District One Board hears construction report

By David Meade
The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved second reading on a Policy ADF-Wellness Policy, heard a financial update and heard an update on construction projects during their meeting Tuesday.
In his financial report, Finance Director Travis Thomas said that the District One 2017-18 budget had been presented to the County Board and that the presentation “went very smoothly.”
He said he expects the County Board to approve the budget when they meet in mid July.
Thomas also presented a 70 page Efficiency Study which is a mandated financial audit that includes recommendations and comparisons with other school districts in the state.
Based on the comparisons, Thomas said the study shows Anderson School District One is efficient in a number of categories. “We are very efficient,” Thomas said.

Board hears reports on building program and reading programs

By David Meade
During their meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board of Trustees heard from Palmetto High drama teacher Will Ragland, received an update on the building program and heard from reading coaches in the district about how they are encouraging reading in the elementary schools.
Palmetto High Teacher Will Ragland presented information to the Board on the Palmetto Stage Company program and on his local theater company, the Mill Town Players.

School Board meet at Powdersville High library

By David Meade
Anderson School District One Board of Trustees met Tuesday at the Powdersville High School library where they heard an update on the building plan, approved first reading on 13 Board Policies and heard preliminary budget information.
New Board Member Pat Cox was sworn in. Cox was appointed by the District One Board to fill the unexpired term of former Board Chairman Fred Alexander who passed away in Nov.

School Board approves construction bid for Wren projects

By David Meade
The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees packed alot into their first meeting of 2017 held in the library at Palmetto High School.
Board members approved a construction bid for Wren projects, adopted the 2017-18 school calendar, renewed the superintendent’s contract, recommended a new trustee member.
They also announced that the Palmetto High Auditorium will be named in honor of long time Board Chairman Fred Alexander, who died in November.
District One Finance Director Travis Thomas reported Anderson County collected Local Option Sales Tax revenue of $4,296,000 for the months of November and December. Anderson District One received 30.5 percent or $1,314,000. Of that, $262,000 goes to debt relief while $1,051,000 will go to capital improvement projects.

Anderson School District One Board meets

By David Meade

During their monthly meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved an agreement for insurance that will save the district money, and chose delegates to attend the state School Board Delegate Assembly later this year. District One Board members approved the insurance agreement which will be with School Boards Insurance Trust and will cover Workers Compensation Fund and Property and Casualty Fund.

Two new middle schools being proposed

New Middle Schools Proposed

 After updating Board members on the School District One building program Tuesday, Superintendent David Havird introduced plans for replacing Wren Middle and Palmetto Middle school buildings, which are two of the oldest in the district. Havird said Wren Middle School was built in 1951 and Palmetto Middle School was constructed in 1953. Both schools were new high schools when they were originally constructed.

Under the proposed plan, construction of two new schools will take place at the current school campuses while present facilities continue to be used. Portions of both structures will be retained, including gyms and auditoriums.

School District One has smooth opening

By David Meade

The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees heard a brief report on the opening of school, approved course offerings for the new school year and approved a construction bid for a classroom addition at Concrete Primary School. The Board also received a building plan update and heard a preliminary plan for upgrades at two of the district’s oldest schools, Palmetto and Wren Middle.

Building projects continue across School District One

By David Meade

Anderson School District One building program continues to move along with projects and upgrades throughout the district. Superintendent David Havird updated the board members on the building and summer maintenance projects during their regular meeting Tuesday (June 28). Concrete Primary, Wren High, Powdersville Elementary and Powdersville Middle are all seeing improvements.

Havird said the following projects are underway or beginning soon: Construction on an eight room addition to Concrete Primary will begin in August and has a completion date of Feb. 2017. Estimated cost of the project is $2.2 million.

District One Student Nutrition program shows profit for year

By David Meade

During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved final reading on the 2016-17 budget, approved additional personnel for the upcoming school year and heard that the student nutrition program showed a good profit for the year.

No one spoke at a public hearing on the $66,180,471 budget held prior to the regular Board meeting. The board unanimously approved the budget.

During the meeting Superintendent David Havird updated the Board on District One investments which include 27 CDs with interest rates ranging from 1.75 percent to 5.40 percent. Havird said interest rates are expected to begin going up and suggested the board may want to look at some of the CDs which have maturity dates eight to ten years out.

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.

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