School District One superintendent contract renewed

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The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees unanimously approved a one year contract for Superintendent Dr. Wayne Fowler during a meeting held Thursday night.

Fowler, 62, has served as Superintendent for the District since 2004.

Before that he served as Assistant Superintendent for 14 years and taught in District One. He will have 41 years as a District One employee when the school year ends in June.

Dr. Fowler said as Superintendent for the last three years, seeing the building program through was a goal along with maintaining student achievement in the district.

“It has been a pleasure to work in Anderson District One,” he said. “I have enjoyed doing every job I have been asked to do by the board.”

“I have a great group of people to work with,” he said. “We have excellent administrators, staff and board in this District.”

Dr. Fowler said his short term goal is to maintain the academic excellence the District has achieved in recent years and do so while working with a challenging budget.

The District is operating with $5.5 million less that just a short three years ago.

“We have been able to maintain high student achievement even with budget cuts,” he said. “I hope to see the District build back some of the cuts we have had along the way.”

“District One truly has been such a great district. It has been a priviledge for me to be superintendent of this district.”

In other actions, the board accepted information on the draft of the 2012-2013 school calendar and approved several personnel recommendations.

The calendar, which will be voted on at the next meeting, is a county-wide calendar very similar to this year’s calendar, according to Assistant Superintendent David Havird. Havird chairs the committee which is comprised of 10 members from across the five Anderson County school districts.

The calendar reflects an effort to prepare for core curriculum across the state and includes traditional family holidays. Christmas/winter holidays will be a bit later to include full weeks with school ending on Friday, Dec. 21 rather than on a Wednesday, Havird said. Classes will end on June 6.

“It is an academically focused calendar with breaks,” he said.

The calendar will be presented at the next board meeting at the end of the month. Some county school districts have already approved it, Havird said.

Following an executive session, the board unanimously approved the following personnel recomendations:

Request for leave – Cassondra Leo, Wren Middle, Grade 7 math.

Resignations – Michael Kastner, Wren High School, Social Studies.

The board then unanimously approved the one year contract for Dr. Fowler for the 2012-13 school year.