Palmetto, Wren to get new auditorium seats

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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.

Havird said District One staff will remove the old seats, saving the district $8,000 to $10,000, and the seats that are removed will be made available for sale.

Assistant Superintendent Jane Harrison reported that the district plans to adopt the newly changed 10 point grading scale for third through eighth grade students.

The grading scale will provide a fair opportunity for all students when applying for college and scholarships, Harrison said.

She said a majority of educators and parents applaud the move which creates equity for students in competing for scholarships.

The new grading will allow more students to qualify for Life and Hope scholarships.

The Board unanimously approved the following personnel recommendations:

Recommendations – Cyra Bardo, Art , Palmetto Elementary; Ashley Bate, English, Powdersville High; Emily Bogdan, SC Autism, Palmetto Elementary; Maggie Burdick, Second Grade, Spearman Elementary; Wendy Closz, Strings, Wren Middle; Erin Daniel, Fourth Grade, Wren Elementary; Ashley Dodgens Music, Palmetto Elementary; Ashley Durant, English, Powdersville High.

Also Ashley Enwright, PE Teacher, Palmetto High; Meghan Glass, English, Palmetto High; Emily Hammett, First Grade, Spearman Elementary; Amy Keel, Resource, Powdersville Elementary; Marilawren Mundy Phillips, Second Grade, Spearman Elementary; Megan Reeves, First Grade, West Pelzer Elementary; Tabitha Shorter, Business Education, Powdersville High; Blaire Webber, Middle Level Science, Palmetto Middle; Brooke Windham, Early Childhood Education, Anderson School District One; Heather Yoder, First Grade, Concrete Primary; Sanja Zoeller, Second Grade, Spearman Elementary.

Resignations – Shay Barksdale, Fifth Grade, West Pelzer Elementary; Molly Blackburn, First Grade, Spearman Elementary; Stephanie Clayton, Fourth Grade, West Pelzer Elementary; Kristen Cooper, Social Studies, Palmetto Middle; McKenzie Hoxit, Math, Powdersville High; Joshua Miller, Strings, Wren Middle; Charles Poore, Spanish, Palmetto High.

Retirements – Donna Uldrick, Resource, Wren Middle; Jan White, Kindergarten, Spearman Elementary; Dr. Kathleen Nugent, Biology, Wren High.

Transfers – Amy McKee, Graduation Coach, Palmetto High, will be transferring to TSS as the new PowerSchool Support Specialist.

Lisa Taylor, Title I Assistant, West Pelzer Elementary, will be transferring to a 1.0 teacher at West Pelzer Elementary.

Susan Merritt, Resource (.7), Powdersville Elementary, will be transferring to Resource at Powdersville Middle.

Lara Tate, Grade Five, Powdersville Elementary, will be transferring to Launch at Wren Elementary.

Leaves Request – Katherine Anderson, First Grade, Concrete Primary School.