Insurance agreement will save School District One money

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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.

The memorandum approved by the Board allows the district to be included in a local government agreement pool. Superintendent David Havird said the change will save the district approximately $100,000.

Boardmember Dr. Doug Atkins and Board Chairman Fred Alexander were chosen as delegates for the School Board Business Meeting that will be held Dec. 3. Boardmember Brenda Ellison was selected to serve as a possible alternate.

District One Finance Director Travis Thomas reported that the June Local Option Sales Tax payment of $603,000 had come in. $482,000 of that is going to Capital building projects while $120,689 is going toward reduction of property tax.

Associate Superintendent Robbie Binnicker reported that the WorkKeys test results show District One students are work ready.

“It really is a valuable test we give our students,” Binnicker said. “Students can go into a business and use it to get a job.” Binnicker said 93.6 percent of District One students tested received a National Career Readiness Certificate under the testing.

Binnicker added that it is important for the district to encourage students to take the test.

District One eighth graders are participating in a business and industry showcase sponsored by the SC Department of Commerce and upstate businesses that is being held at the Anderson Civic Center.

Binnicker also reported that the student nutrition program had provided 5647 meals in August which is 149 more meals per day than last year.

The Board went into executive session to discuss a personnel matter and a contract matter involving property.

The Board also approved the following personnel recommendations:

Adam Ridlehoover, Grade Seven Math at Powdersville Middle.

Leave – Charlotte Conklin, Kindergarten at Palmetto Elementary. Brooke Passini, Physical Education at Powdersville High; Jordonna Wilson, LD/Resource at Palmetto Middle.

Transfer – Melissa Thomas, .7 ESOL to ful time ESOL at Wren Elementary.

Resignation – Amanda Squires, English at Palmetto High.