School Board approves additional personnel

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The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees met in regular session on Tuesday, April 25, at the District Office. The board heard an update on the building program, STEA and STEM programs and competitions and approved personnel recommendations.
in his financial report, Superintendant David Havird briefly reviewed the fourteen schools’ local accounts which he said are being spent at an appropriate rate. He reviewed the district investments with a total annual interest of $97,341.
Havird reported the major district accounts as follows: Investment Account: $3,717; Operating Account: $7,461,838; Food Service Account: $789,122; Building Fund Account: $3,625,889 and S.C. Governmental Inv. Pool: $15,077,159.
District One Finance Director Travis Thomas reviewed the major revenue projections for 2017-18 compared to 2016-17 actual revenue.  Projected totals-to-date shows an increase of $582,325.
Thomas updated the board on the revenue from the local option sales tax. Total sales tax allocated to District One for the month of March was $1,215,211. Twenty percent ($243,042) of this is used for property tax relief leaving the district $972,169 for capital improvement projects. Current ending penny sales tax fund balance was $5,227,916.
Thomas reviewed the revenue accounts and expenditure accounts with the board.  Revenue collected is 80% of total budget with expenditures at 67% of budget both at acceptable levels.
Instructional Report
Jane Harrison, Assistant Superintendent of InstructionHarrison congratulated Weston Scroggs, Counselor at Palmetto High, who was recognized as the 2017 Pendleton Region CATE Counselor of the year for his many accomplishments and wonderful work he does as a counselor.
She reported the STEAM/STEM programs in the district have provided high quality hands-on experiences for our students. She recognized teachers and students for their work on the Jet Toy and Glider competitions. She informed the board that the Accelerate program parent meetings will begin April 26th.
The High Schools are working on their fuel cell cars in preparation for competition. Also, the STEA programs are using coding classes to create video games. The district has begun testing mostly online. There were some early issues but since then have had no significant issues with online testing. She complimented the IT department for their hard work and preparation. She thanked the board for providing the resources and computers to provide a smooth testing environment.
Student Nutritional Report
Assistant Superintendent of Administration Robbie Binnicker reported that the average daily participation for March is up slightly from last year. Profits for March are also up slightly from the year before.  Several SNS employees attended and passed with high scores the mandatory ServSafe Training. Palmetto Middle began serving Smart Mouth Pizza and reimbursable meals have increased by 200-250 per day.
The board was reminded that SNS has typical expenses at the end of the year that averages almost $208,000 in indirect costs and approximately $159,000 in fringe benefits.
Building Program Update
Havird updated the board on the building program.  According to the superintendent, the 8 room addition at Concrete is going very well and will be finished very soon.  Powdersville and Wren tennis courts have been graded with gravel and lights are up on both courts.  The Wren HS locker room and weight room is coming along very well.  The construction crew is working quickly to finish the project by the end of summer.
The board went into executive session to discuss a contractual matter. Upon returning from executive session, Board Chair Nancy Upton announced that no action had been taken in executive session.
The board unanimously approved the following personnel recommendations:
Leave – Chuck Hamlett, Band Director, Wren High School.
Recommendations – Jessie Anderson, Fourth Grade, Palmetto Elementary; Patricia Childress, Science Teacher, Palmetto High School; Garland Cox, .5 Science Teacher, Powdersville High School; Heather Cromer, LD S/C Teacher, Wren Middle School; Jenna Daniel, Second Grade Teacher, Spearman Elementary School; Jarrod Darnell, Fifth Grade Teacher, Spearman Elementary School; Gary Frazier, Band Director, Palmetto High School; Jobie Henderson, Third Grade Teacher, Spearman Elementary School; Sandy Lesley, .5 GT LAUNCH Teacher, Cedar Grove Elementary School; Rachel Locke, First Grade Teacher, Spearman Elementary School; Julia Lusk, First Grade, Hunt Meadows Elementary School.
Also Christine Mack, First Grade Teacher, Spearman Elementary School; Lisa McMahon, Eighth Grade Teacher, Powdersville Middle School; Megan Saville, Seventh Grade ELA Teacher, Palmetto Middle School; Kaitlyn Shuman, Third Grade Teacher, Spearman Elementary School.
Transfers – Robbin Gray, Grade One Teacher at Spearman Elementary School to Kindergarten Teacher at Hunt Meadows Elementary School; Sanja Zoeller, Grade Two Teacher at Spearman Elementary School to Teacher Assistant (classified) position at Spearman Elementary.
Resignation – Hannah Billingsley, Grade Five Teacher, Hunt Meadows Elementary School; Gresham Brown, Third Grade Teacher, Spearman Elementary School; Valarie Hildebrand, Grade Three Teacher, Powdersville Elementary School; Ashley Simmons, Spanish Teacher, Wren High School; Jennifer Woody, Grade Three Teacher, Powdersville Elementary School.
Retirement – Cathy Swafford, Eighth Grade Science Teacher, Powdersville Middle School
Unanimous vote. Motion carried.
The meeting was followed by a budget work session.
(Reported from minutes of the Tuesday, April 25 board meeting)