Anderson School District One sets goals for improved learning

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Anderson School District One Board heard information on a District Strategic Plan for improved learning from 2022-2027 and approved several policy changes during their meeting March 29.

Finance Director Travis Thomas updated the Board on the Local Option Sales Tax revenue for the month of February. The Board was reminded that Anderson School District One receives 31.596% of Local Options Sales Tax. Of that amount, twenty percent goes toward Property Tax Relief and the remaining eighty percent goes to Capital use. Capital reserve fund balance is $8,059,674. The Building Program fund balance is $14,768,897.

In the Instructional report, Dr. Tifffany Estes, Director of Planning and Development shared information on the 2022-2027 District Strategic Plan that was developed from the Cognia Accreditation process and visit. Dr. Estes looked at the impact COVID had on education and District level administrators met with principals and teachers to determine goals.
The following needs are being focused on at the elementary level: Early Childhood, Gifted &
Talented, Read to Succeed, Improved SC Ready Score, and PASS Scores.
At the middle school level: Improved SC Ready Score and PASS Scores.
At the high school level, the focus is to increase the percentage of students passing the EOCEP, and increase SAT scores.

District One is also focused on recruiting minority administrators/teachers, and improving behavioral issues at all levels. Each school is responsible for writing their own goals.
Assistant Superintendent of Administration/Instruction Dr. Jeff Wilson said teachers indicated they were pleased with the 4×4 schedule due to being able to form better relationships with students. He said students feel they are making better grades and feel consistent with the schedule.

In the Student Nutritional Report Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Becky Brady stated the USDA announced a program to allocate supply chain assistance funds that will help with rising food costs.
She said staffing continues to be a challenge for Student Nutrition Services.
According to Bardy, Anderson District One received notification that Congress failed to extend Child Nutrition waivers. When current waivers expire on June 30th, the USDA will no longer have the authority to serve free meals to all students or provide higher reimbursement rates.

First Reading was held on policy JLDBB-R – Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention . Dr. Wilson explained that policy JLDBB has been in place for years. “With an increase in the number of student issues surrounding suicide, we believe we need to provide more specific information to our staff.”
He asked the Board to review the model administrative rule provided by the South Carolina School Boards Association for the first reading.

The Board approved final reading to Revise Policy DJ Purchasing and to delete Policy AR DJ-R Administrative Rule Purchasing Authority. Superintendent Robbie Binnicker recommended the Board delete the administrative rule because it is redundant and school districts are required to follow the state procurement code.

The Board went into executive session for a discussion of a contractual matter district to discuss an offer on property at Hwy 81 and 85 and to discuss a student discipline issue.
The Board also approved several personnel and administrative recommendations.

Anderson School District One approves personnel