Category Archives: School

Mustang Stage Company to Present Scapino!

The Mustang Stage Company of Palmetto High will present the funny Italian comedy, Scapino!, opening on Friday, Feb 10, at 7pm and continuing on Saturday, Feb 11 at 7pm and Sunday, Feb 12 at 3pm in the Alexander Auditorium.
Scapino! is a one-act play adapted from Molière’s farce Les Fourberies de Scapin by Frank Dunlop and Jim Dale, set in Naples, Italy.

Christian Learning Centers program in need of teacher

Christian Learning Centers of the Upstate is in need of a qualified teacher to continue the program for the Palmetto area. Christian Learning Centers of the Upstate teaches Bible off-campus during the school day for 8 schools in the area.

School Board approves construction bid for Wren projects, names PHS auditorium

By David Meade
The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees packed alot into their first meeting of 2017 held in the library at Palmetto High School.
Board members approved a construction bid for Wren projects, adopted the 2017-18 school calendar, renewed the superintendent’s contract, recommended a new trustee member.
They also announced that the Palmetto High Auditorium will be named in honor of long time Board Chairman Fred Alexander, who died in November.

Palmetto High Auditorium now known as Alexander Auditorium

In memory of long time board member Fred Alexander
Pictured – Anderson Disctrict One Superintendent David Havird read a proclamation honoring Fred Alexander (deceased) for his 26 years of service to Anderson School District One and the District One Board of Trustees. A presentation to family members included a framed photo of Alexander, a copy of the proclamation and a special State House resolution presented by House District 10 Rep. Joshua Putnam. Family members present for the program included (l-r) children Barry Alexander, Rhonda Hightower and Randy Alexander and wife Wanda.

Wren High receives Blue Ribbon Lighthouse award

Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc. recently awarded its prestigious Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School Award to Wren High School, during its annual Blueprint for Excellence National Conference held in Orlando, Florida. Wren High Principal Nichole Boseman and Assistant Principal Chris Chapman received the award for the school.

Woodmont to induct five into Athletic Hall of Fame

The Woodmont High School Athletic Hall of Fame will honor their 4th class induction during the home basketball game with J. L. Mann High School this Friday, Jan. 20. The five inductees in this year’s class (Class of 2016) are Shane Godfrey, Ricky McCombs, Michael Sanders, Sandy Cash, and Cindy Cash. The start time for the double-header of games is 6 pm.

Woodmont High to induct five into Athletic Hall of Fame

The Woodmont High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be honoring the 4th class in the Athletic Hall of Fame during the home basketball game with J. L. Mann High School on Frid. Jan. 20. The five inductees in this year’s class (Class of 2016) are Shane Godfrey, Ricky McCombs, Michael Sanders, Sandy Cash, and Cindy Cash. The start time for the double-header of games is 6 pm.

Palmetto High AFJROTC at Williamston Christmas Parade

Palmetto, Wren, Powdersville Bands march together

Anderson School District One Bands march together

For Williamston Christmas Parade

Bands from all three Anderson School District One High Schools, Palmetto, Wren and Powdersville joined forces to march in the Williamston Christmas Parade.

Powdersville – Palmetto Bands at Piedmont Christmas Parade

Woodmont High Band at Piedmont Christmas Parade

School District One in strong financial condition

Audit report detailed

By David Meade – Greene, Finney and Horton Auditor Ken Meadows presented the following information on the School District One annual audit for the period ending June 30, 2016: Meadows reported to the District One School Board last week that the District received an “Unmodified Opinion” which is “the best opinion the school district can receive.”

According to Meadows, highlights from the audit showed the General Fund Balance increased by $2.7 million to $14.1 million. The Local Option Sales Tax generated $6.8 million for the district. Of that, $1.3 million went to Debt Service and $5.5 million Capital Projects. Meadows said the District has an unassigned fund balance of $13.9 million which is 21 percent of budgeted expenditures for 2017. The GFOA recommend a minimum of 16.7 percent, or two months. Meadows said District One was below that minimum in 2013-14, right at it in 2015 and 2016 is above. “It is a good trend to recover,” he said.

General Fund revenues were higher than budgeted for 2016 at $62.7 million, primarily from an increase in property taxes of $572,000 to $18 million total. State funding increased by $2.3 million to $43.9 million. The remainder of the GF revenues amounted to $728,000 from other sources.

The District had revenues of $1.6 million more than was budgeted: $964,000 in state government, $303,000 in property taxes and $293,000 other revenues.

District One Board hears building update, audit report

By David Meade

During their November meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Trustees recently re-elected to serve on the Board were administerd the oath of office and then heard an update on the building program, approved a bid for tennis courts at Powdersville and heard the annual audit report.

Board members Brenda Ellison (Area Six), David “Moochie” Merritt (Area Three) and Mike Wilson (Area Two) were administered the oath of office. Nancy Upton was elected Board Chair, Dr. Doug Atkins was elected Vice-Chair, David Merritt was elected Secretary. Mike Wilson was elected to serve on the Alternative School Board. Upton and Adkins were re-elected to serve on the Anderson District’s One and Two Career and Technology Center Board.

Palmetto Cheer State Champions

The Palmetto Mustangs Competition Cheer team competed in the State Cheer Competition on Saturday at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia. They came home with the State Championship in the 3A division. (Photo by Mike Gowan)

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