Category Archives: Anderson District One

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.

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.

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

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.

Mustang Stadium Field named for Dale Martin

C. Dale Martin Field

Former Anderson School District One Football Coach and Administrator Dale Martin was recognized during halftime ceremonies of the Palmetto Mustangs vs. Pendleton 3A playoff game Friday (Nov. 18). Martin (center), accompanined by wife Carol and family members, was recognized Friday during the Palmetto High Playoff game. Palmetto High Assistant Principal Mike Kelly (left) Superintendent David Havird (2nd from left) and School Board member Dr. Doug Atkins (right) joined in honoring Martin with a plaque recognizing him “For his years of service to Palmetto High School and the Palmetto Comunity.” A permanent marker will be placed in the area of the north end zone designating the field as the C. Dale Martin Field.

Anderson School District One graduation rate at record high

Anderson School District One officials announced this week that the graduation rate in District One increased from 91.6 in 2015 to 93.1 in 2016. Wren High School had the highest graduation rate in the district with a 97.2. Powdersville High School was right with Wren with a graduation rate of 97.1. Palmetto High School has a 85.8 graduation rate.

Powdersville Boys Cross Country State Champions

The Powdersville Boys Cross Country Team made history by becoming the school’s first athletic team to win a state championship. They won the 3A Cross Country Title on Saturday at the State Cross Country Meet held at the Sandhill Station in Columbia. Team members are from left: front – Jordan Parish, Jacob Moore, Mason Parish, Connor Vaughn. Back – Coach Libby Holliday, Francisco Del Valle, Cameron Matthews, Josh Moore, Brendan McManamon, Noah Brock, and Kollin Campbell. (Photo by Mike Gowan)

Cross Country – Palmetto Girls win State

The Palmetto Girls Cross Country Team won the 3A State Championship at the State Meet in Columbia on Saturday. Pictured from left are kneeling, Hannah Beach and Madison Crumley. Back – Coach Micah Roberts, Olivia Rish, Morgan Roberts, Allison McCauley, Joeli Hayden, Gisela Avila, Avery Nelms, Alli Land, Madison Sell, Savannah Fields, and Coach Megan Saville. (Photo by Mike Gowan)

School safety remains priority in District One

Board to consider additional resource officers

By David Meade

Anderson School District One Board of Trustees recognized students from across the district who had a perfect score on new testing, held first reading on new overtime requirements and discussed school safety during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday.

The Board also announced that they will honor former coach and administrator Dale Martin by naming the Palmetto High Football Field for him. Martin worked in public education as a teacher, coach, administrator and board member for 34 years. He also coached Palmetto’s football team when they won the State 3A Championship in 1970.

Due to the recent shooting incident at Townville Elementary School, Superintendent David Havird told board members that he wanted to have further and open discussion on school safety, which has been a priority for the district.

Havird said additional cameras and new access doors have been installed at all fourteen schools in the district and the District office. The District is also in the process of bidding out a second project for safety and security, primarily cameras for all three football stadiums.

Palmetto High Football Field to be named for Dale Martin

The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees announced Tuesday that the Palmetto High Football Field will be named for former coach and administrator Dale Martin. Martin worked in public education for 34 years and in School District One as a teacher, coach, administrator and long time board member.

He coached Palmetto’s football team when they won the State 3A Championship in 1970. He also put a lot of time, energy and effort into the football field at Pelmetto, according to Superintendent David Havird. Martin is a member of the Palmetto High School Hall of Fame. He currently represents the District on the County Board of Education.

Martin will officially be recognized during halftime ceremonies at the November 18 playoff game.

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