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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.

Insurance agreement will save School District One money

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.

Two new middle schools being proposed – Anderson District One

 After updating Board members on the School District One building program Tuesday, Superintendent David Havird introduced plans for replacing Palmetto Middle and Wren Middle school buildings, which are two of the oldest in the district. Havird said Palmetto Middle School was constructed in 1953 and Wren Middle School was built in 1951. Both schools were new high schools when they were originally constructed.

Under the proposed plan, construction of two new schools will take place at the current school campuses while present facilities continue to be used. Portions of both structures will be retained, including gyms and auditoriums. Once the new construction is completed, the old parts will be demolished and removed.

Preliminary planning will take place over the next year with a bond referendum possibly in 2019. The building project is expected to take three years to complete.

School District One has smooth opening

By David Meade

The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees heard a brief report on the opening of school, approved course offerings for the new school year and approved a construction bid for a classroom addition at Concrete Primary School. The Board also received a building plan update and heard a preliminary plan for upgrades at two of the district’s oldest schools, Palmetto and Wren Middle.

Building, maintenance projects continue across School District One

By David Meade

Anderson School District One building program continues to move along with projects and upgrades throughout the district. Superintendent David Havird updated the board members on the building and summer maintenance projects during their regular meeting Tuesday.

Havird said the following projects are underway or beginning soon: Construction on an eight room addition to Concrete Primary will begin in August and has a completion date of Feb. 2017. Estimated cost of the project is $2.2 million.

Concrete Primary is also in the process of having their playground relocated prior to work on the new addition.

District One Board student nutrition program shows year end profit

By David Meade

During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved final reading on the 2016-17 budget, approved additional personnel for the upcoming school year and heard that the student nutrition program showed a very good profit for the year. No one spoke at a public hearing on the $66,180,471 budget held prior to the regular Board meeting. The board unanimously approved the budget. (See separate story)

During the meeting Superintendent David Havird updated the Board on District One investments which include 27 CDs with interest rates ranging from 1.75 percent to 5.40 percent. Havird said interest rates are expected to begin going up and suggested the board may want to look at some of the CDs which have maturity dates eight to ten years out.

Eight new teachers needed to meet growth in District One

School Board reviews draft budget

By David Meade

The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees got their first look at the draft budget for the upcoming year during a work session held Tuesday. The outlook is not as bleak as in previous years when reductions in state funding, particularly the base student cost and other areas, affected it tremendously. The 2016-17 proposed budget benefited greatly from increases in state funding and proceeds from the local option sales tax.

According to Superintendent David Havird, the District is seeing growth return to previous levels, resulting in more students. Anderson County is attracting industry, and in turn employees, by offering fee in lieu tax breaks. While the tax breaks are good for industry, school districts in which the industry locates receive less funding than they would have.

Palmetto, Wren to get new auditorium seats

During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the Anderson School District One Board unanimously approved the purchase of 1,400 new auditorium seats for Wren and Palmetto High Schools. The project will cost approximately $223,000 and should be completed over the summer. Funding for the project will be from a contingency fund of the local option sales tax.

Superintendent David Havird said the project is not on the original project list but due to strong sales during the holidays, the district received additional funding from the 1 cent sales tax. The new seating will be indentical to seats installed in the Powdersville High Auditorium. Each school has seating for 700.

School District 1 Board approves personnel

Anderson School District One Board of Trustees recognized Spearman Elementary, set a date for the March meeting and approved personnel during their meeting Tuesday. Spearman Principal Jason Lesley and Assistant Principal Jane Ayers were recogized during the meeting for their school being named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. District One bus driver Sacajawea Blassingame was honored for saving a student from being hit by a car.

Plans being drawn up for tennis courts, athletic facilities

In School District One

By David meade

Anderson School District One is making good on their promise to increase safety and security in all fourteen schools if voters approved the One Cent Local Options Sales Tax, which they did. Improvements on athletic facilites are also getting underway soon.

District One schools and the District Office will begin getting new security cameras and electronic security doors next week Assistant Superintendent of Administration Robbie Binnicker said.

He told the Anderson District One Board Tuesday that Encore Technology Group of Greenville was the low bidder on the upgrades at $236,999.

The District had 12 companies at the pre-bid meeting and five companies bid on the project resulting in very competitive bids, according to Binnicker. The upgrades should be completed by the end of December, he said.

Safety and security, technology upgrades top list of proposed District One projects

For 1-cent local option sales tax

By David Meade

During their meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved a plan that includes spending $4.4 million for projects and upgradesto be made in the District each year over the next three years. Superintendent David Havird presented the Board with details for the projects which will be funded by the 1-cent Local Option Sales Tax.

The sales tax, which can only be used for capital improvements, was approved last November and went into effect in March of this year.

Havird said projects for Anderson District One will include: security and public safety; acquiring and/or updating technology hardware and software; repairing or replacing roofs and HVAC systems; constructing, improving or renovating instructional, fine arts and athletic facilities; acquiring student transportation vehicles.

Palmetto, Powdersville moving to same conference in 2016

Anderson School District One Superintendent David Havird announced Tuesday that Palmetto High School and Powdersville High School will be in the same conference in 2016-18. Palmetto will remain 3A while Powdersville will move up to 3A. The schools will compete in a new conference known as AAA Region II along with Berea, Carolina, Emerald and Southside.

Wren will move up to AAAA Region I competing with Belton-Honea Path, Daniel, Greenville and Pickens.

The District One Board approved the following personnel recommendations:

District One School Board meets Tuesday

The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday, September 29, at 6 p.m. in the George Seaborn Boardroom of the District One offices.

In addition to regular business, agenda items include an update on AdvancEd Accreditation Process; Consideration of Local Option Sales Tax for Education Budget and Expenditure Plan; Personnel and SCSBA Voting Delegates Appointment

School District One enrollment may top 9700

By David Meade

Anderson School District One Board of Trustees heard a report on the opening of school and an update on the local option sales tax during their regular monthly meeting Tueday.

Director of Finance Travis Thomas reported the district has begun receiveing payments from the local option sales tax which went into effect in March. Thomas said the district will receive $1,380,830 from the sales tax for March, April and May of this year. Anderson County Total collected was $4,541,784, he said. District One is allocated 30.4 percent of the total. Eighty percent of the District One allocation, or $1,104,664 will be used for capital improvements, while 20 percent, or $276,166 will go toward property tax relief.

District One Board meets

During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved a slightly revised budget, heard an update on the capitol projects planned with proceeds from the one cent education sales tax and approved more personnel for the 2015-16 school year. Details will be in this week’s Journal and posted online.

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