School board recognizes student achievement

Kevin Boozer Staff Writer

September 22, 2013

WINNSBORO — Student recognitions highlighted of the September meeting of the Fairfield County School Board.

All told, 91 students were recognized for scoring Exemplary on PASS, 57 were recognized for being in the top 10 percent in the state in ELA and 36 were honored for being in top ten percent in math.

Students received certificates and school district polo shirts in recognition of their achievements.

Keeping with the theme of recognition, Superintendent of Schools J.R. Green announced the district is moving forward with School District Hall of Fame. He requested school board to submit names as soon as possible for representatives to serve on the Hall of Fame selection committee.

Green also reported on site prep for land next to the high school. The clear-cut land was sprayed to kill foliage and eventually lobby pines will be planted there. Green said the district could expect to harvest those trees in around 15 years. The funds from timber sales paid for technology upgrades in the 2012-13 budget.

He also reported kitchen equipment sold for surplus and that the district made $8,300 from the sale. Green said he will check into where that money should go because the equipment was purchased by the district but used by food services so Boar member Annie McDaniel wondered if proceeds had to return to the food services account or if they went into the general fund.

During his superintendent’s report, Green also said he met with the senior class and the students persuaded him the district be allowed to oversee a senior trip this year. If the school was not involved, the students feared the trip would not happen, he said.

Green agreed to give this one more year but plans to meet with this year’s junior class in hopes of shifting the liability of a senior class trip from the district.

In other business:

— First reading of procurement code policy changes passed 6-0. The proposed changes, according to Green, give the district more latitude with doing business with local contractors. “The revisions would let us target our local vendors so we could be good stewards (of tax money) yet support our local businesses,” he said.

— School fundraisers, including a boot drive to help fund theater department students’ trip to New York and Center Plate, a fundraiser where students work concession stands at University of South Carolina games, were approved 6-0.

— Certified recommendations, certified resignations and certified staff reclassification also passed 6-0.

— Student fees passed 6-0, but McDaniel asked Green to go back for the 2014-15 school year and consider either removing fees or reducing them due to the county’s receiving money from the nuclear plant and the people in the county of limited economic means.

— Board members hared experiences from a recent conference on school board law. Andrea Harrison said having such high attendance meant the Fairfield board members could benefit from the many workshops and presentations offered there. She learned a lot about school construction, an area of interest since the district is having a career center constructed.

— Board members noted how the panel discussion on common core was good for all board members who were not career educators. And Annie McDaniel said she learned a great deal about the implications of the Affordable Care Act and staffing responsibilities for the district.

— The next meeting of the Fairfield County School Board is Oct. 15.