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School board ponders fire service program

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WINNSBORO — Fairfield County School District’s board of trustees is entertaining new fire service program for the Career and Technology Center.


Bryan Reibe, recruitment retention coordinator for S.C. Fire Fighters Association, presented the board of trustees with a prospective program to earn a certification at the Career and Technology Center prior to graduating from high school.


After two years of education, students can walk out as a certified level two fire fighter, which is necessary for any fire fighter employed full-time.


“Successfully completing this program makes your student job-ready,” Reibe said.


The program meets not only state law, but national Fire Protection Association standard as well.


“This is the best training that students can receive,” Reibe noted. “We would encourage you to consider this program and work with local fire service leaders.”


Superintendent J.R. Green said a course could be designed to allow student to receive school credit while pursuing the fire service certificate.


After fielding questions from the board regarding the cost of expenses for training, fire marshal Tony Hill told the trustees that fire service has requested the use of equipment for training from county council.


Hill advised the board that there would be not cost to the school district regarding fire equipment for the program.


Chairwoman Beth Reid and trustee Annie McDaniel expressed concern about miscellaneous equipment that the school district would be obligated to purchase.


“Just like any other course there would be some equipment the school district would have to purchase,” Green responded. “No different than a masonry class or an electrical class, there will be some costs that the district would have to absorb.”


Course instructors can develop a lesson plan from the manual provided, which will only cost the student $5. The manual gives the student complete access to a learning resource center online. 2014 would be a pilot year, with 2015 being the first official year.


Reibe noted it is not uncommon for instructors to have 100 students waiting to get into the program in other parts of the state. There are currently 13 schools utilizing a fire service program in South Carlina, according to Reibe.


Hill advised the board that Westwood High School in Blythewood has had success with the program in its first two years.


“There is now waiting room only for this program in its second year,” he noted.


Field trip funding requests


Green recommended the board to approve funding in the amount of $10,000 for the Fairfield Middle School Chorus Trip to participate in the Disney Sings - Young Performers edition in Florida. The motion carried unanimously.


The total cost of the trip for nearly 40 students is $20,000, however the students approaching $10,000 already through fundraising efforts.


Green also recommended the board approve supplementing $12,000 of a $24,000 field trip for Fairfield Central High School’s drama department’s trip to New York. The motion carried unanimously. There will be 20 students attending the trip to New York.


Final readings


• Green recommended the board approve the second and final reading of board policy and administrative rule JAAB & JAAB-R, service animals, which was initiated by Webster Anderson director of student services. The motion carried unanimously.


In accordance with federal and state laws board policy and administrative rule JAAB & JAAB- R will establish the basic structure for the presence and accommodation of services animals on district property. The Public Hearing for this policy was held on Feb. 6.


• Green recommended the board to approve the second and final reading revisions to board policy IJOA and administrative rule IJOA-R, field trips. The policy allows the district to take field trips out of state without the approval of the board of trustees.


The motion carried 4-3. Andrea Harrison, Annie McDaniel and Paula Hartman voted nay.


• Green recommended the board to approve the second and final reading of the revisions to board policy GCOA and administrative rule GCOA-R, evaluation of instructional staff. The motion to approve was carried unanimously.


The appropriate personnel will evaluate the performance of every instructional employee fairly and on a periodic cycle in an effort to improve the quality of all work performance.

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