GREENWOOD COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 52
Minutes to Called Meeting of the Board of Trustees
Greenwood County, Ninety Six, South Carolina
July 29, 2003
PRESENT: Butch Cobb
NOTICE TO MEDIA: The Ninety Six Star, The Index Journal, Sunny 103.5 Radio
and WCRS Radio were notified of the time, date, place and agenda of the meeting.
CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Chairman Cobb, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer.
AFFIRMATION OF THE AGENDA: A motion was made by Dr. Andy Owings, seconded by Dr. William Long, to accept the agenda as presented. All were in favor.
SUPERINTENDENT REPORT: Dr. Powell received and read a portion of a letter from Mrs. Joy Moore dated July 9th submitting her resignation as a Board of Trustee of Greenwood County School District 52.
A motion was made by Dr. William Long, seconded by Mr. Roger Sargent, to accept
the letter of resignation from Mrs. Joy Moore. All were in favor.
Discussion followed concerning the vacant seat and the options of filling the seat or
leaving it vacant.
A motion was made by Dr. William Long, seconded by Mr. Roger Sargent, to allow
Mrs. Moore’s seat to remain vacant for the remainder of the term, which is less than one
year. If during this time it is found that a fifth board member is needed for resolution
of voting purposes, one can be appointed. All were in favor.
Dr. Powell invited board members to attend the first day meeting at the Drummond Center, Lake Greenwood.
July 29, 2003
CURRICULUM – RHONDA MCDOWELL: The district has received a 21st Century Learning Grant in conjunction with Newberry County for $300,000. The district’s share will be approximately $100,000, which will be used to fund an afterschool program at Ninety Six Primary School.
Kelly Fisher, teacher at Ninety Six Primary, received a $1,900 EIA grant.
At this time, we have approximately 274 out of district/out of county students. The K5 program has 22 out of district and the 9th grade having the largest number of overall students (contains repeaters).
FINANCIAL REPORT – DAVID PUTHOFF: After 10 years of waiting, the lawsuit against the state to better fund public education, especially in rural areas will go to court soon. The trial is expected to last at least seven weeks. It will be argued it costs more to educate students who live in poverty and that the state’s funding formula is unfair for schools in less affluent districts.
State economic experts fear South Carolina agencies could face midyear budget cuts as early as September unless the economy takes a drastic turn. The new fiscal year began July 1 and revenue figures won’t be available for the current month until mid-August. Underlying economic activity is not heading in the right direction. The Budget and Control Board could order across the board cuts to reduce state agency funding.
The district’s budget is based on $1,643 per student and has room for adjustments.
A resolution will be submitted to the board at the next meeting to borrow against the 8% debt limit that the Board of Education is authorized by law to borrow. This money will be used for permanent repair and replacement work throughout the district. The district has many items in the health, safety, and security areas that need repair or replacement.
Many of these items have been pointed out by the Fire Marshall. This resolution will help to develop a revolving maintenance program with the proper financing needed.
The district is fully staffed for the upcoming school year with the exception of one middle school position. Final interviews are being conducted for this position.
The district will begin the year with 2 long term subs – 1 for medical reason and the other for maternity.
Mr. Puthoff handed out information on an applicant that is being recommended for the Guidance position at Ninety Six Primary School.
EXECUTIVE SESSION: A motion was made by Mr. Roger Sargent, seconded by Dr. Andy Owings, to enter into executive session for discussion of a legal matter and a personnel matter. All were in favor.
GENERAL SESSION: A motion was made by Mr. Roger Sargent, seconded by Dr. William Long, to enter into general session. All were in favor.
A motion to accept the changes to the budget as presented by Mr. Puthoff was made by Mr. Roger Sargent, seconded by Dr. Andy Owings. All were in favor.
A motion to accept the recommendation of administration to hire previously discussed applicant for the Guidance Counselor position at Ninety Six Primary School was made by Dr. Andy Owings, seconded by Mr. Roger Sargent. FOR Mr. Butch Cobb, Mr. Roger Sargent, Dr. Andy Owings. AGAINST Dr. William Long
Beverly M. Culbertson will be the Guidance Counselor at Ninety Six Primary School.
A motion to deny the request of accepting a student from District 50 was made by Mr. Roger Sargent, seconded by Dr. William Long. All were in favor.
A motion to change the regular August meeting to August 4 at 6:30 due to scheduling conflicts was made by Mr. Roger Sargent, seconded by Dr. William Long. All were in favor.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:17 pm.