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KCSD to propose millage increase to county council

Posted: August 10, 2012 5:17 p.m.
Updated: August 13, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Council is set to hear a millage rate increase proposal from Kershaw County School District (KCSD) officials during Tuesday’s council meeting. County Administrator Vic Carpenter said the bulk of the presentation will be related to the millage and the overall budget, but also indicated KCSD officials may address other topics.

“They may take the opportunity to share some updates on the school district and some of their achievements and some of their plans. That might be a part of what they do as well,” Carpenter said.

KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said Kershaw County Board of School Trustees Chair Mara Jones will lead Tuesday’s presentation. Morgan said other issues may be put forward, including filling the seat of late Trustee Joey Dorton, but was only aware of the agenda item related to the millage rate increase. Jones could not be reached for comment by press time.

Dorton, who was set to run unopposed for District 3 in the November general election, died in a single-car collision Aug. 1. Council, school board, and the county’s voter registration office have been collectively working this week to formulate a proposal to fill the seat. Kershaw County Asst. Voter Registration Director James Fitzpatrick concluded Thursday that a special election would need to be held in late September or early October to fill the vacancy.

However, Fitzpatrick also said the plan still needs to be approved by Kershaw County’s legislative delegation and the Kershaw County Board of Elections. He said the board of elections also plans to hold a special meeting Tuesday morning to reach a consensus on whether to move forward with the proposed election date.

According to Fitzpatrick, council also has the authority to appoint an individual to school board, but is not required to do so. If council appoints an interim trustee, the appointee would serve until the term expires Dec. 31.

Council is also set to vote on a resolution supporting a series of safety initiatives on Lake Wateree designed by a task team from the Lake Wateree Association (LWA). The proposal was crafted after the group surveyed the lake for potential hazards and no wake zones that required marking as well as islands that needed identification.

According to the resolution, the LWA initiatives will need to be achieved through collaboration with Duke Energy, which helped build the lake, and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The proposal includes the establishment of island identification signs, hazard marker buoys, and the implementation of lake wide no wake zones in times of declared flooding.    

Other items on council’s agenda include:

•a resolution honoring Dorton;

•a resolution setting guidelines for distributing information under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act;

•a proclamation recognizing National Literacy Month; and

•a proclamation recognizing August as Farmers Market Month.

Tuesday’s meeting will be held begin at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at the Kershaw County Government Center, 515 Walnut St., and is open to the public.

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