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New school board members sworn in

Posted: January 10, 2013 6:41 p.m.
Updated: January 11, 2013 5:00 a.m.

 

Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan swore in new and returning Kershaw County Board of School Trustees at its first meeting of the year Tuesday morning.

With the help of various family members, Derrick Proctor, Louis Clyburn, Ron Blackmon, Mara Horton Jones and Matt Irick swore to preserving and protecting the Constitution of the state of South Carolina and the United States, before beginning their new terms as school board trustees.

Jones and Trustee Kim Horton DuRant were re-elected as chair and vice-chair, respectively, for the upcoming year. Trustee Shirley Halley was elected to serve her first term as chaplain and Trustee Nissary Wood was appointed as legislative liaison and Irick was re-appointed as chair of the facilities/finance committee.

In other news, school principals were asked to review internal safety procedures in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newton, Conn. Morgan said the Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant has provided a framework to deal with any tragedies instances like the one at in Connecticut. Any tragedy that happens around the nation should spur a positive and proactive response, Morgan said. Each trustee signed a card for each of the 26 families affected by the school shooting.

The board revealed that when its Facilities/Finance Committee meets Jan. 29, trustees will go paperless via Board Docs, a “paperless governance solution.” The board estimated it cost the district $6,000 annually to prepare an average medium-size board packet for nine trustees, eight staff members, and four media packets twice a month for regular board meetings plus the monthly finance/facilities meeting. Board Docs costs $2,700 annually.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 15. A draft agenda includes the results of a student athletic survey, proposed education legislation currently in the General Assembly and the upcoming year’s budget priorities. Other topics up for discussion during the remainder of the school year may include technology purchase recommendations, Common Core/Smarter balance updates, and Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant sustainability updates.

 

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