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KCSD creates Phase 2 Web page

Posted: October 1, 2013 5:56 p.m.
Updated: October 2, 2013 5:00 a.m.
Photos courtesy of the KCSD/

A heater hanging from the ceiling of one of Wateree Elementary School’s (WES) bathrooms -- which are separated from the school itself -- serves as an example of needs that could be met in Phase 2 of the Kershaw County School District’s Facilities Equalization Plan. Officials say that the school’s Florida-style classrooms are too small for students. A 2005 study by Heery International rated as “Fair to Poor.”

Kershaw County citizens interested in Kershaw County School District’s (KCSD) Phase 2 plans for the its Facility Equalization Plan (FEP) can now find all relevant information about the proposed changes on the district’s website.

The district launched an information page last Thursday after holding two of six community meetings it is holding on FEP Phase 2 throughout the county.

The link to the Phase 2 information can be found on the right side of the district’s homepage of the as “Phase 2 Facilities Equalization.” On the landing page, there are four links: “General Information,” “Frequently Asked Questions,” “Project Overview” and “Review Of Past Projects.”

Under “General Information,” visitors can see information about upcoming meetings, prior Phase 2 efforts and a link to draft referendum options.

The “Frequently Asked Questions” page addresses everything from how long the proposed upgrades will “resolve the district’s facility issues,” to issues concerning growth in the Elgin area to Camden’s Zemp Stadium.

The “Project Overview” page includes Phase 2 options available for each applicable school in the district. Each school has its own link that takes viewers to a page that has “Quick Facts” about the school, the original 2005 Heery Report on the facility, a Flickr photo page highlighting what the facility looks like and a detailed assessment of the needs and costs of the proposed renovations.

“Review of Past Projects” lists all previous work the district has performed to update facilities between 2008 and 2012 during FEP Phase 1.  

KCSD Director of Communications Mary Anne Byrd said the district wanted an easily-accessible, central location for Phase 2 information so Kershaw County citizens could find accurate and up-to-date information. Parents who live in the North Central area and want to learn about school needs in the West Wateree area can do so if they have access to the district’s website. During the first community meeting at Lugoff-Elgin High School, a parent said she had no idea that Wateree Elementary School was in need, because it “looks nice on the outside.” Byrd said the link Flickr link will be informative to the entire community.

“The photos help tell the story of the needs, so having a place where people can access those is very helpful,” Byrd said.

Thus far, the community meetings have allowed parents and community members to offer the district feedback about Phase 2. The district expects the conversations and information from the meetings to spread through the community by word of mouth. For the duration of the community meetings, Byrd said the district hopes to hear which projects the community thinks are necessary, whether they have a preference between projects that have a renovation versus construction option, and if any of the projects are deal breakers.

All feedback collected during the public meetings will be presented to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees. They in turn will use public comments to develop the final the referendum. Once the board votes on a final referendum, state law states that a citizen committee should be established to promote the referendum.

Residents with questions about FE Phase 2 recommendations are asked to contact Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan or KCSD Director of Operations Bill Smith.

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