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KCCC member praises board for Phase 2 project list

Submits Zemp Stadium renovation concept art to district

Posted: October 9, 2014 4:45 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2014 1:00 a.m.
Courtesy of Dennis Stuber/

A proposed vision of Zemp Stadium, as conceptualized by Dennis Stuber, a member of Kershaw County Citizens for Children, a group supporting the Kershaw County School District’s Phase 2 referenda. Stuber said he paid to have the design made by architect Eddie Rodelsterger. He said he sent photos of the stadium in its present state to Rodelsterger and described to him how he envisioned Zemp after renovation. Stuber submitted the concept to the district before Tuesday night’s school board meeting, but did not have time to show it during a presentation he made to trustees.

Dennis Stuber, vice president of First Citizens Bank and a member of Kershaw County Citizens for Children (KCCC), praised the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees during its meeting Tuesday for coming up with the list of projects for Phase 2 of the district’s facilities equalization plan (FEP).

KCCC is a citizens committee supporting two referenda connected with FEP Phase 2. One referendum lists out those projects for voter approval; the second asks citizens to approve a 1-cent sales tax to pay for the $130 million worth of projects as a way to avoid raising property taxes.

“I had no idea of the contrast between schools we are looking to replace and the new Jackson School,” Stuber said. “This design is a must for all of our children, our grandchildren and their children.”

Stuber pointed out key hazards in present schools and brought up the devastation of a past school. Specifically, he talked about the Cleveland School fire of 1923, where 77 children and adults were killed. Stuber said Cleveland School is one incident that raises concerns about the safety of children in Kershaw County schools that lack proper safety features.

Stuber also expressed concerns about the outcome of the vote for the new projects in the Nov. 4 election.

“A couple of issues that can negatively impact the work of this board at the polls are the future of Zemp Stadium and the consolidation of schools in northern Kershaw County,” Stuber said. “I urge you to take action immediately and partner with (the) Camden, Baron DeKalb, Mt. Pisgah and Bethune communities, along with our city and county (councils), to encourage their participation in the adaptive reuse of the facilities impacted by the improvements that make up Phase 2.

“Like Rhame Arena, the Robert Mills Courthouse, Historic Camden and Camden Archives, Zemp Stadium has been a part of our history for many years and hopefully with your leadership, we can continue to make history there,” Stuber concluded.

Duane Pate, KCSD director of pupil services for Kershaw County, and Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan presented a proposal on the structure and positions of football coaches and activities directors.

Currently, Lugoff-Elgin High School has separate positions for football coach and activities director whereas Camden and North Central high schools have combined head football coach/activities director positions. Pate’s idea is to separate the positions at all high schools. He presented a chart showing how many nearby districts have a split activities director and football coach position, looking at a total of 45 schools in 13 districts.

“It’s about 76/24 or 74/26 … 75 (vs.) 25 percent of districts that split the positions compared to districts that combine them,” Pate said.

Pate said he found that the majority of schools where he gathered his research have split positions for the activities director and head football coach. A total of eight districts have the activities director and varsity football coach position separated at all schools in the district and those schools make up 76 percent of the schools surveyed. Pate said he learned three of the 13 districts surveyed have the head football coach and activities director positions combined, and two of the 13 districts have a combination of separated and combined positions. Also according to Pate’s research, schools that have separated duties have persons in those positions teaching at least one block.

Trustee Ron Blackmon asked that the activities director position be given an “in-depth job description.”

“I think the first thing we need to do if we decide to keep them together or split (them) is give a job description for an activities director,” Blackmon said. “If I had clarity, I might feel more comfortable with what we are going to be doing.”

Trustees suggested clarifying the types of activities the director would be responsible for overseeing. Trustees also questioned how activity directors would be distributed among the schools due to size differences.

Pate said additional information is being added to the proposal which will clarify such items.

In other business, KCSD Director for Student Assessment Lavoy Carter presented end of course results, highlighting the rise and decline in Math Tech II and English I scores during the past three years; and KCSD Director of Communications Director Mary Anne Byrd presented policy revisions concerning staff compensation, professional staff contracts and compensation, charter schools, graduation requirements, health education and student absences and excuses.

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