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School board to take up electronic meeting policy

Also, trustees to hear about new teacher evaluation measure

Posted: September 11, 2015 2:39 p.m.
Updated: September 14, 2015 1:00 a.m.

One day, members of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees could participate in meetings without having to be physically present. The board will discuss the possibility of creating a policy to allow trustees to do so during its meeting Tuesday.

The board will review a policy in place in Rock Hill School District 3 (RHSD 3) which allows its trustees to participate by electronic or other means -- such as telephone or video teleconferencing -- but only in “exceptional circumstances.” Those circumstances include special medical and/or travel situations, military service or job restraints, according to a copy of the RHSD 3 policy attached to Tuesday’s proposed agenda.

If Kershaw County’s board adopted a similar policy, electronic or other participation must allow trustees to simultaneously hear and speak to others while not being disruptive to the proceedings. In other words, as if the absent trustee were present. In addition, the public attending meetings must be able to hear what the absent trustee says. Trustees participating electronically would also have to identify anyone else with them. 

RHSD 3’s policy does not mean its board can conduct a meeting -- either with the entire board or with any member -- by email or other form of communication which does not permit the public to hear what is going on.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda, Kershaw County School District Coordinator Lisa Shannon will give a presentation on a new teacher evaluation measure South Carolina has adopted as part of a S.C. Elementary Secondary Education Act waiver. The measure involves Student Learning Objectives, which teachers will create, to assess and monitor student progress.

In other business Tuesday, trustees will continue discussing its upcoming public feedback on facilities meetings and take up a facility waiver request for a junior tennis tournament at Camden High School to take place Oct. 9-11.

Tuesday’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the district office on West DeKalb Street in Camden, and is open to the public.

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