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School board to discuss growth

County population projected to hit 72,000 by 2030

Posted: March 20, 2017 5:11 p.m.
Updated: March 21, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Tonight, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan and KCSD Chief Financial Officer Donnie Wilson are scheduled to make a report to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees on projected enrollment growth and local funding.

Pulling information from the county’s Vision 2030 report, a PowerPoint-type slide attached to tonight’s proposed agenda projects the county’s overall population will surge to 72,000 by the year 2030 -- just 13 years away. That, the slide notes, will represent a 38 percent increase from the 2000 Census when the county’s population was 52,647. According to the 2010 Census, the county’s population stood at 61,697. The approximately 72,000 population for 2030 would be a 17 percent increase over 2010.

According to a graphic of the county on the slide, most of that population growth will surge along the I-20 and U.S. 1 corridors, starting at the Richland County border near Elgin and moving eastward like an arm until ending into the shape of a fist around Camden.

In 2010, 15,139 of the county’s population were children under the age of 18. Assuming a similar 17 percent increase in the under 18 population by 2030, there would then be 17,713 children. That would reflect an additional 2,574 children, many, if not most, would be in the county’s public schools.

The question Morgan and Wilson will likely be addressing is how to pay not only for more students but -- as Morgan has mentioned several times this year -- students who have more needs than those currently enrolled.

Also tonight, the board will consider action on two resolutions related to funding of the district’s referenda-approved construction projects. The first resolution will advocate shopping locally in order to support the recent implementation of a referenda-approved 1-cent sales tax that will ultimately pay the district back for the construction projects. The second resolution will deal with the investment of proceeds from a bond anticipation note that will fund the construction projects until the bonds are actually sold. The bonds are being used to pay for the construction projects; the penny sales tax will then refund the money spent from those bonds.

The board will also hear another update on the construction projects.

In addition, the board will also consider proposed policy revisions, discuss a draft employee survey and recognize the staff of the district’s adult education program.

Trustees will also hear a legislative update from Morgan and are scheduled to enter executive session to discuss undisclosed employment matters.

Tonight’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the board room at the district offices, 2029 West DeKalb St. in Camden, and is open to the public.

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