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More students involved in KCSD summer reading program during 2017

Posted: August 14, 2017 5:43 p.m.
Updated: August 15, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Two years ago, during the summer of 2015, the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) inaugural summer reading program served 27 students at one location. In 2016, the program grew to serve students at six locations and collaborated with the Boys & Girls clubs and the Kershaw County Recreation Department.

The 2016 summer reading season started with 225 students and ended with 84 -- a retention of only 37 percent.

This year, 2017, thanks to $350,000 in additional grants, the KCSD Summer Reading Program started with 520 students at 13 locations and ended with 334 students -- a retention of 64 percent.

KCSD Coordinator for Early Childhood Education Pam Whitehead will present this and more information about the program to the Kershaw County Board of Trustees during its meeting tonight. Her report will also include numbers on student growth and pre- and post-test gains.

Also on tonight’s agenda:

• KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan will report on preparations for the new school year, which starts for students on Thursday.

• KCSD Director of Operations Billy Smith and Eddie Rodelsperger will present another update on referenda-approved facility projects.

• The board will consider approving an annual resolution to issue bonds in connection with the district’s earlier Phase 1 installment purchase plan.

• The board will discuss a draft letter to employees on a recent survey.

• The board will consider entering a closed-door session to discuss undisclosed employment matters and a legal matter concerning a contractual agreement with the county.

The board may take action on the contractual agreement following the closed-door session.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the board room at the district office 2029 West DeKalb St., and is open to the public.

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