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Public hearing on proposed KCSD budget tonight

Posted: May 14, 2018 4:45 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2018 1:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will hold a public hearing near the beginning of its meeting tonight to take input from citizens on the Kershaw County School District’s (KCSD) proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

Following the public hearing, the board will discuss and, possibly, take action on the proposed budget. Notes attached to tonight’s agenda state that a vote on the budget may depend on actions taken by the S.C. General Assembly, which has been working to reconcile differences between S.C. House and Senate versions of the state budget.

Those notes also indicate that the discussion will include a report on feedback from Kershaw County Council following its May 8 meeting where district officials made a budget presentation and made a millage increase request. In addition, recommendations from the joint board/council ad hoc committee on growth, SRO funding and school safety may be taken into consideration, according to the agenda notes.

As of Friday, when the district published the board’s proposed agenda, district officials were still referring to a version of the proposed budget based on S.C. Senate numbers. That $87.1 million budget would include:

• a mandated 1 percent teacher salary increase;

• a mandated 1.5 percent step increase for teachers;

• a district request for a 1 percent increase and 1.5 percent step increase for all non-teacher employees;

• adding five steps to working retirees, who are currently at step 13;

• an additional two secretarial positions;

• an additional three special education teachers and ne additional ESOL teacher;

• a 5th Grade teacher to be added to the Continuous Learning Center staff;

• moving technical staff expenses from “maintenance” to the general fund;

• adding 1 percent to the district employer pension fund match; and

• a projected 7.6 increase in the employer portion of health insurance.

In other business tonight, trustees will:

• receive information about a proposed policy change involving adjusting the required grade point average for students to be eligible for district academic honors medals;

• vote on whether to name the new Applied Technology Education Campus facility being built at the Central Carolina Technical College site as the Dr. Gilbert G. Woolard Technology Center;

• vote on whether to accept a guaranteed maximum price of $4.359 million from Thompson & Turner Construction for renovations to Camden High School, which is within the project’s anticipated budget;

• vote on whether to move the board’s Tuesday, June 12 meeting to Monday, June 11 due to the Democratic and Republican primaries being held June 12;

• receive an update from the board/council ad hoc committee;

• receive a legislative update from Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan; and

• enter executive to discuss undisclosed employment matters, an employee appeal, and a student appeal.

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

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