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School board to consider policy changes

Posted: August 20, 2018 4:11 p.m.
Updated: August 21, 2018 1:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will consider several changes to Kershaw County School District (KCSD) policies during its meeting scheduled for today at 6 p.m.

The first matter proposes a change to Policy ICHA, regarding summer school. Specifically, it would allow the district to charge summer school fees on a prorated basis in terms of eligibility for free and reduced price meals. According to a notation in tonight’s proposed agenda, this is the same type of fee schedule the district uses for an incidental fee charged to students.

Second, the administration is proposing a change to Administrative Rule KDADD-R on credit recovery. The change would clarify the procedure used to record a student’s grade received during a credit-recovery course, which is designed to be grade point average neutral.

Finally, two suggested changes are being proposed together: Policy IKFC and Administrative Rule IKFC-R, regarding a new S.C. Employability Credential created by the state. Beginning with the current school year, the credential will provide equitable job readiness opportunities for students with disabilities to demonstrate their ability to transition into the work community. The credential would provide evidence of employability skills and honor the work undertaken in district schools. The new credential does not restrict a student from also obtaining a state high school diploma.

In other business during tonight’s meeting, trustees will:

• recognize a North Central bus driver;

• receive information about and discuss the district summer reading programs;

• hear a report from KCSD Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins;

• hear an operations report (ongoing construction) from KCSD Director of Operations Billy Smith;

• receive a report from KCSD Director of Communications Mary Anne Byrd and KCSD Coordinator for Web and Multimedia Julie Putnam on the district’s electronic communication efforts; and

• get an update from KCSD Executive Director for K-12 Instructional Support Alisa Taylor about AdvancED, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that, according to its website, “conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential.”

Trustees will also enter executive session to discuss undisclosed employment matters and legal matters concerning pending and possible litigation.

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