Approximately 800 teachers returned to Kershaw County schools or joined them for the first time this week, not only preparing their classrooms, but preparing themselves for a new school year. Students will return to classes Monday.
In what may be a sign the pending lease/purchase of KershawHealth by Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., is about to be finalized, the hospital's board of trustees voted unanimously Monday on a measure which would make members of KershawHealth's executive team Capella employees.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will use part of an executive session at the end of its meeting tonight to receive another update and more legal advice regarding the pending lease/purchase of the hospital by Capella Healthcare. Trustees will also discuss a possible property transaction with the city of Bethune.
Bethune Town Councilman Don Witham, armed with some financial facts, asked the Kershaw County Board of Trustees to consider keeping Bethune Elementary School (BES) open or, if it must consolidate BES and Mt. Pisgah Elementary School (MPES), to do so somewhere between the two communities on Hwy. 341.
Many people in Kershaw County remember Hurricane Hugo. Hugo came ashore in the Lowcountry as a Category 4 Hurricane with its highest recorded wind gust of 120 mph. Hugo worked its way inland, reaching Kershaw County with 100 mph winds and torrential rains.
As the KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted Monday to extend its letter of intent with Capella Healthcare to Aug. 31, Capella made an announcement of its own. The private, for-profit healthcare and hospital company is being acquired by Medical Properties Trust Inc. (MPT) for $900 million. In a press release, Capella and MPT said they expect the transaction to be finalized during the second half of 2015. Capella, based in Franklin, Tenn., is currently owned by funds affiliated with GTCR, a leading private equity firm headquartered in Chicago. MPT is based in Birmingham, Ala.
For the fourth time, members of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted Monday night to extend a letter of intent involving the lease/purchase of the hospital by Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn. The deal -- originally set to close back on March 31, was initially extended to May 31 and then twice more to June 30 and July 31. The board voted unanimously, 8-0, Monday to extend the deal yet another month to Aug. 31.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will enter executive session at the end of its meeting tonight to receive and update and legal advice on two topics. One item concerns the old Pine Tree Hill Elementary School property on Lakeshore Drive. KershawHealth purchased portions of the former school property from the city of Camden a number of years ago after the city purchased the property from the Kershaw County School District.
A schedule of public meetings regarding school construction referenda is almost finalized. The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees continued working on the schedule during its July 14 meeting. At least one referendum, possibly two, are planned for the November 2016 general election.