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KCSD may eliminate matriculation fees
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Among the items on tonight’s agenda for the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees is “Possible Elimination of Matriculation Fees” to be introduced by Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins with a discussion led by KCSD Chief Financial Officer Donnie Wilson.

KCSD Director of Communications Mary Anne Byrd said the district uses the term “incidental” in place of “matriculation” for this particular fee. According to the district’s website, the fee is $30, but is reduced to $9 for students who receive reduced price lunches and is waived for students receiving free lunches.

Regardless of whether or not the board eliminates the incidental fee, Byrd said students still need to clear all debts at the end of their senior year before they can participate in graduation ceremonies.

Also tonight, the board will receive a “first reading” of proposed policy changes. KCSD Director of Communications will guide the board through changes for Board Policy Manual Sections C (General School Administration) and D (Fiscal Management) suggested by the S.C. School Board Association (SCSBA).

In addition, the SCSBA is recommending a specific change to the district’s tobacco-free policy following an amendment in April to the S.C. Youth Access to Tobacco Prevention Act of 2006. The amendment changes the definition of “alternative nicotine product” by adding definitions for electronic smoking devices, e-liquid and vapor products.

Tonight’s meeting will only include the “first reading” of these policy changes; the board will vote on them at its July 9 meeting.

In other business, the board will consider approving the district’s annual submission of applications for various federal funds, and enter executive session to discuss undisclosed employment matters.

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