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Trustees to hold public hearing on FY 2020 budget
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According to material attached to tonight’s proposed agenda for the Kershaw County Board of Trustees meeting, the board will hold a public hearing on the Kershaw County School District’s (KCSD) Fiscal Year 2020 budget.

While the agenda itself merely lists the item as “discussion and possible action,” the information sheet for that agenda item states that on May 21 (today), the board will hold its required public hearing on the budget. The district is proposing a balanced $90.502 million budget. On the revenue side, that represents a 3.6 percent increase from projected year-end revenues for the current fiscal year of nearly $87.375 million. It is a 5 percent, or nearly $4.306 million increase in expenses.

The proposed budget is based on the S.C. House version of the state budget and could see changes between now and the beginning of the new fiscal year, which starts July 1.

Also during tonight’s meeting, KCSD Director of Pupil Services Duane Pate will present information gathered from electronic surveys conducted to determine student interest in creating high school swim teams during tonight’s meeting of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees.

Data attached to tonight’s proposed agenda indicates moderate to high interest at Camden and Lugoff-Elgin high schools and its associated middle schools, but almost none at North Central high and middle schools. The concept is to create two teams each -- one boys and one girls -- that would be focused at each high school but made up of students between 7th and 12th grades.

More girls than boys expressed interest in participating, but with enough swimmers expressing at least some interest to field teams of both genders in the Camden and Lugoff-Elgin school zones. Only three girls from North Central Middle School expressed interest and would have to compete as individuals.

Tonight’s meeting will also include some student recognitions, and an executive session to discuss undisclosed “employment matters.”

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