Bamberg School District One
Minutes of Regular Meeting of Board of Trustees
Richard Carroll Elementary School
February 25, 2013
7:00 P. M.
Members present: Chairperson Rita M. Sease, Vice-chairman Chris Wallace, Secretary
Tony E. Duncan, and Trustee Dr. Dale Padgett.
Absent: Trustee Robin Haynes
1. Call meeting to order: Vice-chairman Chris Wallace called the meeting to order and asked for a moment of silence.
Media: In accordance with
the S. C. Code of Laws, Section
(e), as amended, the following have been notified of the time, date, place and agenda of this meeting:
The Times and Democrat
3. Approval of Agenda
Trustee Dr. Dale Padgett moved and Trustee Tony Duncan seconded to approve the agenda for the February 25, 2013, meeting as presented. The Motion passed 3-0 [Chairperson Sease was absent at this time.].
4. Approval of Minutes
Trustee Dr. Dale Padgett moved and Trustee Tony Duncan seconded to approve the minutes of January 28, 2013, as presented. The Motion passed 3-0 [Chairperson Sease was absent at this time].
5. Construction / Renovation Update
Superintendent Schwarting noted that all schools are functioning we1l and on target. The heating and air conditioning problems are working. There is a sewage problem at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School; however, it will be corrected during spring break or before.
6. Student/Staff Recognition and Superintendent’s Report
Superintendent Schwarting reported the following:
· The district received a thank you card from Mick Zais, State Superintendent of Education, in regards to the tours of the Richard Carroll Elementary School and Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School he received on February 22, 2013. He was very impressed with the schools and test data.
· Winners of the Salkahatchie Stew contest (Writing and Storytelling) are as follows:
v Golden Pen Award – Carolyn Davis, teacher – Grade 8 – Bamberg-Ehrhardt Middle School – $50 award.
v Teachers who followed guidelines of the contest: Heather Kirby – Grade 6 – Richard Carroll Elementary School – $50 award.
v First Place winner in Storytelling Contest: Jennifer Bannister – 12th Grade – Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School – $50 award.
v A special thanks was extended to Mrs. Cindy Hurst for all that she has done with writing/reading in Bamberg County.
· 2013 Salkahatchie Stew Essay Writing Contest Winners:
v First Place Winners: 2nd grade – Tanner Brewer; 3rd grade – David Hiers and Tyniah Spellman (tie); 4th grade – Bailey Ashe and Jackson Stembridge (tie); 5th grade – Dutch Boykin; 6th grade – Trenton Luginbill; 7th grade – Rion Dwight; 8th grade – Gabriel Bishop and Kiana Thomas.
v 7h Grade Winners: 1st Place – Rion Dwight; 2nd Place – Jesus Flores; 3rd Place Tiaune McKnight; Honorable Mention – Myjia Haynes and Katie Curtis; and Character Award – Micah Jones.
v 8th Grade: 1st Place Gabriel Bishop and Kianna Thomas; 2nd Place Warren Peay and Ashonte Furlow; 3rd Place – Carolann Myers; Honorable Mention – Skyland Westbury, Dielcie Singleton and Safari Jones; and Character Award – Hunter Ethridge.
v 9th Grade Winners: 1st Place – Kahl Gagum; 2nd Place – Brice Richardson; 3rd Place – Rachel Lyons; and Honorable Mention – Bradtavia Owens.
v 10th Grade Winners: 1st Place – Jaisha Ransom; 2nd Place – Jennifer Stanley; 3rd Place – Gabrielle Walker; and Honorable Mention – Tymia Exum, and Jonathan Samuel.
v 11th Grade Winners: 1st Place – Bianca Gibson; 2nd Place – Billie Hutto; 3rd Place – Katie Crosby and Honorable Mention – Minnie Carista.
v 12th Grade Winners: 1st Place – Trent Myers (Storytelling) and Takwan Lewis; 2nd Place – Bridgette Spellman; 3rd Place – Justin Johnson; and Honorable Mention – Justin Lisenby.
v Winning Teacher – Ms. Jennifer Bannister.
· Wrestling News:
The Varsity Wrestling team won the traditional state individual tournament by scoring 103 points and outdistancing 2nd Place Newberry who finished with 60 points.
Malcolm Jones, Player Long, and Mark Moody won individual state championships.
Lan Hiers finished in second place; Damion Johnson finished in third place and Jeremy Davis finished in fourth place.
All six wrestlers made the South Carolina All-State Wrestling team.
Player Long, Lan Hiers, and Malcolm Jones will represent Bamberg-Ehrhardt in the North/South All-Star Wrestling Clasic in North Myrtle Beach.
· The following students are winners in the February 29, 2013, FBLA Competitive Events of the Future Business Leaders of America:
§ 1st Place – A. J. McDonald and Darius Downing.
§ 3rd Place – Introduction to Technology Concepts – Tymia Exum.
§ 3rd Place – Emerging Issues in Business – Sade’ Sprinkle and Desiree McMillan.
§ 4th Place – Impromptu Speaking – Robert Steedley; Personal Finance – Elijah Williams; and Business Math – Ann Yip.
· On February 20, 2013, the Junior Red Cross Blood Drive collected 23 units. This organization sponsors 4 blood drives each year.
· Baseball and Soccer seasons are in full swing.
· Brochure [Board Packet Enclosure]: February 2013 – Insight You can Trust – Published by Childs & Halligan, P.A.
The brochure noted that some school districts are using armed security officers for school related events and the districts should go through a local law enforcement agency in employing security officers.
Superintendent Schwarting noted that Bamberg School District One contracts with the city of Bamberg for their two resource officers and pays for their services for 180 days that students are in school. The Police and Sheriff’s Departments allow officers to ride through the parking lots periodically. The district is working on installing new security devices and refining the district safety plans.
· Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School sponsored a “Financial Aid Night” on February 7, 2013, to help parents learn how to complete forms for their children when they are going off to school – grants and loans.
7. Public Report on Superintendent’s Evaluation
Board Vice-chair Chris Wallace reviewed an article that would go to the local newspaper regarding Superintendent’s Schwarting’s evaluation. It states as follows.
On Wednesday, February 13, 2013, the Board of Trustees (Board) of Bamberg School District One (District) met in executive session to conduct Superintendent Phyllis Schwarting's annual performance evaluation. The evaluation, which is required by Board policy and the District's employment contract with the Superintendent, focused on Ms. Schwarting's major accomplishments as the educational leader of this school system. The Board focused its discussion on Ms. Schwarting's achievements in such varied and important areas as improving student achievement, finalizing capital improvements associated with the bond referendum, and managing the finances and hiring needs of the schools.
At this meeting, the Board publicly expressed its approval of Mrs. Schwarting's performance and her commitment to the children in the District, as well as to our staff and the community at large. The Board in particular commends Mrs. Schwarting for her efforts to improve student achievement at all levels and provide the best educational and extracurricular opportunities possible for our students. Mrs. Schwarting also has worked very effectively this past year to ensure that the District's budget priorities at all levels remain focused on promoting student achievement, as well as that the monies received through the bond referendum were used in an efficient manner. Mrs. Schwarting is a long-time member of our community and her relationships with teachers, parents, government leaders, and businesses are invaluable to our collective efforts to ensure that all students in our school system have top-quality educational opportunities.
In light of Ms. Schwarting's favorable performance evaluation, the Board acted to extend her contract for one additional year. Additionally, in acknowledgment of her continued service and dedication to our students and community, the Board provided Mrs. Schwarting with a two percent salary increase.
The Board is pleased with the leadership that Mrs. Schwarting continues to provide and commends her for her tireless dedication to our students and community.
8. Monthly Financial Report
Finance Director Devon Furr presented the Finance Report for January 2013. The report indicated items that were overspent and the reasons they are overspent.
Overspent items were: Equipment (Additional items were purchased for the new Richard Carroll Elementary School. Also, included is the purchase of new buses; however, they will be reclassified during the audit); Technology Equipment (Purchased new cameras
and additional items for RCES); Property Insurance (Did not project the right amount for the new school); Temporary Salaries (Added additional long-term substitute custodians at
new school. Also, some employees were out for extended periods of time); Supplies (Did not budget enough - this was the area that was cut in preparing the budget); and School Level Instruction (encumbrance purchase order. EMMA systems and that are being leased). [Board Packet Enclosure]
9. Visitors’ Comments
10. Executive Session
Vice-chair Chris Wallace called for a motion to enter Executive Session. Trustee Tony E. Duncan moved and Trustee Dr. R. Dale Padgett seconded to enter the Executive Session. The motion carried (3-0). The purpose for entering executive session was to discuss:
Open session: Vice-chair Chris Wallace declared the board out of Executive Session.
Trustee Tony E. Duncan moved and Chairperson Rita M. Sease seconded to accept the resignations of Wendy Braxton, secretary at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School, effective February 15, 2013; Deborah J. Darnell, mathematics teacher at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School, effective at the end of the 2012-2013 school year; and Williene M. Rizer, teacher at Richard Carroll Elementary School, effective at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. The motion carried 3-0 [Chairperson Rita M. Sease was present; however, Trustee Dr. R. Dale Padgett was absent for the vote].
Chairperson Rita M. Sease moved and Trustee Tony Duncan seconded to adjourn the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p. m.
Rita M. Sease, Chairperson
Tony E. Duncan, Secretary