After the Georgetown County School Board came back from its regular break of July, they were greeted to news of accomplishments school district has earned since last school year.
At the regular board meeting Aug. 6, Board member Dr. Michael Cafaro was recognized for completing Level 2 in the Boardmanship Institute training program for the school district.
“The South Carolina School Board Association takes training of all members of the school boards across the state very seriously,” Chairman Jim Dumm said. “They have a tremendous program in place. It has been established since 1982 and Dr. Carfaro has reached Level 2 in a six tier system.”
It was also announced that for the second consecutive year, the district’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment scores are among the top in the state of South Carolina. The district is in fact ranked in the top 3.
Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Fredrick Cohens said, “In the two districts that ranked higher than us, both have a poverty index lower than us so this is quite an accomplishment for the early learning community in Georgetown County. There is a strong focus on early learning in our county and those collaborative efforts definitely benefit young children.”
The KRA measures four academic domains. They consist of language and literacy, math, physical well-being & motor development and social foundations. Only eight school districts met or surpassed the state average on all four domains in both 2017 and 2018 and Georgetown County was one of the eight.
In other business, the board passed first reading on a revision of the Student Rights and Responsibilities policy. They had to change in the policy where it said “Deputy Superintendent” because that position does no longer exists. Also, the appeal of a student’s suspension is proposed to drop down to one appeal from two.
Expulsion hearings will now be made private, where before parents could request in writing that it be held in public.
“We really felt the need to get rid of that and keep it private due to privacy laws,” Jon Tester, Assistant Superintendent for Schools & Support Services said. “You want to protect the rights of the student that’s going through the hearing and also any others students’ names that may come up in that hearing.”
Hearings are now proposed take place within “15 days of written notification of the initiation of expulsion hearings,” and the decision will be “rendered within 10 days of the hearing.”
“That is simply that line up with the state statutes,” Tester said.
The district also announced their surplus sales summary, which resulted in revenue of just over $31,000 from 185 lots sold.