Education

The Georgetown County School District has two principal openings to fill at its high schools before classes start Aug. 21.

Georgetown High Principal Craig Evans and Carvers Bay Principal Dr. Bethany Giles will be moving to different positions within the district. Evans will be the district’s director of special projects, overseeing construction projects of high schools and athletics. Giles will be the executive director of high schools and the High School League liaison. She will also have oversight of high school athletic programs.

Those roles will fill the gap left by departing Deputy Superintendent Dr. Celeste Pringle, who will retire July 1. Superintendent Randy Dozier said the district currently does not plan to replace Pringle.

“She had a myriad of duties which have to be given out and assigned to people,” Dozier said.

The school board also held the first public hearing for the adoption of its 2019-2020 general fund budget. The proposed budget is $91.5 million, an increase of $3.9 million over the current year. The balanced budget includes a 4 percent pay raise for all district employee and a tax increase of 5.9 mills from the current rate of 109.7 mills.

Included in the budget is an anti-bullying program the district will implement over the next couple of years. The program, know as “Olweus,” was started at Clemson University to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school.

The district’s Department of Safety and Risk Management will provide training to school administrators.

“It’s a school-based program, so individual schools would have ownership of it,” said Executive Director for Safety and Risk Management Alan Walters. “Most importantly it engages the students in leadership roles and also brings in parents as well so it is really a community-based program.”

Board member Richard Kerr praised the work that Walters and his staff have done already.

“You are basically the standard for a lot of schools today,” Kerr said.

A second public hearing and final vote on the budget will be held July 9 at 5 p.m.

During Tuesday’s meeting, several administrative employees had their titles changed:

• Jon Tester, Interim Assistant Superintendent for Schools and Support Services.

• James T. Davis, Interim Assistant superintendent for Facilities and Transportation.

• Doug Jenkins, Executive Director for Human Resources.

• Myrtle Milton, Executive Director for Support Staff Personnel and Employee Programs.

• Chelice Waites, Director of Human Resources.

• Lonnie Stuckey, Director of Safety and Risk Management.

• Dr. Genia Smith, Executive Director of Federal and State Programs.