School Board Connection
A Summary of the Action Taken at the June 11, 2020 Board of Trustees Meeting
Members Present: S. Porter Stewart, Chairman, Barry Townsend, Vice-Chairman, Artie Buxton, Secretary, Trisha C. Caulder, Bryan Chapman, John Galloway, Davy Gregg and Alexis D. Pipkins, Sr.
Dr. Richard O’Malley, Superintendent of Florence 1 Schools, provided the Superintendent’s Update:
•Online registration is open for next school year; parents are asked to register students by July.
•Currently, there are 24 staff vacancies in Florence 1 Schools (14 certified and 10 classified) with an expectation of having all vacancies filled by the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.
•Two schools, Williams Middle and RN Beck Child Development Center, have been added to the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) listing which brings the total number of CEP schools in Florence 1 to nine. CEP is a non-pricing meal service option for schools.
•Athletic conditioning begins on June 15th with guidelines outlined by the South Carolina High School League’s (SCHSL) transition plan. The overview of the SCHSL plan also applies to band and other extra-curricular activities.
•An extended school year program for special education students began at RN Beck on June 3rd and will continue through July 20th. The program offers speech, occupational therapy and physical therapy.
•Florence 1 Schools is also offering twelve days of an Academic Recovery Camp for identified students in grades two through six. The face-to-face camp will take place June 29th through July 16th with a concentration on reading and mathematics on the following school campuses: Carver, Delmae, Dewey Carter, Greenwood, Lester, Moore, North Vista and Royall. The camp will have a 1-to-8 teacher-student ratio and will operate adhering to CDC guidelines.
•Florence 1 Schools will reopen on August 3rd for the 2020-21 school year with the expectation of receiving some operational guidance from the AccelerateED task force established by South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. Dr. O’Malley announced that the Florence 1 Schools Reopening Task Force will meet to develop guidelines for school reopening as well.
The Board approved the following:
•financial statements and board meeting minutes from March 12, 2020; April 16, 2020; and May 14, 2020.
•a called meeting on June 25, 2020, to hold election of board officers and evaluation of the superintendent; a regular board meeting on July 16, 2020.
•new personnel including the appointment of LaTonya Yates-Ford as principal of Savannah Grove Elementary.
•site and concrete package for the construction of a new Southside Middle School with an expected construction completion date of August 2022.
•continuing resolution for the 2020-2021 budget and millage rate