School Board Connection

  • A summary of action taken at the May 12, 2022,  Board of Trustees Meeting

    Members Present:  S. Porter Stewart, Chairman, Trisha C. Caulder, Vice-Chairman, Kimrey-Ann Haughn, Secretary, Davy Gregg, John Galloway, EJ McIver, Alexis D. Pipkins, Sr., and Barry Townsend.
    Member(s) Absent: Bryan Chapman

    Superintendent of Florence 1 Schools Dr. Richard O’Malley announced that the commencement exercises for the three high schools will be held at the Florence Center this year on June 1st (South Florence, at 10:00 a.m. and West Florence at 4:00 p.m.) and June 2nd (Wilson at 10:00 a.m.).

    Dr. O’Malley also informed the Board of Trustees that Florence 1 Schools’ Risk Assessment Rating has improved over the past four years with a move from a rating of 28 (high risk) to a rating of 11 (low risk) with a score of 9 being the lowest possible score. The performance rating measures items related to fiscal compliance and financial stability. Dr. O’Malley thanked and credited Chief Financial Officer Laura Showe for having worked diligently to improve the school district’s Risk Management Rating. 

    Florence 1 Schools Chief Financial Officer Laura Showe gave the first reading of the 2022-23 of the $175.2 million General Fund Budget.
    √The first reading of the 2022-2023 budget was approved.

       Other items approved by the Board of Trustees include:

     √Custodial Maintenance Contract with CMA Services of Hartsville, South Carolina. 

    √School Property Disposition Mobiles.

    √Second reading of Policy DJ (Purchasing). 

    √Financial statements, minutes, personnel field trips and school renewal plans.

    RECOGNITION - The Board of Trustees recognized the following award winners:
    -SC Athletic Administrators Association AAAA Principal of the Year-Shand Josey’ 

    -SC High School Strength Coaches Region AAAA Strength Coach of the Year-Shawn Armstrong;

    -Florence 1 Schools Project Search-Program of the Year, F1S Transition Coordinator Anne Filyaw, and Exception Education Director Brian Denny, McLeod Health’s Matthew Peake and S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation’s Shainna Williams; and, 

    -SC Association of Pupil Transportation Roadeo, First Place Winner, Brandi Wetzel, Assistant Director of Transportation

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