School Board Connection

  • A summary of action taken at the January 13, 2022 
    Board of Trustees Meeting

    Members Present: S. Porter Stewart, Chairman, Trisha Caulder Vice Chairman, Kimrey-Ann Haughn, Secretary, Bryan Chapman, John Galloway, Davy Gregg, (virtual attendance); Edward J. McIver, (virtual attendance), Alexis D. Pipkins, Sr., (virtual attendance) and Barry Townsend.

    Superintendent’s Update
    COVID-19 Update - The COVID case count as of January 14, 2022, reflects 103 staff and 251 students testing positive. Dr. O’Malley noted that in partnership with Florence 1 Schools, The Pharmacy provides free COVID rapid testing results for Florence 1 Schools faculty and staff.

    Community Education – Dr. O’Malley announced that community education classes would resume this semester. Classes include CPR, resume workshops, computer basis, Keyboarding 101, piano lessons, self-defense, American Sign Language, Conversational Spanish, Money 101, Photography 101 ACT/SAT Prep, Accounting Fundamentals, Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners, Introduction to Computer Networking, Introduction to PC Security, Introduction to QuickBooks, and Medical Coding. For more information, visit:

    Action Items
    The following items were approved by the Board of Trustees:
    √Financial statements;
    √Minutes of the December 9, 20221 Board of Trustees Meeting;
    √Personnel Report;
    √A field trip request
    √Authorization of a request from the State Superintendent allowing Dr. Richard O’Malley to serve as designated Superintendent for Florence District 4 until the districts (Florence 1 and Florence 4) consolidate.
    √ Southside Middle School Change Order (for athletic fields at a cost of $2,235,000 for football/soccer and softball baseball fields).
    √ West Florence High School Change Order (for upgrade to two-ply roofing for classroom additions in order to expediently complete the project at a cost of $195, 927).
    √ Purchase of property at 1200 North Irby Street (which includes appraisals, contract, and property line to grant an easement for landscaping that will allow designing around the cemetery area behind property).       

    Barry Townsend was recognized by the South Carolina School Boards Association for having served for 10 years as a member of the Florence 1 Schools Board of Trustees. He is one of 34 school board members throughout the state who will receive special lapel pins for reaching the 10 or 15-year benchmark in school board service.

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