WINNSBORO — The Fairfield County School Board met last week and had several topics of importance on the agenda. Among the items discussed were the 2015 budget audit, the 2015 assessment update, and the election of board officers for the coming year.
The first item on the agenda was the election of board officers, and there were no changes made.
Continuing in the roles will be Beth Reid as board chair, Carl Jackson Jr. as vice chairman, and William Frick as secretary. The votes were unanimous except on the vote for the chair seat. Paula Hartman voted against Reid.
The presentation of the annual audit report was a long one, with several items being questioned. In the end, the school district was able to come in under budget for the last fiscal year with a savings of around $4 million.
The best news of the evening came with the test scores and results on the assessment update. For 2015, Fairfield School District saw increases in nearly every category from test scores to graduation rates.
The average ACT scores for the district rose from 16.6 in 2013-14 to 18.2 in 2014-15 and SAT scores were up 63 points from the previous school year. Fairfield County had the ninth highest improvement rate in South Carolina.
The district also had a significantly higher number of students getting college credit in AP courses. Among those students, there were three achieving college credit in AP calculus, the first in Fairfield County. There were an additional 40 students who achieved a ‘B’ or higher in dual credit courses.
The most impressive number among all the improvements was the four year graduation rate. The previous three years saw 76.6, 80.8, and 76.3 percent of students graduate.
For this past school year, the state average was 80.3 percent, a slight increase from the previous year’s 80.1 percent. Fairfield Central’s four year graduation rate was 90.7 percent.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.