School board gives final OK to $35,548,351 budget for FY 2014-2015

Last updated: June 27. 2014 11:36AM - 295 Views
By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

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WINNSBORO — First time accomplishments and test scores highlighted a list of achievements for the Fairfield County School District at the recent intergovernmental meeting.

Fairfield County School Board of Trustees Chairwoman Beth Reid represented the district and was proud to announce a few of those milestones.

“I can only say good things about what is going on right now,” she told her neighboring entities during the meeting which was held at Midlands Technical College in Winnsboro.

The school district celebrated Fairfield Magnet School for Math and Science’s accomplishment of being named a Plametto’s Finest School two months ago. Fairfield Magnet School is the first school in Fairfield County to earn the prestigious award.

“That is tremendous accolade for the staff and this district,” Reid noted.

Reid announced that test scores are looking up and had been informed that the preliminary scores were improved.

“I’m excited for that and can’t wait to see them,” she said.

The new Career and Technology Center broke ground earlier this month and Reid said she rides by the site everyday just to see the progress.

“That was a really special day and watching the progress this week has been good,” Reid stated. “It is something that has been needed for 25 years.”

The career center will be located between the Fairfield Central High School and Fairfield Middle School on the 321 Bypass in Winnsboro.

Reid said that parking will be displaced during construction. Employees will park across the street at the Walmart and parking for football games will be moved to the other side of the middle school.

Construction is scheduled to be completed Aug. 2015 in time for the start of the Fall semester.

“M.B. Kahn has worked out a great schedule, although it is a tight schedule,” Reid noted. “We’re hoping for good weather and we’re real excited about that.”

New courses in the career center will be determined by district administration.

“We will allow the administrators to say which courses bring children in and what the job market needs and we’re going to move forward with that,” Reid stated.

Reid also noted that the school board passed the final reading of the FY 2014-2015 budget with a vote of 4-2 on June 12 to five the final OK for a budget of $35,548,351. Board trustee Annie McDaniel (District 4), who joined the meeting by telephone, and Board member Paula Hartman (District 2) voted against the budget. Board member Andrea Harrison (District 1) was absent and did not vote.

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