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Education

  • Meeting on school district's future draws comments from the public

    Note: Fresh from the defeat of a bond referendum on the career and workforce center and school maintenance, the Chester County School District held a special called meeting recently to talk with citizens abut the future of the district and where they go from here since the referendum was voted down. This is Part One of a report on that meeting.

     

  • City still weighing courtroom security request

    The Chester County School District says a chart of 10 locations it considered for a potential workforce and development center is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and has denied a News & Reporter attempt to obtain the document.

  • Request Denied

    The Chester County School District says a chart of 10 locations it considered for a potential workforce and development center is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and has denied a News & Reporter attempt to obtain the document.

  • School board gets briefing on safety

    Chester County School District Chief Operations Officer Jeff Gardner stepped up to the podium at the June school board meeting to deliver his last operations report. Gardner retired at the end of this school year. The focus of his final report was an update on school safety. Later in the meeting, the board discussed the same topic, in light of the proviso that was included in the S.C. state budget for additional SROs.

  • School board on referendum: Back to the drawing board

    The Chester County School Board said in a recent meeting there will be no attempt to put the failed bond referendum question on the November ballot.

    After the Chester County School District bond referendum question was defeated in February, there had been speculation in the community that the Chester County School Board wanted to put the same question, one that would have authorized the construction of a new career and workforce development center and a round of extensive repairs for the schools in the district, on the November ballot.

  • School stars walk the red carpet

    There were paparazzi (well, except for one harried newspaper reporter and one teacher, the paparazzo were cardboard cutouts), there were balloons and there was a red carpet. It was an event to rival any Hollywood premiere, and it was all about the students of the Academy for Teaching and Learning.

    The charter school opened their doors for the beginning of their school year on Wednesday. Academy Director Robyn Caldwell said the faculty came up with the idea to roll out the red carpet for the students on their first day at school.

  • School board passes $49.9 million budget

    Despite misgivings about taking money for the fund balance for recurring expenses, the Chester County School Board unanimously passed a $49.9 million budget at literally the last minute Thursday night.

    The board held a public hearing on the budget before the actual meeting where the second and final reading of the budget was approved. During that hearing, District Chief Financial Officer Mellanie Jinnette presented the proposed budget and explained where the district was in the budget process.

  • All county students to get free breakfast, lunch this coming school year

    When the school bell rings on the first day of school this year, Chester County students won’t have to pay for school breakfast or lunch.

    The Chester County School District is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision of the National School Lunch Act, an alternative for household applications for free and reduced-price meals for schools with increased levels of low-income students.

    This means all students enrolled in the school district may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge to them.

  • School board meets, discusses superintendent contract

    The Chester County School Board met in an hour-long executive session Tuesday night for discussion of the superintendent’s contract and matters related to the contract.

    Following the executive session, the board returned to open session to vote to adjourn. There was no action taken.

  • Decisions on "hard to swallow" school district budget still up in the air

    The Chester County School District is struggling to put together a budget for the 2019 fiscal year before their June 30 deadline, and some crucial decisions will be made at the 11th hour.

    And according to District Finance Director Mellanie Jinnette, there’s very little the school district can do about it until the S.C. legislature passes their budget.

    Jinnette gave the Chester County School Board members an update on the budget at the May meeting of the board, held as part of the district’s community outreach, at Chester High School.