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Education

  • School board votes not to pay law firm

    Following a lengthy executive session, the Chester County School Board voted to not pay invoices presented to them by the Duff & Childs law firm. The vote was two in favor and three board members opposed. Board chair Dr. Anne Collins abstained from the vote. The District 5 seat held by the late Patricia Hampton will remain vacant until a special election in May.

    At issue are five invoices for work connected with representing the school district for a total of $18,205.

  • David vs. Goliath...Part II

    Like David before Goliath, State Sen. Mike Fanning is standing in the path of a giant, getting ready to do battle, with only sling and five smooth stones against a sword. Only in this case, the sword is House Speaker Jay Lucas’ education reform bill and the stones are Fanning’s points of opposition to the bill.

     

    Sleight of hand

  • School board members sworn in, officers elected

    Chester County School Board newly elected and reelected members were installed Monday night at the board’s January meeting, held at Chester Middle School’s auditorium.

    With his wife Janice standing at his side as well as Superintendent Dr. Angela Bain, new school board member Jim Fuller was sworn in by Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons.

  • David vs. Goliath...Fanning takes aim at Speaker's education bill

    Like David before Goliath, State Sen. Mike Fanning is standing in the path of a giant, getting ready to do battle, with only sling and five smooth stones against a sword. Only in this case, the sword is House Speaker Jay Lucas’ education reform bill and the stones are Fanning’s points of opposition to the bill.

  • School board gets briefing on state tests, report card findings

    The directors and staff of the Chester County School District Instructional Department briefed the Chester County School Board at their January meeting on the district’s performance as measured by state tests and the state school report cards.

    The district also held a Data and Donuts workshop recently for parents to explain what the test scores and the report card ratings mean. Dr. Tammy Graham, Executive Director of Early Childhood/Elem Education, conducted those workshops and provided the meat of the presentation to the school board.

  • Bain's contract extended through next school year

    The Chester County School Board voted in a special called meeting last Tuesday to move the deadline date for extending Superintendent Dr. Angela Bain’s contract from January to June of 2019; on Jan. 30, Dr. Bain said she couldn’t agree to that.

    Dr. Bain sent a copy to The N&R of the following statement sent last Wednesday morning to school board members:

  • Board extends "evergreen provision" of Bain contract...super will decide her own future

    The Chester County School Board didn’t vote on Tuesday to renew Superintendent Angela Bain’s contract. But they also didn’t vote to end the contract. Like a tennis match with incredibly slow serves, what they did was to lob the decision to stay in the school district or leave, firmly in Dr. Bain’s court.

  • Sharpe brings constituent concerns over Bain contract to school board

    At the same meeting where the Chester County School Board discussed the superintendent’s contract, Richburg Mayor Pro Tem Ed Sharpe submitted a letter outlining some of his constituent’s concerns about the superintendent’s job performance.

    Sharpe begins the letter to Chester County School Board members by stating as mayor pro-tem of Richburg, ‘I have sworn an oath to serve my constituents' best interests, listen to their concerns and to convey these to other governmental bodies.’

  • School board gets briefing on super's contract terms

    Chester County School Board received a briefing on Tuesday night concerning the terms and conditions of the district’s contract with Superintendent Dr. Angela Bain.

    Board members, including board member-elect Jim Fuller, met in closed session for about an hour with attorneys David Duff and David Lyon. Board chair Denise Lawson had retired and board vice chair Dr. Anne Collins presided over the special called meeting. Dr. Bain was present when the meeting began but, per the terms of her contract, did not attend the executive session.

  • Senate Budget director says S.C. can expect $1 billion windfall for budget

    Senator Wes Climber called Senate Finance Committee Budget Director Mike Shealy “the Santa/Grinch” when he introduced him at the recent Catawba COG Elected Officials Forum – Santa when he brings the legislature good budget news that there is money to spend and Grinch when he brings them the bad news that there’s not a lot of money to work with that year. This year, the legislature gets to be Santa and deliver presents to the good citizens of the state, and the Grinch can stay on Mt. Crumpet with his dog.