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April 12, 2016 Richland Two School Board Meeting Highlights


Voting Item: Consent Agenda
As part of the consent agenda, the board received a facilities update on Elementary School 20.
Special Recognitions
Students and staff were recognized for their achievements.
Faculty Focus: ALERT Program
ALERT teacher Anthony James shared information about the ALERT program’s recent celebration of Albert Einstein’s birthday in partnership with the South Carolina State Museum. This event was a huge success and was attended by more than 1000 Richland Two students and parents.
Voting Item: Inclement Weather Day Relief
The board voted to approve the administration’s request to waive one school day missed in October 2015 due to the natural disaster caused by flooding.
In order to make up days missed, Richland Two students attended school on January 4, February 15 and March 25. Students will make up a fourth day by attending school on April 29, 2016.
Jan. 4, 2016, was originally scheduled as a student holiday/teacher workday. Using this day allowed our schools to recapture instruction time during the first semester. Feb. 15, March 25 and April 29 were scheduled as inclement weather make-up days for the 2015–2016 school year. We also recaptured instructional time by canceling some early release days at elementary and middle schools and some late-start days at high schools.
If more than three days are missed, the local School Board of Trustees, by a majority vote, may waive no more than three days according to S.C. Code of Laws §59-1-425 (HB 3890) as it relates to school closings due to snow, extreme weather conditions or other disruptions. Additional information regarding missed school days provided by the S.C. State Department of Education is attached.
When making up missed school days, we strive to successfully recapture lost instructional time. District administrators do not believe there are any other viable options for making up the school day without high-absentee rates. High absenteeism would greatly compromise our delivery of instruction, food services, transportation and other essential services.
Update: JROTC Programs
Career and Technology Coordinator Mary Paige Boyce presented an update to the board regarding the district’s JROTC programs.
Report: General Fund Budget for 2016–2017
Chief Financial Officer Harry Miley presented as information possible revenue scenarios, needs and recommended funding areas for the 2016–2017 General Fund Budget.
A complete recording of each board meeting is aired on the district’s cable access channel 12 R2TV on Time Warner Cable and on demand anytime through the district’s YouTubechannel.