Two schools in Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 were utilized as shelters last week when the high winds and rain from Hurricane Irma hit the area, Superintendent Dr. Tim Newman reported during the September board of trustees meeting.

The schools served a number of people on Monday and were closed early Tuesday morning, Newman said.

Hunter-Kinard-Tyler School was scheduled as a site, and Branchville High was announced at the last moment as a second site. Newman said the district would check with the Education Oversight Committee about getting earlier warning the next time so that the district could be better prepared.

No damages were reported in the district other than a few extra leaks, he said.

Also during the meeting, the board gave final second reading of four policies, including the school wellness policy, which meets state and federal guidelines, limiting fat and sodium content and portion size in all meals. Larry Wolfe, head of district operations, said the new policy better defines the guidelines than the previous policy.

“But, I worry about the kid who’s not getting enough at home, and we’ve had to cut back,” Wolfe noted earlier.

Trustees also approved second reading on a new content and credit recovery policy that allows high school students who are failing specific areas of a course to retake only those areas.

A plan aimed at promoting and accelerating students in all grades will employ Edgenuity software so the students can take recovery online.

In other business, the board unanimously approved a trip to Washington, D.C. from May 31-June 4, 2018, for Carver-Edisto Middle School eighth graders.

The students will visit a number of historic sites including the Marine Corps Museum, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian museums and Arlington National Cemetery.

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