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Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 trustees praised the performance of the district’s teen pregnancy prevention program at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The Medicaid Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Services program paid its debt and ended the 2016-2017 school year with a $41,000 overage, MAPPS Supervisor Lakesha Hart reported.

This is the first year since its inception that the program has made money.

“This has been the best year ever with MAPPS,” trustee Julius Page said.

Hart said the program is “evidence-based” and focuses on prevention services and promotes abstinence.

She said that the MAPPS program had a 98.6 percent success rate for the past year, meaning there were two pregnancies.

But, Hart said, “that’s two pregnancies too many.”

In other business at Tuesday’s meeting:

• Trustees heard a presentation by Dr. Charlene Stokes, principal of host school Robert E. Howard Middle School.

• The board designated trustees Henry Jenkins and Idella Carson as delegates to the South Carolina School Boards Association’s upcoming conference in Charleston.

• Trustees voted to move next month’s meeting from Tuesday, Nov. 14, to Monday, Nov. 13, because of a conference that several board members will be attending.

• State Rep. Lonnie Hosey, D-Barnwell, spoke to the board about several S.C. House bills that involve public schools and higher education. He was invited by trustee Vernon Stephens.

Hosey attended the meeting with state Rep. Jerry Govan, D-Orangeburg, and said he was impressed with the board and the school district.

“We thank you for what you’ve done,” he said.

• Payroll Supervisor Pam Williams gave the finance and operations report.

For the month of August, local revenue was $417,527, and interest revenue was $27,669. State revenue was $764,593, and state Education Finance Act revenue was $1,358,921. Total revenues for the month were $2,846,705, and total expenditures were $4,390,612, she said.

OCSD5 Public Relations Director Bill Clark said that it is “normal for expenditures to exceed revenues at this time of year.”

“The reason is that the majority of people pay their property taxes in the months of December and January. Revenue spikes during these months while expenditures stay relatively consistent from month to month,” Clark said.

“You'll see revenue start to pick up in November, peak in December and January, and then start declining again in February and March, and be minimal April through September,” he said.

• Dr. Cynthia Cash-Greene, head of instructional services, requested a work session with trustees to discuss the results of student testing prior to the November meeting.

After discussion, the board approved a motion to hold a special called meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, to review the test results.

• Superintendent Dr. Jesse Washington praised Principal Stokes and her faculty and staff for a “great job” with school’s STEM lab.

“It really is a great promotion and something the school should be proud of,” he said.

• Trustees voted to enter closed, executive session to discuss personnel recommendations and personnel matters. After returning to open session, trustees approved Human Resources Director Robert Grant’s recommendations for certified staff and for separation.

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