Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School received a rating of excellent on the school report cards that were issued Oct. 1, the school’s principal, Denny Ulmer, said at Bamberg School District 1’s October board meeting,
BEHS was one of 36 high schools in the state to achieve this level. There are a total of 244 high schools in the state, and BEHS is ranked in the top 15 percent.
In other high school news, the guidance department hosted a Financial Aid Night on October 8. Twenty-three parents and students participated in filling out their federal financial aid applications with the help of financial aid experts from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and Tyron Clinton, TRIO Coordinator from South Carolina State University.
Future Business Leaders of America members Eron Brooks, Jorell Banks and Zakiryah Sellers won second place in the name tag competition at this year’s S.C. FBLA Leadership Rally.
Ulmer said, “A special shout out to Eron Brooks for designing the name tag and Corey Behr for bringing it to reality.”
The Red Raider Band participated in the Lower State Band Competition on Saturday, October 19. And the volleyball team clinched the region championship against Barnwell. The Lady Raiders went undefeated for the season.
In other school news, Principal Stacey Walter of Richard Carroll Elementary stated that the school had a record number of students receive an invitation to be part of the Duke TIP program this year, with a total of 43 students, which is almost double from last year.
All Bamberg School District One’s principals attended their first USC Salkehatchie Leadership PLC on September 19 in Allendale.
Richard Carroll Elementary exceeded its canned food drive this year. Their goal was 3,379 but collected 3,526 cans.
Two teachers, Allie Ness in grade 1 and Mary Templeton in grade 2, received grants of $1,500 each through the Tri-County Community Foundation of Barnwell.
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Bamberg-Ehrhardt Middle School Principal Denise Miller said the school’s homecoming was Oct. 10. October is Bully Prevention month. South Carolina 2nd Judicial Circuit Assistant Solicitor Serena McDaniel presented at a school media and school assembly.
BEMS has been awarded a DHEC Recycling Education Grant that was written by seventh-grade science teacher Charlotte Schlamp.
In the superintendent’s report, two out-of-state/overnight trips were approved, one for the Future Farmers of America to Myrtle Beach and the other for the JROTC to Carowinds.
The BEHS senior SAT test score average was 1002, which is higher than last year. In the Mean ACT composite score for graduating seniors, the average score in 2018 was 16.2, but this year it increased to 17.6.
In the 2019-2020 Review of District Strategic and School Renewal Plans, Bamberg District One met all the criteria so they will not be required to make any revisions.
There are changes to the SC immunization requirements for childcare and school for the 2019-2020 school year. These changes include: fifth grade has been added to the requirement for two doses of varicella vaccine. Seventh grade has been added to the requirement for three doses of oral and/or inactivated polio vaccine, with at least one dose received on or after the fourth birthday. The requirement for measles, mumps and rubella vaccination has been updated to refer to MMR vaccine, as it is the only available vaccine in the U.S. Requirements are: one dose of MMR on or after the first birthday for childcare, and two doses of MMR on or after the first birthday for school. A new hepatitis vaccine requirement for childcare will begin July 1, 2020, and will begin for 5K with the 2020-2021 school year.
The second reading of the updated IKA-R Grading/Assessment Systems was approved after a thorough discussion.
In the monthly financial report, Devin Furr stated that the district’s audit is done, but they have not yet heard anything concerning it.
The board voted to enter closed, executive session before adjourning.