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BAMBERG -- Bamberg School District 1's 2018 audit report was favorable overall, Neal Crider of McGregor & Co. LLP told the district's board of trustees at its Jan. 22 meeting.

“I want to thank all staff for getting to me the necessary documents needed for this year’s audit. Bamberg School District 1 is classified as low risk,” Crider reported.

“Bamberg 1's General Fund ended with an increase, Food Service had its best year since 2011 and 2018 was an overall good year for the district financially,” he said.

Also during the meeting, Richard Carroll Elementary Principal Stacey Walter said the school ranked sixth out of 31 schools and 12 districts on the 2018 S.C. School Report Card.

"As you can also see by the chart, no school received an Excellent rating. There are a couple of areas we need improvement on, and we are already in the process of working on those," Walter said.

She also reported that RCES students had completed the MAP and Developmental Reading testing for mid-year.

The school's current enrollment is 745, Walter reported.

"Our discipline goal for December was not met. Our goal was only 20, but we had 27 office referrals,” she said.

Denise Miller, principal of Bamberg-Ehrhardt Middle, said the school's current enrollment is 204.

She reported that recent professional development opportunities for the middle school's staff included the Introduction to the Computer Science Standards, the S.C. Department of Education ELA Regional Professional Development Series, the SCDE's Math Regional Professional Development Series, and the SCDE's ELA Regional Professional Development Series.

Miller discussed the results of the school's S.C. School Report Card status, noting, “Bamberg Middle School has received a Good rating. As you can see by the attached chart, BEMS is ranked No. 5 out of the 22 area schools.”

Reporting on the school's discipline goal, she noted, “In November, we had six Out of School Suspensions incidents and eight In School Suspension incidents. In December, we had three OSS incidents and four ISS incidents.”

Bamberg-Ehrhardt High Principal Dennis Ulmer reported the school ranked No. 3 out of 16 area high schools.

"For some reason, we lost a few points because we have some students who go to the Cope Area (Career) Center. We do not understand why this has happened, but we are looking into that,” Ulmer said.

In other business, Superintendent Phyllis Schwarting noted that it was South Carolina School Board Recognition Month. She thanked the Bamberg 1 Board of Trustees for the good job they do and for working well with each other for the betterment of the district. 

Contact the writer: ldhntr12@yahoo.com.

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