There will be no county tax increase next year, Bamberg School District 1 trustees were told at the June meeting.
Assistant Director of Finance Kim Johnson reported, “The district’s budget is balanced at $16,182,791.16, and there will be no tax increase for the citizens of Bamberg County.”
A pay increase of 2.897 percent for all district employees has also been approved.
“Even though the state approved an increase of 4 percent, the state does not fund the full 4 percent,” Johnson said.
Also, trustees approved final reading of the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget. The total in the general fund was $12,893,859.60. The budget is available on the district’s website for anyone wishing to view it.
In other business:
• Richard Carroll Elementary School brought back the Boeing MUSC Wellness trophy back home along with a monetary award. The MUSC Boeing Center for Children's Wellness was created in July 2007 as a partnership between the Medical University of South Carolina Division of Adolescent Medicine, and the Charleston County School District.
The mission of the BCCW is to prevent childhood obesity in South Carolina by creating healthier school and childcare environments through innovative wellness initiatives. This initiative is a simple, evidence-based, school program that improves nutrition and increases physical activity by motivating districts and schools to make policy, systems, and environmental changes.
RCES’ “Going Green” Summer Reading Camp for grades 1-3 is underway through July 11 with approximately 45 students. The Math Jumpstart Camp will begin on July 15 for rising 3-5 grades and run for 3 weeks.
• Bamberg-Ehrhardt Middle School’s farm and garden was inspected on May 24 by the United States of Agriculture, and is officially GAP certified, making them a produce vendor. The school has six raised vegetable beds and chickens.
The school received two more raised beds through their partnership with Southeastern Housing and Community Development and the Tri-County Health network. They now have six raised beds
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BEMS received 2 more raised beds through their partnership with Southeastern Housing and Community Development and the Tri-County Health network. They now have 6 raised beds in which they are growing vegetables in.
The BEMS Wellness Team received $1,000 from the Boeing MUSC Children’s Wellness Center for their participation in the wellness program.
The ceiling renovations in the gym are complete, and the contractors are still repairing the damages caused in the floor.
• Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School’s graduation celebrated 96 seniors on May 31 in an event that was broadcast live. This was the second year the high school broadcast the graduation.
BEHS’ JROTC attended boot camp at Fort Jackson from June 10-15. They had 11 cadets graduate.
The varsity volleyball squad hosted their first volleyball camp at the high school on June 3 and 4.
Dutch Boykin, Hayes Ulmer, Garrett Ulmer and Hunter Bridges were selected to attend Boys State during the week of June 10 at Anderson University.
Maggie Harper, Joanna Wallen and Maddie Lawson were selected to attend Girls State, also during the week of June 10, at Presbyterian College.
Alex Ahlin won a gold medal in the Junior Men’s Skeet Olympics in Colorado Springs on Sunday, June 23.
• Superintendent Phyllis Schwarting reported that all district schools and the Cope Area Career Center have received an Accredited/All Clear from the S.C. Department of Education.
She said that at the beginning of the school year, there was a total of 1,324 students enrolled, and the year ended with 1,285 enrolled.
• Policy and Legal Services Advisory changes in the tobacco free policy now include vaping products being added to all three policies. Nothing else in the policies has changed. The first reading of all three updated tobacco free policies passed.