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Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 trustees approved the purchase of new student desks, chairs and tables at a special called meeting Thursday.

Meeting for only the second time at the new district office at 102 Founders Court, trustees voted to enter closed executive session at the start of the meeting to discuss contractual matters.

After returning to open session, the board approved a motion by Vice Chair Henry Jenkins to transfer $1.4 million into the general fund for the new furniture.

All trustees present voted for the action. Trustee Susan Gleaton was absent from the meeting.

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At the board’s May meeting, Dr. Cynthia Cash-Greene, head of instructional services, reported that her department had identified a need to replace the desks and chairs in all of the district’s classrooms.

Greene noted that that current condition of the classroom furniture can impair students’ ability to learn.

The cost to replace the classroom furniture for teachers and students was estimated to be approximately $3.7 million.

With no other business on the agenda, trustees voted to adjourn.

The new Orangeburg County School District will take over OCSD5’s operations on July 1, along with OCSD3 and OCSD4.

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