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New OCSD 4 leader gets three-year contract

New OCSD 4 leader gets three-year contract

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Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four trustees have approved a three-year contract with Dr. Tim Newman, who will become the district’s next superintendent.

The contract approved Tuesday calls for Newman to receive a salary of $129,500.

Newman has been the district’s assistant superintendent of human resources/public relations since 2011. He was named superintendent last week by a vote of 4-3.

He will take over on July 1, when Superintendent Brenda Turner retires.

Newman has said he plans to “build a curriculum model that makes sense for Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four” after considering both state standards and new testing protocols.

In a statement released to the public, he said, “I really want to help our students succeed in the classroom in every way that I possibly can.”

Before arriving in District 4, Newman served as executive director of operations, maintenance and technology services in the Pickens County School District.

He’s also served as president of the S.C. Association of School Administrators Human Resources/Personnel Division.

Before entering the field of education, Newman spent 17 years working in the Macy’s and Belk’s retail chains.

He earned bachelor’s and masters’ degrees in finance and economics from Clemson University and a master’s in education administration from the University of Alabama. He also earned a doctorate in educational leadership from South Carolina State University.

In other business, financial consultant Glen Stiegman reported the district is tracking very well on revenues, which are about 4.8 percent over this time last year.

Expenditures also look good, he said. Compared to last year at this time, spending is about 2.4 percent less.

However, no budget was set up for a number of programs while the some programs were greatly under-budgeted.

For example, the money budgeted for food service was $35,000, but the district has actually spent close to $2.5 million, creating a deficit of more than $2.4 million in food services.

On the other hand, the district is taking in money in areas where no budget was created for them, Stiegman said.

Those areas include miscellaneous state funds which brought in more than $30,000 and Palmetto Priority totals, which brought in almost $290,000 this year.

Stiegman told trustees that the problems with the budget will be fixed.

Newman said earlier that a budget plan has been crafted and will be presented to the board next month. It will make the district much stronger in years to come, he said.

In December the district had to move $807,000 from the fund balance to cover a deficit from the last fiscal year.

In April, the board learned that another $1.2 million is going to have to be taken from the fund balance by the end of the year to cover the $807,000, plus mandated increases in employee salaries and benefits.

That month, trustees voted to hire a forensic auditor “to ensure the district funds were expended for education-related purposes and no violations occurred.”

The OCSD 4 board also heard from Orangeburg County Development Commission Executive Director Gregg Robinson, who urged the district to prepare its students to meet the needs of global businesses moving into the area by focusing on programs in science, technology, engineering and math.

Training should begin at least by the sixth grade, he said.

Contact the writer: dlinder-altman@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5529 

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