By Ed Salerno, Reporter
Eric Clark of Kelly, Galloway, Smith and Goal- sby PSC, and the Pendle- ton County School Board
auditor, presented the
annual report on the finan- cial state of the district at
the Nov. 16, 2017 School
Board Meeting. The news
for the most part was good
showing an increase in rev- enue, due largely to
increased tax revenues,
debt reduction and the
movement of funds into
the general fund. The Food
Service funds showed an
increase as well. As to the
bottom line incoming rev- enue exceeded expenses.
This good news led the
board to accept Superin- tendent Anthony Strong’s
recommendation to
approve the audit as presented.
At the start of the meet- ing Darell Pugh, Principal
of Northern Elementary
School (NES), introduced
Heather Shields, Art
Teacher at NES who did a
report on her art program.
Shields presented a
small canvas and easel to
each board member from
her Art Club. She referred
to her program as disci- pline based teaching/artis- tic behavior. Each grade
did work connected to a
particular discipline. The
fifth grade worked on char- coal drawings, the fourth
grade made crystals, first
and second did guided
drawings, kindergarten
worked with pumpkin
expressions on pumpkin
faces, to name a few. Schields also pointed out
that parents can go to the
web site Artsonia to view
their children’s art, make
comments on it and pur- chase a variety products
with their children’s art
work on it, coffee cups for
example. In all, it was a
well received presentation.
Board members com- plimented Shields during
their comments portion of
the meeting and Dr. Strong,
during his report, noted
that the possible up coming
special session of the legis- lature dealing with pension
reform looks to be a com- promise debate between
the Governor’s proposal
and a variety of others.
During the audience
comments portion of the
meeting Reverend Dale
Beighle offered a beautiful
prayer.
As to the action agenda,
the following items were
recommended by Dr.
Strong and approved by
the school board.
• The 2016-17 audit,
• The 2017-18 compre- hensive improvement plan,
• The BG-4 contract
closeout form for the work
at Pendleton County’s
High School and Middle
School,
• BG-5 project closeout
for the NES Sanitary Sewer
Replacement,
• Resident contracts for
students from Harrison
County Schools coming to
Pendleton County Schools,
• Approval for the
Superintendent to close
schools in the event the
Governor calls a Special
Legislative Session for
presentation and debate of
proposed pension plans.
Strong noted that if the
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