LWV Observers Corps reports for Berkeley County
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10-10-17 Berkeley County School Board Meeting Meeting Highlights included: Public Comment opposed to prohibiting district staff from speaking at Board meetings; New textbooks approved re newspapers, yearbooks and emergency medical services. Almost all of district met new national test score standards. School Efficiency report focused on financial practices, risk management, internal auditing and contracts
9-27-17 Berkeley County School Board Meeting Meeting included: Recognition of Google as Champion of Education; Budget Update - on target
6-27-17 Berkeley County School Board Meeting Meeting highlights included: Approval of several items including various Head Start items; calendar; COLA and hire; Cell phone towers; contract approval; General Fund Budget Approved; Personnel policies to comply with state requirements; Superintendent's Report; and Attendance appeals. Observer + Mev McIntosh
6-13-17 Berkeley County School Board Meeting Primary focus on state and federal report card; ACT and WorkKeys; Personalize Program; Testing Frequency. Observer: Mev McIntosh
5-23-17 Berkeley County School Board Meeting Major topics included: New school construction - Foxbank Elementary; Summary of building repairs; Budget surplus; School Wellness policy reading regarding healthy foods as incentives. Observer: Jane Pulling
5-10-17 Berkeley County School District Budget Workshop Budget Workshop documents provided. Observer: Mev McIntosh
4-25-17 Berkeley County School Board Meeting Among items discussed: Head Start Training & Budget Approval; Legacy Builders; Stadium Bleacher Replacement approved; Quarterly financial report submitted; District Strategic Plan approved; School District Budget Workshop scheduled for May 9th Observer: Mev McIntosh
3-10-17 Berkeley County School Board Special Meeting Resignation of Superintendent Brenda Blackburn; interim appointment of Deon Jackson; approved hiring of Harding Parker to lead search and aspects of transition
2-28-17 BCSB Meeting Head Start budget approved; board has hired new forensic auditor in light of recent financial issues; update on facilities. Observer: Jane Pulling
2-14-2017 BCSB Mtg Berkeley County School Board Meeting - Strategic Plan items 1 and 2 discussed; Incumbent Audit Firm was dismissed in part due to recent concerns about district financial management.
1-10-2017 BCSB Mtg - Board has policy areas that need updates; Need to accelerate Tanner / Foster Creek attendance zone implementation; Financial audit for period ending June 30, 2016 - audit revealed a "good, healthy fund balance"; BCSD was $2.6M over budget in terms of the positive side with revenues and $1.8M under in terms of expenditures; Review of policy prohibiting parents for serving as volunteers (team coaches, etc.) - Observer: Mev McIntosh
11_15_16_BCSB_MTG - Meeting included announcement of a board legal counsel replacement. Observers: Mev McIntosh and Jane Pulling
10-22-18 Berkeley County Council Meeting Observer: Elliot Lipson
9-24-18 Berkeley County Council Meeting Observer: Eliot Lipson
8-27-18 Berkeley County Council Observer: Elliot Lipson
"5-22-17 Berkeley County Council Meeting: <files/5-22-17_Berkley_County_Council_Meeting.pdf> Meeting highlights included: Memorial Day celebration & remembrance; Mobile Mental Health Crisis Center; Caution signs for safety for autistic children; $20 fees for EMS services to rural locations; 2018 Budget Observers: Mary Lou & Doc Ardrey
3-27-17 Berkeley County Council Meeting included approval of items dealing with water, sewer and rail; Financial Report + County has $4.4 M in surplus; Approval of Pay increases for employees earning less than $60K; Deferred decision on those earning more than $60. Denied Royal Road Rezone proposal; approved free recycling program. + Observers: Marylou and Doc Ardrey
4-11-17 Goose Creek City Council Meeting Meeting highlights: Internships; Zoning ordinances
3-14-17 Goose Creek City Council Meeting Meeting included several zoning ordinances, including Flood Hazard Control; Parking & Loading; and recycling. The Council voted to oppose S.C. bill regarding Business License Tax. There were public comments regarding recycling and sanitation.