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Berkeley County Observer Reports

LWV Observers Corps reports for Berkeley County

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BERKELEY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS

5-10-17 Berkeley County School District Budget Workshop Budget Workshop documents provided. Observer: Mev McIntosh

4-25-17 Berkeley County School Boaard 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

BERKELEY COUNTY COUNCIL

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