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Dorchester County Observer Reports

LWV Observers Corps reports for Dorchester County

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Dorchester School District 2

12-11-17 Dorchester D-2 School Board Meeting Highlights Included: Holiday cards by 2 students recognized; Update on delay in opening RMSA due to compliance with fire codes - also auditorium will not be completed until summer so additional work is being done for student access; Accreditation team for Advanced Education Program will be introduced at next meeting. Observer: Vicki Westberg

11-27-17 Dorchester D-2 School Board Meeting Highlights included: Recognition of 455 employers that contributed to Trident United way; $10,000 Scholarship Education Fund contribution from the Summerville Italian Feast; Identifications of new goals; Preparations for new Rollings Middle School; Board to attend SCSBA. Observer: Vicki Westberg

11-13-17 Dorchester D-2 School Board Meeting Highlights include: Reality Town Day may be expanded to other high schools in the district; There is a review of high school schedules; District policies being updated for the first time in 17 years.

10-23-17 Dorchester School D-2 Board Meeting Highlights included - District needs; Budget Update; New Rollings Middle Schoo opening; Leadership participation; state proposal on dyslexia. Observer: Vicki Westberg

10-9-17 Dorchester School District Two - Board Meeting Meeting highlights included - Recognition of several school and awards and recognition. Safety training practices

9-25-17 Dorchester School District Two - Board Meeting Meeting covered standard board business, including new personnel practices. There was public comment about the need for Active Assailant training for staff in the event of a potentially dangerous event.

8-28-17 Dorchester School District Two Board Meeting Meeting Highlights included discussion of new school year start with over 26,300 students expected to grow to 30,000 next year. A report from members who attend the SCSBA School Law Conference included that parents could not withdraw their children from participation in assessment testing; and there was discussion of INS involvement with schools but not final information was provided.

8-14-17 Dorchester School District Two Board Meeting Meeting included presentation by Superintendent regarding plans, goals and vision. Also discussion of construction project.

3-13-17 Dorchester School District 2 Board Meeting Included Adoption of 2017/18 school calendar; Determination regarding Hurricane Matthew make-up days; and construction report. No public comment offered. Observer + Jan Lewis

Dorchester School District 4

5-9-17 Dorchester County School District 4 Special Budget Meeting Highlights included: Presentation of upcoming public meetings regarding proposed budget as well as presentation to the City Council

4-25-17 Dorchester County School District #4 Regular Board Meeting Highlights included: Approval of out-of-state field trips; Staff development and curriculum approval; policies approved. Observer: None + taken from Board minutes

4-25-17 Dorchester County School District #4 Special Meeting No action taken beyond Executive Session to review legal issue. Observer: None + taken from Board minutes

Dorchester County Board of Elections

11-10-17 Dorchester County Board of Elections Meeting Meeting included a review of lessons learned from most election and action steps that can be taken to improve. Also status of voting machines was discussed. Observer: Vickii Westberg

10-19-17 Dorchester Board of Elections Meeting Highlights included - Update on National Voter Registration; Certificate of Elections; State Election Commission on cyber security check; Audit of Emergency Management Plan. Observer: Vicki Westberg

8-17-17 Dorchester Board of Elections & Registration Meeting Meeting hightlights included discussion regarding logistrics of upcoming municipal elections and ways to promote the elections & support voter awareness.

4-17 Dorchester County Board of Elections Meeting Minutes

Dorchester Summerville Township

12-14-17 Summerville Town Council Meeting Highlights included: Employee Service Recognition; Comments included concern about mayor's authority; Zoning actions; Members to serve on standing committees; Budget was passed; members appointed to Local Hospitality Accommodations Tax Committee; Bob Jackson appointed Mayor Pro-Tem. Obvserver: Vicki Westberg

11-9-17 Summerville Town Council Meeting Highlights Included: New member welcome; first reading of vote for Mayor Pro-Tem and Vice-Mayor; Recommendations for improvements to Sawmill Branch Trail; Rezoning Proposals; & proposed administrative amendments that would alter the mayor's authority. Observer: Vicki Westberg

7-13-17 Summerville Township Council Meeting Meeting Highlights included: Public comments re: zoning; concerns mailed to residents; city services. Other issues: Solar subscriptions; transfer of Brown Family Park. Considerable interest in a zone code change which failed to pass on second reading. Observers: Jan Lewis and Vicki Westberg

4-13-17 + Summerville Town Council Meeting + Among items discussed: Holocaust remembrance; Approval of committee reports; Public Concern voiced regarding HUD grant and what speaker viewed as HUD over-reach. Observer: Jan Lewis

3-9-17 Summerville Town Council Meeting Included approval of reports; new members of Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee; funding for architectural design of new National Guard Armory; Opposition to H650 business license tax; Upcoming Strategic Planning Meeting; Numerous public comments; and call for civility. Observer + Jan Lewis