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State report card results discussed by school board

  • 6 December 2018
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro County Board of Education members learned Monday that Clio Elementary Middle School was one of 19 schools in the state to receive an excellent rating on the recently released school report cards.
Teachers, staff and administrators were recognized at Monday's meeting for receiving a score of 63 on the report card.
Recently, the South Carolina Department of Education and Education Oversight Committee released school and district report cards as part of the state's merged state and federal accountability system. The report cards reflected school and district performance during the 2017-2018 school year and contained overall school ratings for the first time since 2014.
CEMS Principal Julia Cain said they were excited. 
"We have come a long way," she said. "We will continue to grow. We know it is going to take a lot of work from all of us--the community and the parents."
Cain asked everyone to be there to support them every day and make sure they were doing what is best for the children in Marlboro County.
"We want all the children to succeed. We are going to be there for the other schools as well," she said.
For the Marlboro County School District, report card ratings ranged from excellent to below average.
The results for the schools are:
--Clio Elementary, excellent, 63;
--Marlboro School of Discovery, good, 48;
--McColl Elementary, average, 42;
--McColl Middle, average, 43;
--Wallace Elementary, average, 46;
--Wallace Middle, average, 46;
--Bennettsville Intermediate, below average, 37;
--Blenheim Elementary, below average, 39;
--Blenheim Middle, below average, 34;
--Marlboro County High School, below average, 41.
Detailed report cards can be seen by going to SCReportCards.com.

Clarification on Policy BEDB
Board Chairman Lucy Parsons said at the next meeting in January, the board would review the policy related to the preparation of the agenda to clarify the language so it is clear and makes for smoother working between the superintendent and the chairman.
"It is the board's meeting and even after the agenda is prepared because it is the board's meeting, the board can change the agenda, delete, table or whatever,"she said.
Other business
In other business, the board of education members:
--approved first reading of a revision to policy IJOC-R after two amendments to the original motion. The revision is to allow approval of volunteers to be the responsibility of the superintendent or his designee.
--approved second of a revision of policy DKC-R Expense Authorization and reimbursement. The changes are for the district's travel reimbursement policy to comply with federal regulation, which includes changes to times when employees must be out of the district to receive meal reimbursements and the increase in the reimbursement rate. Changes will take effect on Jan. 1, 2019.
--learned the district had expended, as of Nov. 29, $11,366,279 of a $32,818,572 budget or 34.63 percent of the budget.

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