A cheerleader at Marlboro County High School has tested positive for COVID-19, Marlboro County School District officials said in a statement on Tuesday.
District officials, who were notified on Tuesday, said they have disinfected all areas that they believe the cheerleaders may have been present and all practices have been canceled until further notice.
Although all social distancing precautions were in place, school officials have notified the parents of all students involved with the cheerleading squads.
Each has been notified to take the necessary quarantine protocols as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Everyone is encouraged to continue to follow the guidelines of social distancing, constant and consistent washing of the hands, and wearing a mask at all times when possible.
Officials said they will continue to do all that they can to ensure the safety of the students and staff but will need the support of the community.
The American Red Cross held a socially distanced blood drive Tuesday in the parking lot of Marian Wright Edelman Public Library. Officials only allowed three donors inside at a time to donate. Here Angela Bears, left, has her blood pressure taken by phlebotomist Carolyn Braddy before donating. Officials said 23 donated with 19 units collected. The ARC is testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Test results will be available to donors via the Blood Donor App or at RedCrossBlood.org within seven to 10 days. To donate, visit the ARC website to sign up for a blood drive. Upcoming blood drives include 2:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Marlboro Academy; 2-7 p.m. Sept. 18 at McColl Pentecostal Holiness Church; and 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at S.C. Department of Transportation.
Marlboro County Board of Education decided against placing a question on the November ballot for a $15 million bond referendum.
The Board of Education had to deliver a referendum question to the Voter Registration office by Aug. 15.
If the question had been approved, it would have been increasing taxes between 11.5 and 13 mills.
Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord felt the voters should decide whether $15 million will be enough to keep the district moving in the right direction.
Some of the possible uses of the money would have been improving HVAC systems.
Voters approved a $10 million general obligation bond in November of 2018 for the Marlboro County School District. It was done without a millage increase.
“Where would the condition of our buildings be right now?” McCord asked. “They would be in much worse shape because we would not have done anything.”
David Loadholt, construction project manager for the district, made a presentation about the 2018 Bond Referendum project. He talked about the various projects and how the $10 million bonds had been used to take care of $15 million worth of projects for the district.
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BLENHEIM — Blenheim Middle School of Discovery teacher Keydareon Graham went into uncharted territory this summer with several other teachers.
The group taught students during the Summer Learning Academy for Marlboro County School District for students grades K-8.
Each morning for three weeks, Graham arrived at his classroom, got his laptop ready to log into Google Meet to greet his students.
Graham was in the classroom but his students were in their homes.
A seventh grade math teacher at BMSD, he has been teaching for three and a half years.
“This is uncharted territory,” Graham said. “I was very nervous to do any kind of learning on a digital platform.”
Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to make landfall around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning.
During a Monday afternoon Zoom emergency response planning meeting, Marlboro County E911/Emergency Management Director Steve Akers said there was a question as to what part of South Carolina or the very southern coast of North Carolina is the storm expected to make landfall.
The storm may regain hurricane strength before making landfall. Two to four inches of rain is predicated with winds of around 35 mph with possible gusts of 50 mph.
"The ground is already fairly wet in Marlboro," Akers said. "Given that a good sustained wind of 35 mph will probably bring some trees down so we may have some power outages."
It was noted that the water in Crooked Creek and Pee Dee River was very low along with Lake Paul Wallace not being high.
Akers felt the county should be able to sustain three or four inches of rain relatively easy.
The arrival time of tropical winds is around 8 p.m. so Akers has planned to open the Emergency Operations Center at 6 p.m. It will include a representative from Bennettsville Police Department, Marlboro Sheriff's Office, Bennettsville Fire Department, Marlboro Emergency Medical Services, Marlboro County Fire, and City of Bennettsville Utilities.
"It is a lot better to have us in place should things happen than to try to herd us all back in here in the middle of 40 mph winds and driving rain," he said.
Akers added there were no plans to open a shelter here or statewide.
"This looks like something we can handle relatively well," he said.