School District receives $200,000 donation from MEC
Marlboro County Board of Education members voted 7-1 to accept a $200,000 donation from Marlboro Electric Cooperative Inc. at their meeting on Monday.
Vice-chairman Michael Coachman, Jackie Branch, Danny Driggers, Board Chairman Larry McNeil, Macky Norton, Rev. James Smith, and Katherine Manville voted yes.
Nan Fleming abstained from voting. Board Secretary Janice Bright was not at the meeting.
“Marlboro Electric Cooperative is interested in doing good for our students here in Marlboro County,” said Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord.
William Fleming, CEO of MEC, and Matt Haynie, vice president of marketing and member relations, made the presentation.
McCord added they asked the district what they could do.
Fleming said Marlboro Development Team is a for-profit subsidiary of the Cooperative.
“And because we had a good year last year, we wanted to do something special,” he said.
They are committing $20,000 for the next 10 years to go toward what McCord and Board of Education members determine is needed in the district.
“In talking with our board, this is just the beginning,” Fleming said.
In other business, the board of education members:
— approved two resignations.
— approved two new hires.
— adopted the early start option for the 2020-21 school year’s traditional calendar, which would have school starting on Aug.12. There would be 85 days for the first semester and 95 days for the second semester. There will be a full week for Thanksgiving break and have the first semester ended before winter break. The end of the course and exams would be held in December. Early graduates can begin college in January. There would be a teacher workday on Jan. 4 and a professional development day in October, February, and March. There will be no school on Memorial Day and graduation would be May 29.
— learned the MCSD International Job Fair will be at 5 p.m. Feb. 15 at Blenheim Middle School of Discovery.
— learned the MCSD Career Fair will be at 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 22 at Marlboro County High School.
— approved 5-2-1 second reading of the revision to Procurement Policy DJ-R. Coachman and Branch voted no and Fleming abstained.
— learned the district had expended, as of Jan.27, $16,191,227 of a $34,818,102 budget or 46.50 percent of the budget.