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Visual and Performing Arts Showcase displays local children’s artistic talent

  • 28 March 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Visual and Performing Arts Showcase displays local children’s artistic talent

For the first time, the visual and performing arts came together for Marlboro County School District.
The two-day showcase held on March 22-23 featured artwork and musical performances from various schools in the district.
Sandra Widejko, the gifted and talented arts coordinator for Marlboro County School District, thought the event was a tremendous success. Students had a chance to show family, friends and community members artwork during a reception at the Bennettsville Community Center.

Board of Education discusses staffing and outsourcing services for 2019-20

  • 28 March 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Staffing, outsourcing of some services and retirees were discussed during Monday's work session for the Board of Education.
At the beginning of the session, Wes Park, chief officer of finance and operations, reviewed the elementary, middle and high schools' staffing guidelines. He talked about the state regulations and the district's guidelines.  
The state standard for most classroom sizes is 35. Marlboro County School District has between 24-28 students in a classroom.
Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord noted it does cost more to have lower class sizes.
Various positions were highlighted including school resource officers.
Currently, the district pays 100 percent of the cost for SROs, which includes salary, benefits, car, uniform, gun, and training.
"Currently, we pay 100 percent for resource officers, which is unheard of," he said. "We pay 100 percent for nine months of work."
During holidays, summertime, weekends - SROs work with their respective agencies.

Marlboro Academy students are named winners in national handwriting contest

  • 28 March 2019
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Marlboro Academy students are named winners in national handwriting contest

Two Marlboro Academy students have been named South Carolina’s second and fourth grade winners in the 2019 Zaner-Bloser’s National Handwriting Contest.
Paisley Ann Stillwell of McColl, a second grade student; and Emilie Riedeburg a fourth grade student of Bennettsville have been named South Carolina’s winners for private schools in the contest.
Now in its 28th year, the contest gives students in kindergarten through eighth grade the chance to showcase and receive recognition for their handwriting skills in manuscript or cursive. Contest judges use the Zaner-Bloser “Keys to Legibility: Size, Shape, Spacing and Slant” to evaluate the entries. Students in kindergarten through second grade compete in the manuscript handwriting category, while students in third through eighth grade compete with cursive handwriting.

MWE chosen as pilot for state initiative

  • 21 March 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marian Wright Edelman Public Library has been chosen as one of two libraries in the state to pilot the Family Place Library initiative.
The primary objective of a Family Place workshop is to serve the family as a unit and to assist parents in their role as primary educators for their young children. 
In addition to MWE, the Charleston County libraries were chosen to pilot the initiative.
MWE Director Bobbie Grooms said the designation is important because according to kidscount.org, 36.1 percent of third graders in the county are testing below reading level. 
She noted by 8th grade, 57 percent of all children in Marlboro County are testing below reading level. 

Council approves budget amendment for EMS department

  • 14 March 2019
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Council approves budget amendment for EMS department

The implementation of a county-funded and operated Emergency Medical Services department continues to make progress as the Marlboro County Council approved an operating budget of $2.7 million at Tuesday's meeting.
County Administrator Ron Munnerlyn explained the resolution which amended the 2018-19 budget to establish an enterprise fund and capital and expenses budget for EMS.
"As we get closer and closer to actually having ambulances running, we are taking care of a lot of details and finetuning the financial part of this," he said.
This budget includes money for the current EMS provider Marlboro Rescue and $1.2 million in capital outlay for ambulances, other equipment and needs.
Revenues for the budget included dedicated millage, $1.1 million; Marlboro County General Hospital Charity Trust, $300,000; lease purchase proceeds $850,000; and transfer from other fund reserves $500,000.
The 2019-20 projected budget was provided to show that a county-operated EMS will cost $3 million annually.
Munnerlyn noted the budget will include the dedicated millage and expected to receive about $1.3 million from billing and insurance companies for the service.
The first ambulance has been delivered and was parked beside the administration building for the council to see.
Northeastern Technical College campus site on Marlboro Street will be the EMS headquarters site. It is part of a swap with NETC.

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