Marlboro County Board of Education voted 5-1-1 on Monday evening to have a forensic audit of the 2018 $10 million bond referendum completed.
Board member Katherine Manville made the motion with Vice Chairman Michael Coachman seconding it.
Vice Chairman Michael Coachman and board members Jackie Branch, Macky Norton, Manville, and Nan Fleming voted yes. Board member Rev. James Smith voted no and Chairman Larry McNeil abstained.
Board Secretary Janice Bright and member Danny Driggers were not present for the vote.
Later in the meeting, Branch asked McNeil and Coachman to select three firms to use for the forensic audit and bring to the board for approval.
McNeil said they would meet with the board attorneys to get it done.
In other business, the board of education members:
— approved four new hires.
— approved Smith as the delegate to the S.C. School Boards Association 2020 Delegate Assembly. Fleming was named the alternate.
— approved a waiver for tuition for a family in a neighboring county to enroll their child in the school district for the fall semester.
— approved 5-1-1 first reading of policy ADD-Face Covering to allow the administration to require all students, staff members, and visitors to wear a face covering in public settings. Branch voted no and Fleming abstained.
— approved 7-1 first reading of administrative rule EEA-R Student Transportation to allow the administration to implement procedures to ensure safe student transportation. Fleming abstained.
— approved 7-1 first reading of administrative rule JE-R Student Attendance to allow the administration to implement procedures to ensure student attendance is maintained during the pandemic, absences are recorded, and truancy is reported in accordance with Policy JH- Student Absences and Excuses. Fleming abstained.
— approved 8-0 first reading of administrative rule EB-R Maintaining Healthy Environments to allow the administration to implement procedures to ensure that facilities and other infrastructure are maintained during the pandemic.
— approved 7-1 tabling discussion on policies and administrative rules GDQA Support Staff Furlough and Reduction in Force, GDB Support Staff Contracts and Compensation; and GCQA/GCQB Instructional Staff/Administrative Staff Furlough and Reduction in Force. Branch voted no.
— adopted 7-1 temporary administrative rule KI-R Visitors to School Facilities and KI-E Facility notice to block access for nonessential visitors to school buildings before, during, or after the school day during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Fleming abstained on both.
— adopted the temporary administrative rule IHA-R Opt-Out of On-site Instruction and the Opt-Out Form IHA-E to allow the administration to work with parents/legal guardians who opt-out of on-site instruction.
— learned there are nine certified staff and two classified vacancies.
— learned as of Aug. 3, 48 certified, and 13 classified staff have been hired.
— learned the district had expended, as of Aug. 31, $3,835,553.47 of a $34,818,102 budget or 12 percent of the budget.
The members of Marlboro County Board of Education met for a few hours on Sept. 12 to begin board policy manual revisions.
These workshops will be ongoing in updating the manual. The board is being assisted by the S.C. School Board Association.
“We are finding out it will be a tenuous job to get it done,” said Board Chairman Larry McNeil.
These policies will be voted on in the future.