News Briefs 5-20-10

Report Made To Latta
School Board At Meeting
At the May meeting of the Latta School Board, Esther Rogers reported the following:
– The district had received an All Clear for accreditation for the 2009-2010 school year for the district operations.
– Latta Elementary School is a Silver Award Recipient for general performance in the 2009-10 Silver Awards Program.
– Latta High School is a recipient of the Gold Award for making substantial progress in closing achievement gaps in the 2009-10 Palmetto Gold Awards Program.
– Latta High School qualifies for flexibility through deregulation for the 2010-11 school year.

Personnel Matters Taken
Up At Latta Meeting
At the May meeting of the Latta School Board, upon Dr. John Kirby’s recommendation, a motion to approve the hiring of Kelly May, Maria Blair, Shannon Walker-Silvey, Sara Calhoun and Dean Parker and accept the resignations of Ronnie Carter and Deborah Manning was made by Trustee Eddie Watson and seconded by Trustee Edward Bethea. Vote was unanimous.

First Reading Of Latta
School Budget Approved
After discussion, a motion was made by Trustee Kenneth Kitts and seconded by Trustee Edward Bethea to accept as first reading the 2010-2011 general operations budget of the Latta schools, as presented by Barbara Smith. Vote was unanimous.

Mt. Pelier Youth
To Hold Program
Mt. Pelier’s Youth will sponsor the 5th Sunday Program on May 30th at 11:00 a.m. Our Guest speaker will be Minister Denicia Ratley, The daughter of Oscar and Lula Ratley of Rowland N.C. Everyone is cordially invited.

Mt. Pelier Youth
Need Video Votes
Mt. Pelier youth needs your votes.
Please go to to view their video (I’m a Believer) and vote for them by June 7. For more information, please contact Joyce Peay 910-422-3863 or 336-358-2515.
This project is sponsored by Presbyterian Church USA.
Mt. Pelier Presbyterian Church is located in Rowland, North Carolina.

Naming of Animal
Shelter On County
Council Agenda
A request for the naming of the Dillon County Animal Shelter was on the Dillon County Council agenda last month. A group wants to name the shelter in memory of Dr. Kenneth Huggins. No one appeared to speak on the request. The issue was tabled.

Permission To Apply
For Funds For
Library Granted
Library Director Yolanda McCormick appeared before the Dillon County Council recently to ask for permission to apply for $500,000 in ARRA (Recovery Act) funds to renovate, expand and improve the main library in Dillon.
McCormick said Dillon County must be the grant applicants, and the Dillon County Council, the Dillon County Library, the County Administrator and the County Attorney must be on board.
The grant may require a match which McCormick said they hope to match with other sources than county sources.
McCormick said they would like to involve the community in the renovation project and plan to work with county officials, the library board, and the community in the plan for renovation. Some of the things that McCormick would like to see done includes adding square footage, repair/replacement of the roof, painting of the building inside and out, and resurfacing the parking lot.
McCormick said that since they are one system when one library benefits all libraries benefit.
Upon a motion by Councilman Archie Scott and a second by Councilman Harold Moody, the council approved a motion to support the library director to seek finances to achieve the proposal.

Pee Dee Workforce
Investment Board
Appointments Made
Te Dillon County Council approved the appointment of Ernie Barrentine to the Pee Dee Workforce Investment Board to replace Sylvia Brown. Jeanette Freitas was also reappointed to the board.

School Renewal
Plans Presented
At the April meeting of the Dillon District Two School Board, all six schools were represented to provide board members with information on their new five year school renewal plan.
A motion to accept the annual updated School Renewal Plans was made by Trustee Alex Lewis with a second from Trustee Robert Thompson. All approved.
Also, Lynn Liebenrood, Director of Accountability and Assessment, presented the new five year District Strategic Plan for the Board’s approval.
A motion to approve the District Strategic Plan update was made by Trustee Ethel Taylor with a second from Trustee Robert Thompson. All approved.

District Two
Policies Approved
Dr. Polly Elkins, Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Personnel, presented the following policies for the Board’s approval: EBBA-Prevention of Disease/ Infection Transmission, GBGA-Staff Health, IHAM- Health Education, JLCC- Communicable/Infections Disease, GBEB-Staff Conduct/Procedures, GBEBB-Staff Conduct with Students/Procedures and GBEBB-R- Staff Conduct with Students/Procedures.
A motion to approve the above policies was made by Joe Rogers with a second from Burt Rogers. All members approved.
This was the second reading. They were approved at the April meeting.

District Two Board
Approves 2010-11
School Calendar
The 2010-2011 School Calendar was presented for the Dillon District Two Board’s approval.
A motion to approve the 2010-2011 school calendar was made by Trustee Ethel Taylor with a second from Trustee Joe Rogers.
All members approved.

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