The Sumter County Board of Training held their common assembly on Thursday, April 14, 2022, within the boardroom at 100 Studying Lane. Superintendent Walter Knighton gave a number of factors of knowledge for the BOE and neighborhood to think about. He congratulated the colleges on their efforts to mitigate the unfold of COVID as the info is reporting solely minimal affect over the previous three weeks. In whole, solely 38 college students needed to be quarantined. Through the 2020-21 tutorial yr, the Americus-Sumter County Excessive College reported at the least a 25% development of superior placement college students. Due to this reported development, the Georgia Division of Training designated the varsity as an Superior Placement Growth College. This information obtained a spherical of applause. Enrollment has elevated from 3,580 to three,643 and Knighton studies being “glad and completely satisfied to see the numbers going up” and additional thanked those that trusted Sumter County Colleges (SCS) to coach college students. In an after-school tutorial program which started in February and is anticipated to undergo August, 818 college students participated by being current and 33 participated nearly. Progress Reviews are accomplished and Knighton offered the standings of these grades. Studying noticed a 79% go price, English Language Arts noticed a 79% go price, 74% are passing math, and 78% are passing science. Closing grades within the topics can be decided with a report card. As a method to offer high quality assurance the varsity observes classroom instruction. After observing 150 lessons from January to April of 2022, Knighton studies 93% implement a scholar technique, 80% clarified studying goal, 89% present direct instruction and 85% keep instruction readability.
The Georgia Division of Training (DOE) supplies testing which signifies if the coed is beneath, on or above grade stage. Whereas SCS studies knowledge they collect, the Georgia Division of Training additionally supplies testing for all 159 Georgia counties. Knighton reported on what on the DOE found. In American literature, 68% of scholars have been assembly the minimal grade stage necessities. In biology, 62% of scholars have been assembly the objective. In algebra, 50% have been capable of carry out on grade stage and in historical past 50% of scholars met the minimal necessities.
The BOE voted unanimously on a number of objects. Sumter County Colleges will proceed to function as a “strategic waiver” college. Additionally they agreed to take part in a program which would offer helps to recognized college students who would profit. All the monetary studies have been authorized. One of many items of knowledge the monetary report covers is the ESPLOST tax, which is a gross sales tax anybody in Sumter County pays when buying items. The quantity of the tax is indicative of the quantity of gross sales that are going down with the county. ESPLOST additionally supplies a method for our BOE to obtain funds with out elevating property tax. Since it isn’t a property tax, however slightly primarily based on gross sales of products, everybody, no matter property possession pays into the fund. Along with it not burdening property house owners solely, it additionally permits for out of county individuals to pay right into a fund which straight impacts our faculty system. For the month of March, roughly $400,000 was collected. The rolling common for collected ESPLOST is roughly $359,000. ESPLOST cash is designated to pay for the brand new highschool. Two new insurance policies have been authorized. Beneath the property motion, two buses have been declared surplus.
In enterprise exterior of committees, the BOE authorized a number of contracts and Memorandums of Understanding. One was between the BOE and Ignite Faculty and Profession Academy, Payroll Improvement Authority, One Sumter, South Georgia Tech, Georgia Southwestern and the Chamber of Commerce. One other included Albany Space Major Well being in addition to Head Begin. A number of fiscal incentives have been authorized to incorporate Governor Kemp’s initiative for lecturers, a SCS incentive for substitute lecturers and nicely because the lecturers offering tutorial helps. After government session the BOE agreed to make use of the identical insurance coverage firm to offer workman’s compensation insurance coverage. The compensation claims had been a subject of previous board conferences because the claims have been excessive which was inflicting the insurance coverage coverage to be excessive. Rick Barnes studies the claims have lowered and hopes the tradition of security is rising stronger. Regardless of the reducing variety of claims, the insurance coverage did enhance over 6%.
After government session, the BOE authorized the personnel suggestions to approve 4 retirements, 18 resignations, one rescindment of a job supply, 5 transfers, 17 hires, one long-term sub rent and 5 household medical leaves. Additionally authorized have been the 2022-23 trainer and administrative suggestions.
This assembly together with previous conferences are archived on the Sumter County Colleges’ Fb web page of the identical title. BOE conferences are open to the general public and settle for public remark. The are situated on the central workplace at 100 Studying Lane. They happen the primary Monday and Thursday of the month. The following assembly can be Could 2, 2022, at 6pm.