Aiken County School Board will learn more about new school report cards

November 26, 2018

The Aiken County School Board will hear a presentation on the state’s 2018 accountability legislation and report cards at its regular meeting Tuesday.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 at Ridge Spring-Monetta High School at 10 J.P. Kneece Drive in Monetta.

Melanie Barton, the executive director of the S.C. Education Oversight Committee, will make the presentation. The new school report cards are expected to be released Thursday.

Under individual items, the board will hear bids for the construction of the addition to the new Graniteville Elementary School, which previously housed the Byrd Learning Center.

R.W. Allen Construction LLC submitted the lowest bid of $5.6 million of three vendors. The school is expected to open in August 2019.

Funds would come the Five-Year Facility Improvement Plan Cyclic Maintenance for 2018-19.

Under consent items, the board will hear bids for the 2019 replacement of bleachers at Aiken Middle, Kennedy Middle and Silver Bluff High.

MasterCraft Renovation Systems LLC submitted a base bid of $122,425 for Aiken Middle. Haldeman Homme Inc. submitted a base bid of $43,392.65 for Kennedy Middle and a base bid of $96,125.58 for Silver Bluff High.

In other business, the board will consider the submission of grants from the S.C. Department of Education’s National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance program to buy cafeteria equipment for Langley-Bath-Clearwater Middle, Oakwood-Windsor Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, J.D. Lever Elementary, Clearwater Elementary and Aiken Elementary.

The board will consider submission of an S.C. Community Block Grant for Education Pilot Program. The purpose is to improve children’s readiness for kindergarten by enhancing the quality of prekindergarten programs for 4-year-old children, according to the agenda.

The board also will consider a $150,000 donation from MTU America to give students “hands-on experience working with one of the most advanced diesel engines in the world,” according to the agenda.

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