NINETY SIX, SC – The District 52 Board of Trustees received updates concerning technology and activities in which students at Edgewood Middle School and Ninety Six High School are interested.
After performances by both the Ninety Six Elementary School Honors Chorus and the Wildcat Marching Band, the Top Cats for the month were recognized. From Ninety Six Primary School, Denna Inman was recognized for her volunteer work and Stacy Sargent was recognized for her work with Good News Club after school program. Coach Charlie Floyd was recognized from Edgewood Middle School and Coach Beth Miller was recognized from Ninety Six High School in addition to the Wildcat Marching Band. The District recognized assistant superintendent Rhonda McDowell for her work with Title I and Title II visits.
Dr. Mark Petersen updated the board on student interests. The interest survey was conducted to gauge interest in a number of activities, namely competitive cheerleading. At the November meeting, a parent made a presentation to the board concerning competitive cheerleading and told the board she felt that the current coach at the high school level, Cathy Belcher, was causing girls to regress instead of progress in their cheerleading skills. She also told the board that the middle school coach, Stephanie Lake, should be moved to the high school level to coach the competitive cheer team. 132 girls and 5 boys were interested in the program in grades 6-12. Dr. Petersen noted that 99 students were interested in a JROTC program. The district is also exploring what it would take to start a JROTC program.
Jennifer Madden, director of technology for the district, gave the board an update on new technology implemented throughout the district. Madden along with Bob Redding, a private contractor, told the board that the district had a state-of-the-art network. They noted that the district was previously on a local area network and has been moved to a more appropriate wide area network that allows all the schools to be connected yet remain separated.
The meeting ended with an executive session to consider student discipline and personnel matters.