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4/16/2013 3:00:00 AM
School Board approves preliminary budget
Greenwood School District 50 Superintendant Darrell Johnson speaks at Monday's meeting.
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Greenwood School District 50 Superintendant Darrell Johnson speaks at Monday's meeting.

Jacob Lethco
Staff Writer

The Greenwood District 50 School Board of Trustees met in a two and a half hour meeting Monday night, with the primary business at hand being the budget for the 2013-2014 school year.

According to Dr. Gary Johnson, the budgets for the Russell Career Center and District 50 both decreased. The preliminary budget proposed for Greenwood School District 50 is set at $58,311,390, a .6 decrease from the previous year. The Russell Career Center will operate under a proposed budget of $2,655,488. The preliminary budgets were unanimously approved by the District 50 Board of Trustees. The budget will be finalized by June, according to Johnson.

Also approved was the district facility plan, which deals with various renovations and accommodations that will be made in the future of Greenwood School District 50. According to Johnson, four changes will be made to facilities during the 2013-2014 school year. Greenwood High School will receive new stage curtains, an upgrade in instructional technology and Greenwood School District 50 will receive a new activity bus. A new P.E. Gym, with new sew seating, will also be built. Johnson explained that up to $1.8 million will be provided to spend on these projects. Each project should be completed within first year, with the gym construction being considered a two year project. The Board of Trustees approved the district facility plan, with an 8-1 vote.

In other business, a change in class schedule for students will take place during the 2014-2015 school year. Students will move from a 4x4, block style schedule, to a seven period per day schedule.

Also discussed at the meeting were plans for the SC Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Summer Camp. According to Pat Ross, 100 rising seventh and eighth graders from Greenwood County will have the opportunity to attend the project based camp. The free camp, which will take place from June 24-27, will give participants hands on exposure in various fields, including computer science, technology and entrepreneurship through team based projects.

 60 Greenwood School District 50 students were recognized for their academic accomplishments. 54 students from  Northside Middle School, Brewer Middle School, and Westside Middle School were named junior scholars, and six students were state Duke Tip recipients. Emerald High School sophomore Gage Cervenka was also recognized for his accomplishments as a wrestler. The sophomore recently won state and national heavyweight wrestling championships. He is not a two-time state and national champion.

“We are very proud of these young people,” Greenwood School District 50 Superintendant Darrell Johnson said. “They have worked very hard for their accomplishments.”

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