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Wednesday
Jul272011

County Awarded Federal Funds for Food, Shelter Programs

Anderson County has been chosen to receive $88,618 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. 

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Carol Burdette or Kathy Masters, United Way of Anderson County, PO Box 2067, Anderson, SC  29622 or call 864-226-3438 to request an application.  The deadline for applications to be received at the United Way office (907 N Main Street, Suite 202) is 4:00 pm on Friday, August 5, 2011.

Wednesday
Jul272011

Council Calls Meeting Today to Ratify Grant

Anderson County Council has called a meeting today at 5:30 p.m. in the historic courthouse to ratify the S.C. Energy Grant for Bosch and AFCO. The public is invited.

Tuesday
Jul262011

Lakeside Teacher Earns Scholarship to Science Institute  

Mary Resa, a math teacher at Lakeside Middle School of Inquiry and Innovation, a STEM School, recently participated in the 35th annual SECME Summer Institute with the help of a $3,000 DuPont Scholarship.

SECME’s Summer Institute is the only professional development institute dedicated to bringing K-12 educators, university faculty, and industry and government experts together to contribute unique perspectives on equity and inclusion initiatives with a focus on "learning and doing science, technology, engineering, and math."

SECME’s Summer Institute is committed to advancing STEM hands-on, standards-based teaching strategies, to providing cutting-edge learning and teaching experiences, to sharing best practice and research innovations, to encouraging networking with like-minded pipeline partners, and to supporting classroom teachers with year-long follow-up mentoring. This year’s Summer Institute was held June 19-26 at The University of Alabama–Tuscaloosa.

Tuesday
Jul262011

Midway's Bradshaw Named to CERRA Board

Sandra Bradshaw, Gifted/STEM Teacher Leader at Midway Elementary School of Science and Engineering, is one of 10 South Carolina educators recently selected to serve on the CERRA Advisory Board.

The Board is an advisory group that supports the state's Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA). The 35-member advisory board provides a teacher voice to the vision and direction of the nation's oldest and most-established teacher recruitment organization.

Educators selected to serve represent the diverse membership and perspectives of CERRA and ensure a diverse leadership of the advisory board. Each member is asked to demonstrate individual and team commitment by providing leadership of the organization through presentations, writing, mentoring, and advocating for the education profession across the state.

AS Gifted/STEM Teacher Leader, Mrs. Bradshaw teaches engineering classes to fourth and fifth graders while also coaching teachers in science and other academic areas. 

Mrs. Bradshaw is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) with 28 years of teaching experience. She has taught at both the elementary and middle school levels and has served on numerous district-level teams. She is currently the STEM Professional Development Leader for District Five. Since 2003, she has been at Midway Elementary School of Science and Engineering. From 2007-2009, Bradshaw was the school's Science Specialist.

Monday
Jul252011

Immigration Official to Visit Anderson Friday

A representative from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) will be in Anderson on Friday, July 29, to provide a briefing for Anderson County employers on the recently revised state immigration law, and to conduct a demonstration on the U. S. Dept. of Homeland Security's E-Verify system. 

The session will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Anderson County Public Library.  All employers are invited to attend.

The SC Legislature in June amended the "Illegal Aliens and Private Employment" law to require that every employer verify their new hires through E-Verify beginning January 1, 2012.  Employers who fail to enroll in E-Verify and verify their new hires through E-Verify can lose their business licenses.  The SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation is charged with conducting random audits of employers to assure compliance. 

For more information, contact Jim Knight with the Dept. of LLR at knightj@llr.sc.gov<mailto:knightj@llr.sc.gov>.

Sunday
Jul242011

Dist. 5 Posts Top PASS Scores

The results of this year’s PASS test show steady improvement in the percentage of District Five students scoring “Exemplary,” the highest level possible on the test.

In several grades, the District posted its highest numbers ever in the three years the statewide test has been administered. For instance, the percentage of Third Grade students and Seventh Grade students who scored “Exemplary,” the highest level possible on the PASS test, was the highest ever in all four subject areas tested – English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Science and Social Studies. 

The District’s Fourth Grade had the largest ever percentage of students scoring Exemplary in ELA and Math. Likewise, Fifth Grade Math and Science, Sixth Grade ELA and Social Studies, and Eighth Grade ELA and Science posted their highest percentages in the three years of PASS testing.

The test was administered to students in grades 3 through 8 in four subjects: English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. A fifth subject, Writing, was tested in grades 5 and 8 only.  

The test shows the District’s strongest areas are Science and Social Studies. For example, District Five, a total of 29.6 percent of District Five students scored Exemplary in Science, which ranks the District 7th out of the state’s 86 school districts. A total of 43.3 percent of District Five students scored Exemplary in Social Studies, which also ranks the district 7th out of 86 districts.

PASS has three scoring levels:

  •  Exemplary – The student demonstrated exemplary performance in meeting the grade level standard. 
  •  Met – The student met the grade-level standard.
  •  Not met – The student did not meet the grade-level standard.

The PASS numbers show that the District generally increased the percentage of students meeting standards or scoring Exemplary in the four subjects tested in grades 3-8.  The sole exception came in the percentage of students passing ELA, which remained flat this year, although the District saw a slight increase in the percentage of students who scored Exemplary in ELA this year. 

“We want to congratulate our students, parents and teachers on their hard work and success as reflected in this important measure of academic achievement,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. 

“These scores are a valuable tool for analyzing the subject areas where our students are strongest, as well as the areas where we need to focus extra attention,” she said. “While we are pleased at the progress our students have made, our goal is to use the PASS data to help make all of our students successful in all five subject areas. There’s still a lot of work to do.” 

The state’s current accountability test, PASS was first administered during the 2008-2009 school year.  Last year, the State Board of Education adopted standards proposed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative in the subjects of English language arts, writing and mathematics.  This decision will require the adoption of a new accountability test beginning in the 2014-2015 school year for these subjects and could be administered to most students by computer.

Wednesday
Jul202011

T.L. Hanna Registration Dates Announced

Registration for rising 9th graders at T.L. Hanna High School will be held Monday, August 8 from - a.m. to - 4 p.m. Registration for other grades will follow according to this schedule:

Tuesday, August 9 - 10th Grade Registration Day 

Wednesday, August 10 - 11th Grade Registration Day 

Friday, August 12 - 12th Grade Registration Day

In addition, Monday, August 15 will be a make-up Registration Day for any students who missed the other registration days.

On each of the Registration Days, students should report at these times, assigned by the first letter of their first name: A-F (8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.); G-L (10:30 a.m.-Noon); M-S (1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.); T-Z (2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.) 

At registration, students will pay fees, sign up for travel among campuses, check out textbooks, sign up for Parent Portal, and have yearbook pictures made.

Wednesday
Jul202011

Westside Registration Scheduled

Registration for rising 9th and 10th graders at Westside High School will be held Monday, August 1 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rising 11th and 12th graders will register on Wednesday, August 3 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Both registrations will be held in the Commons Area of the school. 

On registration day students and parents will be able to pick up schedules, pay material fees, make ID pictures, take yearbook pictures, join the PTA and/or Booster Clubs, sign up for Parent Portal, sign up for parent e-mails, and tour the school at their leisure. There will be informational meetings about the Ninth Grade Academy held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the downstairs AV room on August 1 only. 

Wednesday
Jul202011

Cancer Association Receives Gift

Fred Foster, publisher emeritus of the Anderson Independent Mail, presented a $1,000 check to Kathryn Smith, executive director of CAA, on behalf of the Scripps Howard Foundation on July 20. Foster was a founding board member of  CAA, and obtained the grant from the newspaper's parent company foundation to support repairs and improvements on the CAA office building, located in a 100-year-old former home. The facelift includes painting, new windows to replace broken panes; interior paint; and a new kitchen floor. 

Wednesday
Jul202011

Council Planning and Public Works Committee Meeting Thursday

The Planning and Public Works Committee Meeting of Anderson County will meet Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the Roads & Bridges Conference Room, 735 Michelin Boulevard, Anderson.

Tuesday
Jul192011

Electrolux Boosts Investment in Anderson

The Anderson County Council is pleased to announce that Electrolux Major Appliances, North America (EMA-NA). will expand its operations in Anderson County. Over the next five years, the company plans to invest $48 million, with that investment potentially topping $65 million over the next ten years. Additionally, their investment will create 12-14 new, high-tech, engineering jobs.

“We appreciate the support of Anderson County in making this new investment possible,” said Joon So, EMA-NA General Manager for Cold Products. “The investment allows us to continue improving our products and to increase manufacturing efficiency in this very competitive market segment.”

The company will improve its operation in Anderson by upgrading the manufacturing facility with building modifications, new equipment and test facilities. This investment will allow Electrolux Home Products to enhance its products and manufacturing operations in the refrigeration segment.  

“We are proud of our existing industries in Anderson County and make it a priority to assist with their growth projects. This investment being made by Electrolux demonstrates the company’s confidence in our community and our workforce,” said William O’Dell, SC State Senator.

“We are thrilled to welcome this investment by Electrolux and thankful to them for providing the much needed jobs for our citizens. Electrolux is a valued member of the Anderson County industrial family and a vital member of our business community.  The county council is working diligently to encourage this type of growth,” said Anderson County Councilman Eddie Moore. 

“Electrolux has long been an exemplary corporate citizen of the County,” said Anderson County Economic Development Director Burriss Nelson. “The company is already a major investor and employer in the County, with existing investments in excess of Two Hundred Million Dollars and a current workforce in excess of 1,800 employees. Their investments go far beyond monetary; they also engage in community improving activities, and continue to invest in the community.” 

“This announcement sustains the company’s position as a vital corporate citizen in Anderson County,” said Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “South Carolina’s business friendly atmosphere continues to present opportunities; the growth of Electrolux is another sign that resourceful, effective companies can be successful here despite a challenging economy.” 

“This announcement evidences the quality and commitment of Anderson County staff and Council,” said County Administrator Rusty Burns. “I want to personally thank the Economic Development staff for spearheading this effort and making this announcement possible. Expansion of our existing industries demonstrates Anderson County’s commitment to creating an environment that helps industry flourish  

Monday
Jul182011

South Carolina’s Sales Tax Holiday August 5 –7  

South Carolina’s 12th annual Sales Tax Holiday weekend will begin Friday, August 5, 2011 at 12:01 a.m. and will continue through the weekend until Sunday, August 7, 2011 at midnight.

During this popular three-day tax free weekend, the 6% state sales and use tax and any applicable local option taxes will be lifted on traditional back-to-school items. Such items include clothing, clothing accessories, shoes, school supplies, computers, printers, blankets, bedspreads and linens, bath cloths, bath towels, bath rugs and mats, shower curtains, pillows and pillow cases.

The sales tax holiday does not apply to sales of jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, wallets, watches, rental of clothing or shoes, furniture, items for use in a business or items placed on layaway.

The popularity of the Sales Tax Holiday weekend has made it the third busiest shopping period of the year, surpassed only by the weekend after Thanksgiving and the weekend before Christmas.

 For more information about the Sales Tax Holiday, visit www.sctax.org under the “What’s New” section. 

Monday
Jul182011

Council to Look at Traffic Impact Study; Meeting at Wren

Anderson County Council will vote on third reading ordinances on a traffic impact study, county employee vehicle use and county employee computer useage as part of Tuesday night's meeting this week. Full Agena Here

This week's meeting will be held at Wren High School, 905 Wren School Road, in Peidmont. The public is invited.