BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SOUTH CAROLINA WHITMORE WCHOOL
510 Lexington Ave
Chapin, SC 29036
September 18, 2013
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Morrison at 9:30 am.
Christopher McClure (by telephone), Richard Morrison, Pamela Phillips, William Robinson; Also present Ellen Ray, Principal, John Loveday, Assistant Principal, William Moser (presenter, part-time), Michelle Bishop, Compliance coordinator (presenter, part-time), Stephanie Mitchel, Director of Operations (presenter, part-time).
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
The minutes of the meeting of June 8, 2013 were approved as submitted.
INTRODUCTION OF NEW STAFF:
Members of the Board of Directors were given a complete tour of the School’s new office building, and new members of the staff were introduced.
FY 13 BUDGET UPDATE AND REVIEW:
Mr. William Moser presented budget data for the current fiscal year – attached to the record copy of these minutes as Appendix A – and modifications of the FY 2014 operating budget – attached to the record copy of these minutes as Appendix B. These were accepted by the Board as presented. Mr. Moser also observed that ownership of the 510 Lexington Avenue building would enable the preparation of a balance sheet.
SPECIAL EDUCATION UPDATE:
Ms. Michelle Bishop, Compliance Coordinator, reported that there were thirty one students whose circumstances necessitated Special Education services. Seventeen of these were new students and three more are expected to be enrolled shortly.
Mrs. Ray stated that the School had begun this academic year with 190 students, as compared to 112 this time last year. Current enrollment is 211, with 52 more now in the enrollment process. She expressed confidence that the expected number of 350 students would be achieved before the middle of the academic year.
Mr. John Loveday, recently appointed Assistant Principal, described his work supervising faculty members. He described in detail the “End of Course Test” (EOC) data analysis for U.S. History, English I, Algebra I, and Biology. He did the same for the High School Aptitude Placement Test (HSAP) data. In each and every case, substantial improvement has occurred. The detailed materials Mr. Loveday presented are filed with the record copy of these minutes as Appendix C.
Mrs. Ray noted improvement in graduation rates and the percentage of students attending testing.
Dr. Morrison made note that, due to the fine efforts of faculty and staff, as of September 1st of this year the School is no longer on probation.
Mrs. Mitchell reported a new marketing effort, it being the use of a 30 second commercial, one of eight -during the now customary series of such in offices of the Department of Motor Vehicles, and which are shown four times an hour. The contracts are exclusive, that is, if our School advertises in DMV offices, no other school may do so. Since students of high school age must, of necessity, visit a DMV office to obtain a driver’s license, she believes the opportunity was excellent. The Board agreed and encouraged such marketing efforts.
Mmes. Ray and Mitchell and Messrs. McClure and Morrison mentioned continuing contact with potential Board members.
Board adjourned at 11:40 pm and agreed to meet again on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, or at the call of the Chair.
William T. Robinson