Lexington County School District One • Issue 136 • April 16, 2021
LTC’s Bryce Myers named Career and Technical Administrator of the Year
The South Carolina Association of School Administrators named Bryce Myers, director of the Lexington Technology Center, the 2021 South Carolina Career and Technical Administrator of the Year.
Myers has spent 20 years as a teacher and administrator. During his tenure as LTC director, he increased the credibility and acceptance of career and technical education (CTE) as a valuable supplement to the traditional four-year track.
At the April 13, 2021 meeting of the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, the board passed a 2020–2021 employee step increase for all eligible permanent employees and a related amendment to the 2020–2021 general fund budget.
The board heard Chief Operations Officer Jeff Salters’ recommendation to award all eligible permanent employees a step increase for this current year, the 2020–2021 year. After legislators passed a joint resolution, H.3609, to restore teacher step increases.
Salters pointed out that the final Act (Act 3) requires districts to provide the step to teachers if they were fulfilling their 2020–2021 contractual requirements as of March 1, 2021. The district, however, recommended providing a step increase for all permanent employees who met the same criteria required for teachers. All employees have worked hard and shown continued flexibility during this unprecedented time.
To some degree, the approximate cost to the district (approximately $3.6 million) will be offset by the state’s money (approximately $1.6 million) to cover the state portion of the teacher step increases. Lexington District One plans to fund the district’s net cost of $2 million with $1.7 million left from the 2019–2020 fiscal year surplus after giving employees the one-time payment approved by the board on Dec. 1, 2020. District leaders are confident there will be a sufficient 2020–2021 fiscal year surplus to cover the remaining $0.3 million.
Accordingly, the board voted to amend the 2020–2021 general fund budget to provide the 2020–2021 employee step increase for all eligible permanent employees.
CSMS principal honored for equity work
Carolina Springs Middle School Principal Brice L.S. Cockfield, ED.D. recently received recognition for his devoted work to promote equity in education. The American Consortium for Equity in Education named him a “Champion of Equity.”
The honor recognizes educators who are innovative leaders pursuing equity for all students. Cockfield was spotlighted in the organization’s Equity & Access PreK–12 publication.
We highlight honors and achievements in this section of Inside Voice.
GHS students reel in another title
Two Gilbert High School students won the 2021 South Carolina BASS Federation’s High School State Championship, earning them a chance to compete for their second national title. GHS Senior Tucker Veronee and Junior Landon W. Gramling beat dozens of teams from across the state to claim the state title.
At the end of June, they will fish in the national competition held at Lake Hartwell.
The pair previously won the Student Angler Federation 2020 High School Fishing World Finals held on the Mississippi River in Wisconsin last summer. They received more than $285,000 in prize money and scholarship offers.
Veronee and Gramling began competitive fishing together almost four years ago.
For those individuals unable to attend a Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees meeting, we upload a video of the entire meeting to our YouTube channel on board meeting night and on our LexOne Video website the next day.
After the meeting, we also provide interactive agendas. There you can easily find video of the specific presentation or item that interests you without scrolling through video of the entire meeting.
Click here for a recap of the April 13, 2021 Board Meeting.
Thought you’d like to know
Brynleigh Grace McChesney was born on March 12, 2021, to WKHS Special Education Teacher Rebecca McChesney.
Griffin Scott Sneed was born on April 1, 2021. He is the son of LMS Sixth Grade Language Arts Teacher Natalie Sneed.
With our sympathy
Bennett Humphries, grandfather of PMS Eighth Grade Language Arts Teacher Rachel Martin, passed away March 30, 2021. The funeral took place April 3 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Dale Palmer, a Lexington District One retiree and husband of Lexington District One retiree Mary Jane Palmer, passed away April 4, 2021. The funeral took place April 13 in Leesville.
We extend our sympathy to these families.
Lexington County School District One employees can now submit information regarding critical events in their lives or the lives of their co-workers, such as births, marriages and deaths. To submit a birth, marriage or death announcement, employees should complete this form.
April 19, 2021
High School Face-to-face Shifts to Five Days a Week
May 31, 2021
Holiday — No School for Students and Staff
June 8, 2021
Pelion High Graduation 8:00 a.m.
June 9, 2021
Gilbert High Graduation 8:00 a.m.
End of Second Semester
Last Day for Students
Half Day for Students
Elementary Schools dismiss at 11:40 a.m.
Middle and High Schools dismiss at 12:40 p.m.
June 10, 2021
White Knoll High Graduation 8:00 a.m.
June 11, 2021
Lexington High Graduation 8:00 a.m.
June 10–11, 2021
Teacher Work Days — No School for Students
June 12, 2021
River Bluff High Graduation 8:00 a.m.
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