Orangeburg County School District students between the ages of 5 and 11 can get the coronavirus vaccine.
Vaccines are available at Edisto Elementary, Mellichamp Elementary and Holly Hill Elementary on Saturday, February 19 from 10am to 2pm
The district will work with the SC Department of Education to provide the vaccines.
School officials say about 85% of parents responded to a district-wide survey and indicated they would like their children vaccinated.
Pupils from the age of 12 can also be vaccinated in the clinics.
The trustees voted 5 to 3, with 1 abstention, to continue negotiations with ABM Buildings Solutions LLC of Alpharetta, Georgia, to complete a school energy efficiency improvement contract.
The resolution does not obligate the school district to proceed with the contract until all funding and legal terms are completed.
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Trustees RL “Poppy” Brown, Betty Pelzer, Vice Chair Dr. Debora Brunson, Peggy James-Tyler and Chairwoman Ruby Edwards voted in favour. dr Sylvia Bruce Stephens, Dr. William O’Quinn and Idella Carson voted against.
Trustee Mary Ulmer abstained.
The district would pay for the work through a $41 million general commitment. The cost of the work is estimated at approximately $39.9 million.
School officials say the bond would not require a tax increase. The works would be carried out from August 2022 to August 2025.
“It’s very flexible in how we move and how we fund this process,” said Compass Financial Advisors Bob Damron. “This is not part of your 8% debt capacity and therefore does not affect your debt limit in any way.”
He said, “This is very common in the way other performance contacts are funded by other school districts in the state.”
The contract would equip the district with new HVAC equipment, new LED lights, water-saving devices, energy control systems, a year-long maintenance schedule, and the ability to treat air with bipolar ionization.
Some trustees have expressed concerns about approving an energy performance contract while the district develops a plan to improve the facility.
Officials say the upgrades would be made to schools not proposed for closure or new construction under the district’s facilities improvement plan.
The contract is subject to change if the district’s improvement plan changes, said Bob Grant, assistant district superintendent for operations.
The bond will be paid for by energy and operational savings, Grant said.
Last year, ABM conducted an energy performance assessment of the district’s power, lighting, and water systems.
ABM officials say 91 percent of the district’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems have exceeded their useful life.
The trustees received information about the district’s plans to eventually contract an at-risk construction manager to help oversee construction projects the district is undertaking as part of its district-wide facility plan.
The CMAR would provide architectural and engineering services to the district and would be contractually bound to deliver the project at the agreed cost.
School officials say that with the rising cost of equipment and supplies, proceeding with a CMAR is most likely the safest and most cost-effective way.
“The risk is actually with the general contractor and not with us if construction costs increase,” said Superintendent Dr. Shawn Foster.
Grant said the deadline for a CMAR to address the district’s request for proposals is March 16, with the board making final approval around April 16.
“This is a process that would still have to take place,” Foster said. “If plan fails, no harm, no foul.”
• The Trustees unanimously approved the district’s 2022-2023 academic calendar at first reading.
• The Board of Trustees named Kevin Gist II January’s Rookie Instructor of the Month from Lake Marion Technology Center.
• The Trustees recognized Whittaker Elementary School staffer Vanester Ravenell as OCSD Staffer of the Month. Ravenell, who is the school’s accountant, was the first to receive the award, which is presented monthly.
• The Board of Trustees recognized Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School senior basketball guard Jordan Simpson for being named Region V Preseason Player of the Year; Preseason South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association Top 5 Senior; Member of the 2021 Holiday Hoop Fest All-Tournament Team and the Most Outstanding Player of the 2021 Orangeburg County Basketball Tournament.
Simpson has received numerous scholarships to a number of colleges in recognition of his athletic and academic talents.
• Trustees recognized students who attended the South Carolina Beta Club State Convention held January 12-14 in Myrtle Beach. The students will attend the National Beta Club Convention in Nashville, Tennessee in late June and early July.
• Trustees have been informed that development of a district-wide strategic plan is ongoing. The final document will be submitted to the Board at its March meeting
• The district careers fair is scheduled to be held on Saturday, March 5 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Orangeburg County Library and Conference Center at 1645 Russell Street.
All school locations and departments will be represented.
• Trustee Brown expressed his appreciation for Foster’s representation at the recent South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators meeting in North Charleston.
• The next school board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 pm at the District Headquarters at 102 Founders Court in Orangeburg.