School Board Report
Posted: June 23, 2013
Newberry County School Board held their meeting last night.
Council approved allocation of $10,000 additional funds from the general fund to the band program to
be disbursed as follows: $4,000 to Mid Carolina High School, $4,000 to Newberry High School, $2000
to Whitmire High School. Council discussed whether to disburse funds to the Band Boosters but
decided to disburse to each school to facilitate accounting.
The board approved the personnel recommendations and contractual considerations from Executive
Superintendent Bennett presented newest board member, Jessie Reeder, with a Certificate of
Achievement for completion of Level 1 at her first conference.
The board approved first reading of the following School Board Policy Changes for Human Resources:
Policy GBEC Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace
Policy GCO Evaluation of Professional Staff
Policy GCQE Retirement of Professional Staff
Policy GDQC Retirement of Support Staff
The board approved first reading of the following School Board Policy Changes for Student Services:
Policy JLDBB Self-Esteem Promotion/Suicide Prevention
The board agreed to clarify a wording issue before the next reading.
Mrs. Dowd gave a report on the budget stating that accrual transactions made before June 30 are not
reflected in the totals and that it looks like the budget will balance.
Mr. Suber gave a report on the construction projects stating that they are still experiencing rain delays
but erosion control is being tested. The paving is complete at the Career Center.
Superintendent Bennett reminded the board of the Back to School program scheduled August 15 at
11:00 am at Newberry High School.
Superintendent Bennett opened a discussion on graduation for the upcoming year. Due to the
unpredictable weather of the last several years, his suggestion was to make a decision at the beginning
of the year whether to hold graduation indoors or out in order to give families and schools the
opportunity to plan ahead.
County Council Report
Posted: May 23, 2013
Newberry County Council met on Wednesday, May 22. After a public hearing on the subject, Council passed third reading of an ordinance to enlarge the Joint
County Industrial Park of Newberry and Lexington Counties to include Lexington County Technology
After a public hearing on the subject, Council passed second reading of an ordinance to provide for the
issuance and sale of General Obligation Bonds of Newberry County not to exceed $1,215,000 for EMS
rolling stock and the public works project.
Council passed second reading of an ordinance enacting and adopting 2013 S-10 supplement to the
Code of Ordinance for Newberry County.
Council approved purchase of an ambulance from the low bidder in the amount of $133,999.
Council approved moving the spare Pomaria Rescue Squad Vehicle to Consolidated Fire Department.
Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding between Piedmont Technical College and
Newberry County for the installation of Mechatronics, a one year certification or a two year associate's
degree program that incorporates mechanical engineering, robotics and computer engineering. Other
counties in the state utilizing this program have received support from business partnerships who invest
in order train present and future employees through the program. One time cost to the county will be
$515,000 for the initial equipment purchase with an annual cost of $25,000.
Council approved low bid of $14,000 from Moats Construction, LLC for Demolition of the Highway
Council voted to request rebids for the Berley Road Bridge project because bids came in substantially
Consideration to approve low bid in the amount of $137,575 from ACS Construction Equipment for a
front wheel loader for the public works department to use mostly in the mulch operation. The piece of
equipment presently used is inadequate and expensive to repair. Several bids were received but Council
disagreed on the choice because the second lowest loader was a Komatsu unit. Several council
members expressed an interest in purchasing the Komatsu loader since it is manufactured in Newberry County. Council went into Executive session to discuss. After rescinding the initial action taken,
council approved the low bid 5-2.
Council voted to surplus an abandoned boiler at the Newberry County Armory Building (the new
Sheriff's Office) that was uncovered during the renovations.
Tommy Long gave a report from the Public Safety and Courts Committee held 5/06/13.
Mike Pisano gave a report from the Public Works and Planning Committee held 5/13/13
Anne Peters, Zoning Administrator, reported that the zoning code revision is almost completed. This
new code will be easier to read and include diagrams and pictures and should be adopted by Labor Day.
A moment of silence was observed for the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes.
Future meetings include:
Personnel and Intergovernmental Relations Committee – 6/3/13 @ 6:00 pm
County Council – 6/10/13 @ 7:00 pm
Budget Work Session – 6/10/13 @6:00 pm
"On the Move with Margaret" 6/17/13 @9:30 am
County Council – 6/19/13 @ 7:00 pm
Economic Development Committee – 6/24/13 @ 6:00 pm
City Council Report
Posted: April 10, 2013
Newberry City Council met Tuesday, April 9, at 7:00 pm.
Jeff Shacker gave the financial report.
Council recognized the following people for their years of service:
Barry Bishop, Public Works Department – 5 years
Jeffrey Weyers, Utility Department – 5 years
Gene Shealy, Fire Department – 10 years
Jeff Shacker, Administrative Department
Newberry College Nursing Students gave a presentation of community health research projects. The
students were divided into three groups with each group presenting different a different project. One
group researched implementation of a flag football program to be added to the parks and recreation
department. The second group researched the need for a citywide smoking ban. The third group
researched a program to improve health by addressing the obesity problem that our community faces. Their solution included a Walking Trail Master Plan to connect all fifteen parks in the city.
Council passed second reading of the amended Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget.
Council chose the low bid for the new electric substation transformer from three received after
reviewing the choice they made last month. The low bid came from SPX Transformer
Solutions/Waukesha in Goldsboro, NC. Components and replacement parts from this company are
more cost effective than the previous choice.
The Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee met Tuesday, April 2, to review requests for
disbursement. The recommendations were awarded by Council to the Newberry Opera House for
advertising, the City of Newberry for community promotions and the City of Newberry for promotion
of Oktoberfest 2013.
Council approved modifications to the Utility Shop property on Louis Rich Drive that would
accommodate the electric substation, the proposed water storage tank and relocation of the City's
warehouse from its current location on Nance Street to the Utility Shop property.
Council passed a resolution to appoint acting PMPA Board Members until the new City Manager is in
Council also passed a resolution recognizing June 28, 2013 as "Carolina Day" throughout the city of
Councilman Greg Summer tendered his resignation from City Council effective April 30, 2013. He has
served on council since 2000. A special election will be held on July 30. Filing begins Friday, May 17, and closes Tuesday, May 28.
Council wished Jeff Shacker well as he finished his last council meeting with the City.
The next City Council meeting will be held May 7, 2013 at 7 pm in City Hall.
County Council Report
Posted: April 4, 2013
Newberry County Council met Wednesday, April 3, at 7 pm in the Annex Building.
After making two amendments, Council passed second reading of an ordinance to lease certain
buildings at the fairgrounds to the Jaycees.
After making two amendments, Council passed third reading of an ordinance to lease the former horse
stables at the fairgrounds to the Newberry Pistol Club, Inc. for use as a shooting range and associated
Council passed second reading of an ordinance adopting the Administrative Policies and Procedures
contained in the International Building Code and the National Electric Code after making several
amendments to the previous copy.
Council approved second reading of a fee-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement between Newbery County and
Georgia Pacific Wood Products LLC in Prosperity. The project will invest no less than $64 million in
the county and create at least 39 new, full time jobs.
A resolution was passed designating April 2013 as Fair Housing Month.
Future meetings include:
Finance Committee – 4/8/13 @ 7:00 pm
County Council – 4/17/13 @ 7:00 pm
School Board Report
Posted: March 26, 2013
Newberry County School Board met last night at the Learning Center.
Newberry Schools were well represented in the National Career Development Association's Career
Poster and Poetry Contest. Out of the over 350 entries Newberry County students and teachers received
dozens of awards. Students were also presented awards for SC Science Olympiad.
Awards were given to Junior Scholars as well.
Mr. Haynie was presented Athletic Principal of the Year and Mrs Westwood was awarded School
Librarian Administrator of the year.
Finally, Mr. Bennett announced that nine Newberry Schools received state awards of either Palmetto
Silver or Palmetto Gold.
A concerned parent spoke during the Public Forum regarding the restructuring of Middle Level Algebra
1 in order to make the course compliant with Common Core Standards. Her concern was that the
students who would be unable to take this course would be at a disadvantage later.
The board passed the first reading of the Procurement Policy and list of exemptions.
The board passed first reading of Policy IKA (with revisions) which concerns the Grading Assessment
The board passed the adoption of new textbooks enVision Math – published by Pearson (2012) - 1st
edition. These textbooks are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
Mrs. Dowd gave the financial report and mentioned that the House Ways and Means Committee
increased the student base cost from 2012 last year to 2101 in this year's budget.
Mrs. Dowd also updated information requested by the board on cost of an additional SRO (School
Resource Officer). The projected cost for each officer would be approximately $50,000 to $60,000
annually stating that it would not be cost effective to try to place this person before the end of this year.
Mr. Suber gave a report on the recent School Security Audits he and his team performed. He said there
were places to improve but in general he was pleased with the results. He is in the process of receiving
requests for proposals to install district wide access systems which include camera systems with
intercom/video recording equipment to be monitored by the front receptionist. Board members were
proud of Newberry High School's handling of the recent incident and praised the coordinated efforts of
local law enforcement to keep our children safe.
In closing, Superintendent Bennett reminded board members of the upcoming day at the Capitol. He
also reminded the board that the one year contract with Boys and Girls Club is due to expire and to
consider whether they want to renew the contract.
School Board Report
Another Arrest Made In Bomb Threat Investigation
Posted: March 21, 2013
Another arrest has been made related to the bomb threat at Newberry High School.
A sixteen year old male was charged today with Conveying a Bomb Threat. He has been transported to the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia where he will be held awaiting a detention hearing.
This juvenile is the third person charged with the bomb threat that caused the school to be evacuated on Monday. The students were returned to the school after bomb sniffing dogs cleared to the school.
Authorities say that the three people arrested all acted together in conveying the threat.
Officers have remained on and around the campus for extra security over the last several days and according to school district personnel the school has returned to normal operation.
Coggins Receives Golden Book of Deeds Award
Posted: March 21, 2013
The NewberryExchange Club presented the Book of Golden Deeds Award to WKDK's James P. "Jimmie" Coggins (right) at their Ladies Night dinner and meeting on Tuesday evening. The Book of Golden Deeds, which is the National Exchange Club's longest running project, recognizes dedicated volunteers who give endless hours of their time and talents toward making their communities better places to live. Shown presenting Coggins the award is Exchangite David Jenkins.
County Council Report
Two Arrests Made in Newberry High School Bomb Threat
Posted: March 19, 2013
Two Newberry High Schoolstudents are in custody this evening charged with making the bomb threat that caused Newberry High School to be evacuated Monday morning.
Daisha Kibler (right), 17, of 217 Bowles Road, Silverstreet, and a 16 year old juvenile were taken into custody this afternoon. Both will be charged with Conveying A Bomb Threat.
The arrests come at the end of the second day of alert at Newberry High School after the students called in a bomb threat to the main line of the school yesterday morning at 10:54am. The school was evacuated and the students sent to a safe location while bomb sniffing dogs came to the school and searched the campus. The students were brought back to the campus once it was declared safe and the all clear given.
Officers were back on campus this morning and along with school and district office personnel searched the campus before school began and stood by throughout the day so that students, faculty, and parents could feel more at ease about the safety and security of the campus.
“This was an all-out concentrated effort by many people,” said Sheriff Lee Foster. “I was amazed at how well all of our agencies worked so closely together to safely negotiate the serious incident and apprehend those responsible for this crime.”
“I have often said that I have never seen the level of such partnership and cooperation shared between a school district and law enforcement,” said Superintendent Bennie Bennett. “This incident served as proof of that relationship. The extraordinary effort of students, staff, and law enforcement to work together during difficult times was evident over the past two days.”
Both men made very positive comments about the students, teachers, staff, and law enforcement officers who worked so very hard to protect the campus and bring those who committed this crime to justice.
Daisha Kibler was taken to the Newberry County Detention Center where she will be formerly charged tomorrow and a bond hearing will be held sometime tomorrow afternoon. If convicted, Kibler faces a sentence on not less than 1 but not more than 10 years.
The juvenile was transported the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia where she will be held until a detention hearing is arranged through the Family Court of South Carolina. The juvenile’s charges will be adjudicated through the Family Court unless the charges are deemed serious enough and in the good of public interest to waive the juvenile to be tried as an adult.
Sheriff Foster said that they will also seek restitution for the manpower, equipment, and other costs associated with the response to such an incident. “It is not fair for the taxpayer to be forced to pay for the wrong doing of another so whenever possible we seek restitution for the costs associated with such an event,” said Foster.
Sheriff Foster said that more arrests are possible in the case.
County Council Report
Posted: March 7, 2013
Newberry County Council met March 6,2013, 7 pm, in the Annex Building.
Council read a proclamation declaring March 2013 as Disabilities Awareness month in Newberry
Mr. Tom Perry addressed council to thank them for Newberry County's involvement with Community
Action for a Safer Tomorrow (CAST) regarding underage drinking.
Council read an ordinance acting on a request to amend the zoning map to rezone two parcels on Louis
Rich Rd. near the airport totaling 6.667 acres from Rural (R2) to General Residential (RG). Click HERE for more.
UPDATE: Body of Missing Man Found; Brother Charged With Murder
Posted: 4:17 PM March 3, 2013
The search for the man missing since