Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Chuck Saylors, who represents much of Taylors on the Greenville County School Board, elected chair.
Taylors resident Chuck Saylors will lead the Greenville County School Board in 2013, after being elected by the rest of the trustees as the board's chairman, The Greenville News reports. Saylors, who represents District 20, which encompasses much of the Taylors area, was first elected to the school board in 2002, and will take on the roll of chairman from Roger Meeks, who served in the position for a difficult two-year stretch that included a budget crunch and superintendent search. Saylors had already served a two-year stint himself as chairman before becoming the president of the National Parent Teacher Association in 2009.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Joy Grayson, a former prosecutor and the only candidate with children in the Greenville County school system, is taking the seat vacated by Tommie Reece.
Joy Grayson will be the new trustee on the Greenville County School board representing District 17, after she defeated Sunny Weigand and tea party candidate Paul Fallavolitta on Tuesday. Grayson, the only candidate with children actually in the county's school system, ran on a platform of advocating for quality public education for all of the county's children. "I'm excited about the people in northern Greenville County making education a priority for all children," Grayson said. "I look forward to providing educational excellence for all of our kids." Grayson, who was the only attendee at several forums in the school board race, said her tough campaigning and passion helped push her over the top. "I think people recognized my passion, …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Joy Grayson is only one of three to appear.
What was intended by the District 1 PTA, Greenville County League of Women’s Voters and Public Education Partners to be a forum to highlight the points of contrast between three candidates for school board turned into a one-woman show Tuesday night. Joy Grayson, running for the District 17 seat on the Greenville County School Board, ended up being the only candidate to show up and take questions at the event Tuesday night at Blue Ridge High School. Sunny Weigand, who works in the homeschool curriculum field, informed the organizers of the event that her mother had taken ill, while Paul Fallavollita, a self-described Tea Party candidate, simply didn't show. That left only Grayson, a former prosecutor and the only candidate of the three …
Friday, August 31, 2012
The Greenville County School District will have to use more than $1 million from its reserves to balance its budget after the state reduces its allotment to the county.
More than two months after the Greenville County School Board approved a budget for the next year, trustees voted this week to dip into its reserve fund to help make up for a shortfall after the state's House of Representatives cut a large chunk of Greenville County's expected allotment. The Senate's approved version of the state budget was the basis for the district's own budgeting process this summer, but the House's budget reduced funding to the county by some $2.6 million in funds that had been allotted just a year ago. As a result, the district addressed the problem by using a combination of $1.6 million from the reserve fund, moving expenses from the general fund to state funding for special education to the tune of $1.1 million …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
After more than two hours of discussion, the Greenville County School Board voted to approve the budget plan on second reading.
The Greenville County School District will raise property taxes by 6.1 mills next fiscal year. The board voted 6 to 4 to approve a budget for the 2013 fiscal year that includes a 6.1 mill property tax increase. Such an increase will increase taxes on a $15,000 car by $5.49, and increase taxes on a $200,000 commercial property by $73.20. The 6.1 millage rate is lower than 7.5 mills proposed on the first reading. By South Carolina law, the millage could have been increased to 11.98 mills, which is based on cost of living and population adjustments. A motion was put forth to discuss the 11.98 rate, but that did not pass. After that was shot down the board, they then moved to discuss the 6.1 mill increase which passed by the aforemention 6-4…
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Burke Royster got some support for two prominent Fountain Inn officials Tuesday night at the meeting of the Greenville County School Board of Trustees as they discussed who would be the next superintendent of the district.
The Greenville County School Board meeting's period to discuss the superintendent search included two decidedly pro-Royster voices, and entered into executive session on a contentious note. Fountain Inn Mayor Gary Long and Fountain Inn Economic Development Director Van Broad both voiced their support for Greenville County Schools Assistant Superintendent William Burke Royster as the next head of the school district. Lynn P. Moody and Eugene G. White are also among those being considered. Some sparring ensued as the regular meeting adjourned. As trustees began to motion in favor of retiring to executive session to discuss the search, Trustee Chuck Saylors openly opposed the private meeting, especially considering the long executive session …