Fort Mill School Board makes fund transfers, discusses ‘non-traditional’ credits

Special to the Fort Mill TimesJune 23, 2014 

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— The Fort Mill School Board approved the transfer of a variety of funds during their meeting on June 17.

The board approved the transfer of $3.945 million within the budget. The transfer, which was originally discussed at the board’s May 29 meeting, includes:

• $125,000: Curriculum standards implementation, includes professional development/supplies/materials and $25,000 for career and technology kits

• $60,000: Middle school athletic program

• $60,000: Middle school band instruments (Fort Mill Middle and Gold Hill Middle)

• $250,000: School small capital purchases

• $200,000: Building automation upgrades

• $1,250,000: Complete field development at the new Riverview site

• $2,000,000: Contingency fund (provides additional year in multi-year budget plan)

The school board also approved a proficiency-based credit plan, which summarizes the district’s programs that allow students to earn credits in non-traditional ways, said Marty McGinn, assistant superintendent for curriculum and human resources.

The proficiency based-system addresses content/credit recovery, distance, online and virtual education and the Alternative School Program, which helps at-risk students attend school in lieu of expulsion for certain, non-violent offenses.

The plan is a state reporting requirement, McGinn said.

“These were things that we already have in place in the middle and high schools,” she said.

The board approved the report detailing the district’s programs. McGinn will submit the report to the state department in July.

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