The Aiken County School Board welcomed in its new members in the first meeting back since Oct. 23.
Keith Liner, Richard Hazen, Ronnie West and Tad Barber were sworn in with families by their side at Tuesday's meeting. The recognition continued with the North Augusta High School swim team being recognized for earning medals at the state swim championship.
Three presentations were made, starting with North Augusta Middle School principal Wendy Jacobs making a presentation on her school's first ever 21st-century classroom.
Students at the school use the classroom and its new technologies for projects such as social studies videos and dream room designs.
Vice Chairman of the Board Ray Fleming asked whether the room was something that could be included in all schools, to which Superintendant Dr. Beth Everitt said, “We think every school deserves this.”
Associate Superintendent King Laurence then made a presentation on the Measures of Academic Progress testing and evaluating system that is used in Aiken County.
The system, according to Laurence, is used to help predict how students will perform on testing such as the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards test.
“We use this to get teachers more information,” Laurence said.
The final presentation was given by Liner, in which he brought up the Sequestration issue on hand, where the federal government is trying to make 8.2 percent budget cuts to schools across the nation. That would mean it would cut roughly $80,000 for every $1 million federal aid beginning in next year's budget.
Liner proposed that the school board join with other national school boards to urge Congress to mitigate the act. The proposal was tabled until the next school Board meeting.