Aiken High School’s new science building is on schedule for completion by Nov. 29, and a full status report will be presented to the Aiken County Board of Education at a regular meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The construction project is the first phase of a long-term process to renovate the nearly 60-year-old high school. A field house next to the football field should be completed by May 11.
Renovations are nearing completion this week at Jackson Middle School – providing a new cafeteria/kitchen and a new front office area. The summary indicates that the contractor was about 45 days beyond the initial contract period.
In other business –
• The district administration is recommending that the School Board approve a state-mandated policy revision related to eighth-graders. It would not impact those getting high school credits for Honors Algebra I and Honors English I. The policy would limit the number of other eighth-graders from earning elective credit for math and English.
• Sunshine House, Inc. has provided donations to Chukker Creek Elementary School ($2,541), Aiken Elementary School ($1,798) and Hammond Hill Elementary School ($1,690) for a variety of instructional and operational needs.
• District staffers are recommending the company ClearView after reviewing candidates following a request for proposal for a utility audit. If approved by the School Board, ClearView will perform an audit of pricing and practices for the district’s electrical and natural gas services.
• The administration is also recommending that two international travel and exchange programs be accepted to place foreign exchange stunts in district schools.
• In closed session, School Board members will receive a legal briefing and will consider a transfer appeal and two appeals related to student disciplinary actions.
There will be a special public hearing tonight.
The Aiken School Board will hold a public hearing at the district office tonight at 6 p.m., seeking comments on the City of North Augusta’s plans to introduce a Tax Incremental Financing initiative toward a $122 million combined public/private investment in the community.
The city is seeking the school district’s participation in “Project Jackson.” City officials said the district’s involvement is essential in order to generate sufficient revenue to service the debt on $43 million – the city’s investment in the total package.
Those attending the meeting at the district office, 1000 Brookhaven Drive, will be given the chance to speak to the School Board for a specified period of time. The School Board expects to make a decision at its next regular meeting March 12.