Amy McClure, currently the Mossy Creek Elementary School assistant principal, has been appointed principal of Belvedere Elementary School.
She will succeed Allison Churm, who is leaving for the same position in York County.
McClure earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary childhood education from Augusta State University in 2003. She spent the next five years as a teacher at Tobacco Road Elementary School in Augusta. During that assignment, McClure received a masters and educational special degree in educational leadership, also from Augusta State.
From 2008 to 2012, she served as an instructional coach at two elementary schools in Hephzibah, Georgia. In 2011, McClure earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Georgia Southern University. The following year, she accepted the administrative position at Mossy Creek.
In other business, the School Board held a public hearing on the 2014-15 budget, but no one showed up to participate. The Board will approve a final budget document on Tuesday, June 24.
Board members did approve some additional spending to the budget, including a one-time $250,000 expenditure to support middle and high schools with athletic programming needs.
In response to questions, Comptroller Tray Traxler told the Board that none of the new funding actions will require a tax increase. The Board members had already agreed they would not do so. Some of the expenditures are one-time allocations that will come from the School District’s contingency fund. Among them are support for janitorial and office supplies. Both programs will be funded – now only for the coming year – at $4 per student at a given school.
The Board also agreed to hire a new administrator to coordinate a major new initiative following a South Carolina General Assembly action. In the next two months, the District must implement new programs that include reading proficiency and an expanded 4-year-old kindergarten plan.