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Committees, public participation highlight Sumter School board meeting

By BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com
Posted 11/16/19
Committees, finances and public participation appear to be the headline items for Sumter School District's Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting scheduled for Monday night. A district staff member placed the agenda online Friday for the …

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Committees, public participation highlight Sumter School board meeting

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Committees, finances and public participation appear to be the headline items for Sumter School District's Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting scheduled for Monday night.

A district staff member placed the agenda online Friday for the public and the media.

According to the agenda, district Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Miller will brief the board on various monthly financial reports and also that the district plans to end fiscal 2019 with a change in fund balance of $5.7 million. The district's outside auditor, Maulden & Jenkins LLC, will present the official fiscal 2019 audit report in a few weeks at the December board meeting.

It's expected that at least one individual representing the district's bus drivers will speak during public participation near the beginning of the meeting. At least 15 to 20 drivers held out of work for one week through Tuesday in protest for higher pay. All drivers did report back to work Wednesday after group meetings with district administration, but a formal agreement on pay wasn't reach, according to officials.

Possibly the meeting's biggest action will be after an executive session behind closed doors, when trustees return to open session and will vote on whether they will move forward with public members on standing committees or change the system to only allow board members to serve on those committees.

A couple other options discussed by trustees have included ridding all its standing committees and creating ad hoc committees when specific needs arise that would include the public. Another option is letting the public serve on a newly created Citizens Advisory Committee.

Monday's meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the district office, 1345 Wilson Hall Road. Like all board-related meetings, the public is invited to attend.

PULLOUT BOX:

IF YOU GO?

WHAT: Sumter School Board meeting

WHEN: Monday, 6 p.m.

WHERE: District office, 1345 Wilson Hall Road