Columbia Star

Richland One School Board approves bonus for all employees


The Richland One School Board met virtually Tuesday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m. after an executive session meeting. Board members present were Jonathan Milling, Yolanda Anderson, Lila Anna Sauls (secretary-treasurer,) Aaron Bishop (vice chairman,) Cheryl Harris (parliamentarian,) Jamie L. Devine (chairman,) and Beatrice King.

The invocation was led by Commissioner King. The Consent Agenda items were approved by unanimous vote.

Richland District One is moving forward on an Energy Savings Performance program and approved two motions related to this effort. The first was to negotiate the Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract with Schneider Electric. The estimated negotiated amount of the Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract is $37,900,000. The second motion was the approval of a financing agreement for the lease purchase of certain equipment with Bank of America.

The board voted to approve the memorandum of understanding with the Columbia Police Department to provide school resource officers for the district. The board also voted to approve the memorandum of understanding with the City of Columbia to provide part-time school crossing guards to ten elementary schools and two middle schools.

The board considered the motions to reallocate a portion of the FY 2018-2019 general fund — fund balance for a onetime pay amount to employees who worked at least 152 days in the FY 2019-2020 and are currently employed (full amount for 1.0 FTE and half amount for .50 FTE). Commissioner Milling amended the motion to increase the amount to $1,000 for full time and $500 for half time. This is a one-time bonus for all employees of the district.

Board Chairman Devine recognized Lila Anna Sauls for her four years of service as a commissioner for the Richland District One School Board. She will be presented with a plaque and a framed painting by a Richland District One student in her honor.

Superintendent Craig Witherspoon reported on the progress of the initiation of Phase Two of the Reopening of Schools Plans as part of the district’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the requirements of the South Carolina State Department of Education. Phase Two began for students in grades K–three the week of October 25 and Phase Two will begin for students in grades three –12 the following week.

Phase Two is the hybrid phase of the Reopening of Schools Plans. Students are divided into two groups. Group A attends school in person on Mondays and Tuesdays and Group B attends school in person on Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesdays are flex days when all students will be learning from home.

A dashboard will be placed on the district’s website to provide daily reports of COVID-19 in Richland School District One schools.

For more information, visit www.richlandone.org/restartstrong.

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