A Message from the Board
December 8, 2014
Citizens of Spartanburg School District Five:
begin by saying THANK YOU to all of
you in our district! The support all of
our schools receive from parents and residents of D5 is spectacular. We have
been blessed with a great administration, first class teachers – and our
students are hungry to learn and grow! On behalf of the District Five Schools Board of Trustees, I want to
again say thank you. This is an exciting
time in the life of District 5 and all public schools in South Carolina as we
have elected a new Superintendent of
Education, Molly Spearman, who supports our efforts to treat every child
special every day. Also, one of our own,
Rita Allison has been selected in the
House of Representatives to lead the House Education and Public Works Committee
this year. It was described in a meeting
I was in recently like a Perfect Storm (in a good way) for Public Education. We’re proud of Rita, as she is a former District
5 board member. Her daughter came through District 5 schools along with her
grandchildren. This kind of support
along with the support of our state South Carolina School Board Association
promises to provide greater achievements moving forward.
want to say, as a former QB at the University of South Carolina, I don’t like
to lose. I say that because I am
passionate about seeing our kids/students in District 5 win and they do that
through receiving a quality education. I
believe, and our board believes that our responsibility is to ensure that
children of District Five receive the BEST
education possible, in a safe and clean environment and with the technology and
resources needed to win.
I want to reiterate once again three key principles on which our Board will
govern. We believe that it is our charge from you to be transparent, fiscally
responsible and strive for excellence in all of our endeavors.
District Five Schools Board of Trustees believes that transparency promotes
accountability and communication. We want to know your concerns so we can help
and we want you to know what the Board and District is doing to build trust and
cooperation in the community. We want to
encourage your participation and involvement in District Five. Our board and
committee meetings are open to the public. Please join us to learn more about
the great things happening in our schools, as well as the challenges we face
going forward. All of our meeting times and locations are posted on the
District website at http://www.spart5.net/. Improving
communication with you is a priority. In addition to posting the minutes from
our meetings, we will begin including the supporting documentation and
presentations used during the meetings. We are also adding contact information
for our board members.
board chairman, I plan to begin communicating with you on behalf of the board
via letters such as this one more frequently.
District Five Schools Board of Trustees knows that in these difficult economic
times, we must spend every tax dollar with care and ensure your money is spent
wisely. The administration and board of District Five have a long history of
being outstanding stewards of our financial resources. Since 2006, we have been
ranked first out of 85 school districts in South Carolina with the highest
percentage of current expenditures going toward instruction and instructional
support. For the 2012-13 school year, 76.02% of our expenditures went toward
instruction and instructional support. (reference: Insite).
always put our children first. We must prepare all of our children to compete
in a demanding economy and to succeed as responsible citizens. The economy of
the 21st century will be based on knowledge and rapidly changing
technologies. We must be aggressive to keep moving forward. District Five has
been actively and continuously working to improve our academic performance. For
our younger students:
have added reading coaches in elementary and intermediate schools to help all
children read on grade level.
have increased the number of 4 year old kindergarten classes.
have increased the number of special needs classes for at risk 3 and 4 year old
have also added outstanding instructional software to aid teachers in their
our graduation rate has been a high priority. In the last few years, we have
implemented several innovative programs to help our high school students
· The Byrnes Freshman Academy, using the
team teaching model, improves the transition of students from middle school to
· Rebel Success is an opportunity for all
students to receive free tutoring if they are having difficulty with an
academic subject area.
· District Five Academy is an alternative
program located at Middle Tyger Community Center and operates Monday – Thursday
from 1:30 – 5:30 pm. The program allows non-traditional students to recapture
credits for courses they have failed.
· NOVA Net, Virtual School is a computer
based instructional program which allows students to recapture credits for
courses they have failed. Virtual courses are offered for students whose
schedules may not accommodate all of the courses they may need to graduate on
time. It also allows students to take courses that may not be offered on a
regular basis at our high school due to low enrollment.
· Saturday Recapture is a program
designed to allow students to make up unexcused absences from class. The state
requires that a student be denied credit for a course if they miss more than
five days regardless of their academic grade in the course. The Saturday
recapture program allows students who are passing the course to make up the
time they have missed and therefore allows them to receive the credit for the
· Gateway to College is a partnership
between Spartanburg Community College and the School Districts of Spartanburg
County. It targets students who are at risk of dropping out of high school and
allows them to enter a college setting where their course work will result in
dual high school and college credit.
· Fresh Start is an alternative night
school for students with discipline problems that prevent them from attending
school in a traditional schedule.
new programs are yielding successful results in helping more of our high school
students earn their diplomas. Our graduation rate improved by approximately 10%
this past year.
these are challenging and exciting times. The District Five School Board is
committed to work alongside the administration, teachers, support staff,
students, parents, and citizens of District Five to make it the best in South
you for your support.
District Five Board of Trustees of Spartanburg County