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April 6 - 6:30 PM
@ Townville Elementary School

April 18 - 6:30 PM
@ Riverside Middle School

April 20 - 6:30 PM
@ La France Elementary School

April 25 - 6:30 PM
@ Mount Lebanon Elementary School

One-Cent Sales Tax Questions and Answers

1 day ago

Background Information:
In 2013-14, the best projection for collections of the added penny over a 15-year period “countywide” was a total of $279M.  For Anderson School District 4, the 1-cent sales tax was projected to bring in around $25M over 15 years.  As approved by the voters, the first 20% of the $25M, or $5M, is and will continue to be used to pay down the existing debt over the 15 year period.   The remaining 80% of the $25M, or $20M, is being used for educational capital projects the voters approved in November 2014. The $20M covers $14M in bond sales plus interest and fees that the voters approved so that projects could get underway.  These bonds would be paid off using the sales tax revenue over time. Permissible projects include: construction of a new career center, improvement of safety and security, updating technology, replacement of HVAC and roofs, construction of fine arts and athletic facilities, and purchase of transportation vehicles and land for school facilities.

Additionally, for Anderson Districts 3, 4, and 5, voters approved that one of the brick and mortar projects would be a shared new career center.  Anderson District Four’s portion of career center construction is 16% or approximately $6-6.5M of the approved $14M.  Bonds for the project will be issued in June 2017.  This is the top priority project for use of the 1-cent sales tax revenue.

Other projects approved by the board include installation of security cameras at all district locations, traffic safety improvements on Highway 187, student parking addition at Pendleton High, and construction of a new baseball field and infrastructure needs on the 85 acres the district owns on Boscobel Road.  This project has not yet been bid out.  Current estimates are around $5.5M.  This leaves a balance of $2-2.5M of 1-cent revenue that has not been assigned to a project.

Questions:

1.       How much sales tax revenue has Anderson 4 collected from the 1 cent tax? From May 2015 through February 2017 (21 months) Anderson 4 has received $3,792,544.

2.       How much has been paid on debt with the 1-cent money? As of April 2017, $758,509 has been used to pay down the debt in Anderson 4.

3.       Have we spent any of the 1-cent money? If so, how was it spent?  The district has spent $2,339,466 on the new career center construction, security upgrades, HVAC improvements, and a greenhouse for the Agriculture Education program at the high school.

4.       How much money does Anderson 4 have left to spend on projects?  There is a balance of $2-2.5M of 1-cent revenue that has not been assigned to a project.  If the referendum passes, this money will be used to pay down the existing debt.

Note: Since the amount of revenue generated is dependent on the strength of the economy and consumer spending, the district cannot predict future collection rates.  What we do know is that the revenue generated from May 2015 – February 2017 is above original calculations.  These funds are being used to pay down debt (20%) and pay off bonds associated with the $14M in projects.  The Board has approved projects and prioritized them according to recommendations by the Superintendent.  

Anderson 4 Seeking Substitute Nurses
Anderson 4 Seeking Substitute Nurses
The substitute pay rate for Registered Nurses is $120 per day. Complete information can be found under Classified Vacancies or by contacting the Office of Human Resources at 403-2022.

Dr. Thomas R. Dobbins Re-Elected as SCSBA Region 16 Director

5 months ago

COLUMBIA – Dr. Thomas R. Dobbins, a member of the Anderson County School District 4 Board, was re-elected to the South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) Board of Directors as the Region 16 Director for a second four-year term during the association’s annual business meeting held on December 3.  Region 16 represents Anderson 4, Anderson 5, Oconee, and Pickens.

The association’s annual business meeting, which was held during the association’s Legislative Advocacy Conference, included voting delegates from most of the state’s 81 school boards. In addition to electing association officers, delegates adopted resolutions to guide the association during the 2017 legislative session.

Dr. Dobbins has served on the Anderson 4 board for 12 years.  He currently serves as the chair.  He also served as Anderson 4 chair from 2002-2008.  He was elected to the SCSBA board in 2012.

 He serves as the Director of the Clemson Cooperative Extension Service.  He was recognized as the 2015 ACTE Southern Region Teacher of the Year.  In 2015, he received the John Parris Agriculture Leadership Award.

 He is a member of the SC County Agents Association, SC 4-H Agents Association, SC Ag Teachers Association, and SCACTE and National ACTE.  He is an active member of Oakdale Baptist Church.

Officers elected to lead the association’s board of directors for a one-year term are as follows:

  • President, Queenie Boyd, Lee County School District
  • President-elect, Wesley Hightower, Aiken County School District
  • Vice President, Tony Folk, Dorchester School District Four
  • Treasurer, Chuck Saylors, Greenville County School District
  •  Secretary, Cheryl Burgess, Lexington School District Three

Others elected to serve a four-year term on the 23-member board of directors as regional directors are:

  • Region 2 Director, Cindy Bohn Coats, Charleston county Schools
  • Region 4 Director, Janice Morreale, Horry County Schools
  • Region 8 Director, Jamie Devine, Richland One School District
  • Region 12 Director, Annie E. McDaniel, Fairfield
The South Carolina School Boards Association is a non-profit organization serving as a source of information and a statewide voice for boards governing the 81 school districts.

 

By Susie Rhodes

Update from Anderson 4 (Oct 1, 3:26pm)

7 months ago

Anderson School District 4 and the staff and students at Townville Elementary mourn the loss of 6-year-old Jacob Hall.  Jacob is an innocent victim of an unexplainable act of violence that occurred while he was on his way to the school playground Wednesday afternoon.  Jacob was a delightful child who was full of joy and beloved by his family, friends and all at Townville Elementary School. Despite a strong fight these past few days, his life was cut short by this tragedy that cannot be explained or easily understood. Jacob will not be forgotten. We grieve for his parents and his family. We will wrap our arms around his teacher, his friends and his classmates.  

We will continue to provide love and support to all in our schools and community as we work together to get through this tragic event.  Townville, you are not alone.   It is our hope that we all come together in a state of grace and peace as we support one another in the coming days and weeks.  We need each other; we cannot get through this alone. 

 We ask all to join us in praying for and supporting Jacob’s family and the others injured in the shooting. 



New Career Center Underway
New Career Center Underway
The new Career Center for Anderson Districts 3, 4, and 5 is well underway. Now known as the Anderson Institute of Technology, the Center's schematic design phase is complete as well as course offerings and career programs have been determined. The location of the Center will be on the existing Lakeside Middle School campus in Anderson 5 and construction is set to commence spring of 2017. The Center is funded by the one-cent sales tax referendum approved by voters in 2014. To date countywide, over $15,029,506 has been generated by the additional penny in just nine months and $274,341 has been applied to reducing your property taxes in Anderson 4 at this point in the collections.
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