2021 Miss Tiger

MISS TIGER - Abby Gentry was crowned Saluda High School’s Miss Tiger at the recent annual pageant. Pictured, L to R, are:Brittany Hightower - Miss Senior, Jocelyn Yanez - Miss Junior, Miss Gentry, Ainsley Gibson - Miss Sophomore, and Elizabeth Sorcia - Miss Freshman. (SHS photo)

School Board Summary

The Saluda County School District Board of Trustees met January 25, 2021, in the Saluda High School Cafeteria. The meeting was also live streamed. Dr. Kathy Coleman called the meeting to order.  Mr. Jeffrey Jordan gave the invocation.  The agenda was approved as submitted.  The minutes from the November 9, 2020; November 16, 2020; and December 15, 2020 Board Meetings were approved.  Six members were present.
  Election of Board Officers
  The Board voted to keep the current slate of officers for 2021:  Dr. Kathy Coleman, Chair; Dr. Arlene Puryear, Vice Chair; Ms. Christy Corley Nichols, Secretary
  Swearing in of Board Officers
  Judge Bruce Horne issued the Oath of Office to Board Officers for 2021:  Dr. Kathy Coleman, Chair; Dr. Arlene Puryear, Vice Chair; Ms. Christy Corley Nichols, Secretary
  Audit Report
  The District’s Annual Audit Report was presented by Martin-Smith and Company CPAs.  
  •The District was given an unmodified clean opinion.  To receive an unmodified clean opinion, the District demonstrated compliance with all state and federal budgeting regulations.   
  •Due to effective fiscal management and all departments working together, the District added $1,504,134 to the general fund balance at the close of the 2019-20 budget year. The District will continue to look for strategies to improve its overall financial stability.
  Recognition of Board Members
  Dr. Coleman thanked all of the Board Members for their service.  
  Dr. Livingston thanked the Board on behalf of the entire One Saluda Family.  He recognized and thanked each of the board members for everything they have done for the students and staff of Saluda County Schools. Their leadership and support during this past year has been second to none. They have worked together to ensure that our students and staff have the tools they need to operate a safe and effective learning environment, especially during COVID. The Saluda County School District Board of Trustees has a combined 107 years and 2 months of experience and it is this shared experience that allows our school district to continue to grow and prosper. Thank you all for your service.
  The SCSBA Ethical Principles states the following:
  As members of the board of Saluda County Schools, we pledge our efforts to improve public education in our community and will solemnly try to: represent the interests of the entire district when making decisions and to rely on available facts and on our judgment rather than on individuals or special interest groups; understand the proper role of the board to set policies governing the district and to hire the chief administrative officer to carry out these policies; en- courage an open exchange of ideas by all board members during the decision-making process; seek  regular communications between the board and students, staff and all segments of the community; attend all board meetings, to study issues facing the board and to enact policies and official actions only after full discussion at such meetings; work with other board members in a conscientious and courteous manner befitting the public trust placed in the position of school board trustee; communicate  concerns and public reaction to board policies and school programs to the superintendent and other board members in a professional manner; support  employment of the persons best qualified for staff positions and to ensure a regular and impartial evaluation of all staff; avoid  conflicts of interest and to refrain from using our board position for personal or partisan gain; encourage  recognition of the achievements of students and staff and of the involvement of community residents; support  legislation  and funding which will improve the educational opportunities and environment for students and staff; take no individual action which would compromise the integrity of the board or administration and to respect the confidentiality of information that is privileged under the Freedom of Information Act; study current educational issues and to participate in training programs such as those offered through the South Carolina School Boards Association and the National School Boards Association; and make our district’s educational setting the best possible to encourage all students to achieve and to love learning.

Christy Nichols Recognized

  Christy Corley Nichols, a board member for Saluda County Schools, has been recognized by the South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) for 15 years of school board service.  She received a pin and certificate from the SCSBA for her years of service.
  This year, 31 school board members from throughout the state will receive special lapel pins for reaching the 10 or 15-year benchmark.  Another 18 will commemorate their 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th or 40th year of school board service.
  Veteran school board members provide vision and valuable leadership for school districts.  SCSBA and the local boards are happy to honor these board members for their long-term dedication to improving student achievement in their communities.
    SCSBA is a non-profit organization serving as a source of information and a statewide voice for boards governing the 79 school districts.