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Karen Kissiah Staff Writer



Karen Kissiah | Cheraw ChronicleBoard members for the Chesterfield County School District met Oct. 14, at the Palmetto Learning Center in Chesterfield. Topics for the evening included the government shutdown, deregulation proposals, and changes in teacher/principal evaluations.
Karen Kissiah | Cheraw ChronicleBoard members for the Chesterfield County School District met Oct. 14, at the Palmetto Learning Center in Chesterfield. Topics for the evening included the government shutdown, deregulation proposals, and changes in teacher/principal evaluations.
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The Chesterfield County School District’s budget and operations remain unaffected by the current federal government shutdown, Superintendent Harrison Goodwin told members of the school board Oct. 14.


But that could change, Goodwin said, if the shutdown continues.


“We’re okay, for a while, but we could see a slow down in refunding for some programs,” said Goodwin.


Goodwin told board members these sort of unforeseen problems with funding is another good reason to have tax anticipation notes.


“With tax anticipation notes in place, we have the money to move on for the short term,” said Goodwin. “But certainly, if it (the shutdown) continues three or four months, it will be hard on all of us.”


Teacher and principal evaluations are becoming controversial, said Goodwin, with recent proposals handed down from the South Carolina State Department of Education. Goodwin said some of these regulations are similar to those initiated by No Child Left Behind, in that a portion of the evaluation process is linked to student test scores.


“That is simply not acceptable,” said Goodwin.


Harrison said the introduction of these proposed evaluation instruments are certain to be “a hot topic” throughout the state.


The Fine Arts Department for the Chesterfield County School system has been working on a five-year strategic plan to map student achievements, as scores in other subjects will soon affect the evaluation of music, art and physical education teachers.


Harrison said, “It’s just not right to judge an art teacher’s overall performance by what’s done in an English or math class.”


— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at kkissiah@civitasmedia.com.


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