Fairfield candidates have their say

WINNSBORO – A virtual candidate forum organized by Nocola Hemphill for the SC Democratic Black Caucus, Fairfield Chapter, was held Oct. 1, and attended by two write-in candidates for county council, an unopposed candidate for the school board and the county’s incumbent sheriff Will Montgomery. The two-hour forum was moderated by Hemphill, attorney Natasha Pauling […]

Candidates file for council, school board

WINNSBORO – Nine candidates have filed for three seats on Fairfield County Council and five have filed for three seats on the Fairfield County School Board. County Council Incumbent Jimmy Ray Douglas is running for re-election to his council seat as he seeks to continue serving District 2. Douglas is finishing his first term on […]

FCSD Board faces $2.7M shortfall

WINNSBORO – The Fairfield County School Board followed up last weeks’ mostly inaudible discussion of an impending $2.7 million shortfall in next year’s budget with a presentation on the 2020-2021 budget at Tuesday night’s regular board meeting. Kevin Robinson, the district’s chief financial officer, said staff would likely bring a continuing resolution for board consideration […]

FCSD reverses MOU’s exclusions

WINNSBORO – Another alteration has been made to the Fairfield County Promise Program, which aims to allow Fairfield students to attend college at Midlands Technical College at no cost to them.  At the Nov. 19 meeting, the school district’s board of trustees voted on a second amended Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU, that clarifies eligibility […]

FCSD bans board’s contacts

WINNSBORO – Shortly after the Fairfield County School Board passed a policy prohibiting school board members from communicating electronically during board meetings, one member took to his cell phone.  Board chairman William Frick didn’t appear to take notice or say anything as he briefed the board on some updates and announcements. A routine vote to […]

School Board spars over new policies

Hartman: Proposed Policies are Attempt to Control Information, Shut Down Dissent WINNSBORO – The Fairfield County School District is taking steps some trustees say are designed to muzzle anyone offering alternative viewpoints. At Tuesday night’s monthly meeting, the Fairfield board passed first reading of a pair of policies – one a revision and one a […]

Hartman’s questions unanswered by Frick, Green

WINNSBORO – After praising the Fairfield School District Honors Chorus’ recent trip to Italy, school officials couldn’t answer questions about how much the trip cost, how many people actually went or questions about funding. At Tuesday night’s board meeting, when pressed by board trustee Paula Hartman for participation and cost figures, Superintendent Dr. J.R. Green […]

School board votes to approve the Promise

WINNSBORO – The Fairfield County Board of Trustees voted 6-0 Tuesday night to approve a detailed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), pledging the district’s participation and $75,000 in taxpayer money to launch the program in Fairfield County. Trustee Paula Hartman abstained. Fairfield County Council has budgeted, but not yet awarded, an additional $75,000 for the Promise […]

Seibles files for Dist. 4 board seat

WINNSBORO – Former Geiger Elementary principal Joe Seibles has filed for the Fairfield County District 4 school board seat vacated by Annie McDaniels in November. McDaniels was elected to the SC House of Representatives (Dist. 4), replacing MaryGail Douglas. The school board election is set for March 5, 2019. Filing closed Jan. 4, according to […]

Super’s evaluation documents incomplete

Salary Info Obtained With FOI Request WINNSBORO – Fairfield County school board members voted to extend Superintendent Dr. J.R. Green’s contract another year, but individual evaluations remain shrouded in secrecy. The district, which has a $43 million budget and whose millage is more than half of a typical property tax bill, released only four evaluations […]