Super’s evaluation form gets mixed reviews

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County Superintendent Dr. J.R. Green received another round of positive reviews on his annual evaluation, the district’s Board of Trustees’ chairman recently during the school board meeting last week. Completed evaluation forms from individual board members, which typically include comments about the superintendent’s performance, were not made available as of press time. […]

Supers take home top pay, benefits

COLUMBIA – Public education isn’t the most profitable profession in South Carolina. For a select few, however, the field can be quite lucrative. In a state where the governor earns $106,078 a year and agency heads like the state superintendent of education make $92,007, many district level school superintendents rake in two to three times […]

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 […]

EOC Director responds to Green’s criticism

WINNSBORO – Instead of attacking school report cards, the Fairfield County School District leaders should be tackling ways to improve student achievement, according to a leading state education official. “Rather than complaining about the system, the best thing we can do is think about how we can improve the outcomes for kids,” said Melanie Barton, […]

Green, Douglas spar over millage

WINNSBORO – They came to tout their successes as governmental agencies. But an emerging kerfuffle over the distribution of property tax revenues quickly became the focal point at a Fairfield County intergovernmental meeting Monday. At the previous week’s council meeting, Councilman Jimmy Ray Douglas publicly called out the Fairfield County School District, saying that the […]

McCrorey-Liston cafeteria named for Eugenia Wilson

BLAIR – More than a hundred people gathered on Friday in the McCrorey-Liston Cafeteria to honor Eugenia G. Wilson for her years of service in the school’s cafeteria. School Principal Chandra Bell said Wilson “was the matriarch of the school.” She also recalled Wilson’s oft-repeated mantra – “It’s all about the children.” Many of those […]

FCSD salary debate grows testy

WINNSBORO – Once again questions over compensation arose during the Fairfield County School District board meeting. And once again, discussions got thorny at times. For nearly 40 minutes, board member Annie McDaniel sparred with Superintendent Dr. J.R. Green and board chairman William Frick over district salaries during the July meeting. At one point, McDaniel, who […]

Board votes 2-1 for minimum salaries

WINNSBORO – It’s rare when a major school budget measure passes by a 2-1 vote, but that’s exactly what happened at a recent board meeting. On June 5, the Fairfield County Board of Trustees voted 2-1 on a motion directing Superintendent Dr. J.R. Green to develop options in which no district employee makes less than […]

School budget talks heat up

WINNSBORO – An apparently routine budget vote turned into a heated debate about how to address salaries in the Fairfield County School District. During discussion of the proposed $41.3 million budget, trustee Annie McDaniel said she wanted a deeper discussion about increasing salaries for support staff, some of whom she said make less than $20,000 […]

Expanding Horizons

WASHINGTON – The Griffin Bow Tie Club took a brief weekend trip to Washington D.C. as a culminating activity based on one of the mentoring club’s five beliefs, that a man should be well-traveled. Superintendent Dr. J.R. Green said the trip provided tremendous exposure for the students as many of the opportunities were first time […]