After a three-week search, Greenwood County School District 51 has hired a principal to lead its primary school.
Jason Morrison comes to the district from North Augusta Middle School, where he was most recently assistant principal. He worked in District 50’s Brewer Middle School for 11 years, Superintendent Fay Sprouse said.
Morrison will replace Debbie Bishop, who will lead neighboring District 50’s Department of Special Services.
In other business, the board approved the budget for the 2019-20 school year at their monthly meeting Monday night.
As in other districts, teachers will be receiving a state-funded 4% raise. Support staff will receive a 2% raise, and each district employee, returning and new, will be given a $1,500 bonus, which is to come out of the district’s fund balance.
Sprouse said revenues in the about $8.5 million 2019-20 budget are up 4% from last year while expenditures are up 3%.
The board also approved the purchase of an activity bus for just less than $100,000, Sprouse said. Almost half of the cost will come from painting the bus the district’s colors, a decision the board made at Monday’s meeting.
Sprouse also gave trustees an update on the district’s summer school, which is serving about 40 primary school students, 20 middle school students and 15 high school students.
At the middle and high school levels, summer school is operating on a half-day basis through June.