In The Hard Copy - 04-15-2009

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Joyce M. Searson, Publisher

Over 100 kids participated in Saturday’s Easter Egg Hunt at the Ness Sports complex that was sponsored by the Bamberg First Baptist Church. The Easter Bunny, after hiding all the eggs, was there for all the kids to enjoy and to have their picture made with him. Before the hunt, everyone enjoyed a puppet show put on by the kids telling the story of Christ’s crucifixion.

Following is a list of Saturday’s egg hunt winners.

Winners in the 2 & 3 year olds:
- 1st place – Scarlet Rudd,
- 2nd place - Haden Fanning,
- 3rd place tie – Gage Boykin & Ky’aish Holman,
- 4th place – Alex Pace,
- Golden Egg – Pedro Jones.

Winners in the 4 year olds - K5:
- 1st place – Breonna Lamar,
- 2nd place – Christian Sanders,
- 3rd place tie – Jamison Hewitt & Colby Hiers,
- 4th place – Howard Fanning,
- Golden Egg – Kade Grantham.

Winners in the 1st & 2nd grade:
- 1st place – Zyan Clark,
- 2nd place – Belle Crosby,
- 3rd place – Payton Osborne,
- 4th place – Payne Osborne,
- Golden Egg – Belle Crosby.

Winners in the 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade:
- 1st place – Milo Dickson,
- 2nd place – Miranda Costa,
- 3rd place – Raven Stokes,
- 4th place – Tatyana Squires,
- Golden Egg – Hayden Scharber.

The winner of the “Guess How Many Jellybeans” was Howard Fanning.

Bamberg School District One Board

Jerry Durgan, Contributing Writer

“What we are doing in terms of discipline in our schools may not always be working,” Superintendent Phyllis Schwarting told the Board of Trustees last week. After spending a day learning about a program called “Positive Intervention and Support,” she’s asked to board to consider implementing such a program in the district. “I’ve asked the schools’ principals to meet with their faculty and staff to get a feel of what their response might be to such an approach. “When we (the school principals and the superintendent) decided to attend a meeting about the process, we were not very enthusiastic, but we wanted to know more about it. After five hours of presentations, we became far more optimistic about it. This,” she said, “is a disciplinary approach from a positive angle. From all of the schools who have participated in this, disciplinary referrals have dropped significantly, some by more than 50 percent. The process is not expensive at all,” she explained, “training is free.”

Trustee Rita Sease commented, “Our veteran teachers have always used a positive approach to student behavior. It does work. (The Positive Intervention and Support) process does work,” she said. “It’s an excellent program. The training is extensive, and it takes one hundred percent of the faculty and staff to participate, from the school administration to the bus drivers. I would love to see the district involved with this.”

Referring to a graphic chart, Supt. Schwarting explained that “about 15% of the student body are referred to the office two to five times for various infractions. 90% of administration time on behavior involves only about 5% of the students but this is significant. The premise of the process,” she said, “is ‘Respect yourself, Respect others,, and Respect Property.’ When this is done, there are no behaviors we need to be concered with.”

Commenting on any ‘stimulus money’ that may come to the schools, Schwarting said that “We have no idea of what is going on with the stimulus money – we get conflicting points of view every day. I feel like we’re going to get some of it, (but) I don’t know how much, or when, or how we are supposed to get it. I can tell you that we are in an area of serious financial concern. There is something called ‘Qualified Zone Academy Bonds,’ that will be issued in 2009 and 2010, that allows districts to borrow money from participating banks at zero percent interest. But I don’t know if we qualify or not. It requires a partnership with public/private business or charity.”

She stated that she received a letter from Sen. Brad Hutto that the state will receive approximately $50 million allocated to public entities for energy efficient projects – we know the money is coming – it is not a competitive grant – I’m assuming that it will be based on free and reduced lunch population. We will have to apply for that money. It’s going to shortly be made available, with the balance due to us in June.”