Our School Board

10 days ago

Todd Varner

Board Vice-chair

Seat 1

836 Cherrywood Lane

Gray Court, SC   29645

872-1049

tvarner@laurens55.org 

Cathy Little

Board Chair

Seat 2 

207 Doublebrook Drive

Laurens, SC   29360

682-8783

cclittle@laurens55.org

Neal Patterson 

Seat 3 

757 Teague Road 

Mountville, SC   29370

684-6737

wnpatterson@laurens55.org

Mike Hughes

Seat 4

332 Bucks Point Road

Laurens, SC   29360

575-3744

mhughes@laurens55.org 

Anthony Carpenter

Seat 5

414 River Street 

Laurens, SC   29360

681-0025

acarpenter@laurens55.org

Susan Ware

Seat 6

P.O. Box 545

Laurens, SC   29360

682-5902

scware@laurens55.org

Photo of Terri Martin

Bubba Rawl

Board Secretary

Seat 7

P.O. Box 869

Laurens, SC   29360

304-3042

jrawl@laurens55.org

                 


               


Percentage of trustees completing orientation requirement 

(S.C. Code of Laws, Section 59-19-45):  43%

Board of Trustees

10 days ago

Board of Trustees

A seven-member elected board of trustees governs Laurens County School District 55.  The board operates within the framework of state laws and regulations and is responsible to the community it represents and serves.  

Group photo of School Board

The board considers policy development one of its chief functions.  The board provides for the allocation of human, instructional, financial, and other resources to support the district's vision, mission, belief, and goals.  

Trustees are elected at the time of the general election of the appropriate year from each single-member election district.  They are elected by the qualified electors of the districts in which they reside and will take office on December 1.  The regular term of office for each trustee is four years.  Trustees receive no monetary compensation for service on the board.

All school board meetings will be conducted in accordance with the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act.  The board holds its regular meeting of the board in one of the school facilities or the board conference room on the fourth Monday of each month. The regularly scheduled time will be at 6:30 p.m.

Executive sessions for legally permissible matters may be scheduled prior to the public session provided the news media and public are provided proper notice of any such executive sessions.  In unusual circumstances, the board may change the date, time, and/or place of any regular meeting, upon a majority vote of the board or by agreement between the superintendent and board chairperson. 

Click here for the schedule of monthly school board meetings for 2021-2022.

Note:  The September 27, 2021, meeting has been rescheduled for September 28, 2021.

For matters relating to the board, please contact:

Lisa Wilson                 

301 Hillcrest Drive 

Laurens, SC 29360

864-984-3568

lwilson@laurens55.org



Public Participation

10 days ago

Public Participation in Board Meetings

School board meetings are not public forum meetings but are meetings held in public.  Spontaneous discussion from the audience is not permitted.  Board policy BEDH establishes the basic structure for public participation in board meetings.  

Request to Speak During Public Participation

The board will designate 15 minutes on the agenda for "Public Participation" at each regular meeting.  Each speaker is allotted a time of three minutes to address the board.  A maximum of five request forms will be accepted per regular board meeting.  

Speakers may offer objective comments on school operations and programs.  The board will not permit in public session any expression of personal complaints about school personnel nor against any person connected with the school system. 

Citizens requesting the opportunity to speak during Public Participation must complete and submit this form to the office of the superintendent no later than 12:00 noon on the day of the regular board meeting.  


Request to Address the School Board

Presentations of speakers listed on the agenda are limited to five minutes.  The board will permit a maximum of two speakers representing each side of an issue to address a topic.  Speakers may offer objective comments on school operations and programs.  The board will not permit in public session any expression of personal complaints about school personnel nor against any person connect with the school system.  

Citizens requesting to be on the agenda to address the board at a meeting must complete and submit this form to the office of the superintendent no later than 12:00 noon on the Tuesday prior to the scheduled monthly meeting of the board on the following Monday. 



By Lisa Wilson