UNION COUNTY — After 30 years of leasing it from the Union County School District Union County now owns the Old West Springs School property and could soon own the Cross Keys Ballfield it has also been leasing from the district.
The Union County Board of School Trustees voted unanimously Monday to transfer ownership of the Old West Springs School property from the district to the county.
Finance Director Lynn Lawson said that the county has leased the property — which is located on West Springs Ballpark Road in the West Springs Community — for the past 30 years and has maintained it during that time. Lawson said that the county requested the district transfer ownership of the property — which includes the old school building, which now serves as the West Springs Community Center, and the West Springs Ballpark — as part of its plans to make improvements to the site. He said it is his understanding that the funding the county is seeking to make those improvements requires it to have ownership of the property.
Union County Supervisor Frank Hart said that the county has applied for and received a $23,000 state grant to build picnic facilities at the site. Hart thanked State Rep. Mike Anthony and State Sens. Shane Martin, Harvey Peeler, and Ronnie Cromer for their roles in helping the county secure the grant. He also thanked the school board and the district administration for completing the transfer of the property which enabled the county to obtain the grant.
In addition to transferring the Old West Springs School property to the county, Lawson said the board is considering transferring the Cross Keys Baseball Field to the county as well. Lawson said the ball field is located on some old school property which, like the Old West Spring School site, the county has been leasing and maintaining for many years. He said the county did not request this transfer, but the board is looking at transferring ownership of the Cross Keys Baseball Field to the county like it did the Old West Springs School property.
Lawson said that while the board is considering the transfer, it delayed taking action on it Monday night. He said this was to give the district time to find a copy of the lease agreement between the district and the county covering the property and check its terms.
In other business, the board also voted unanimously to select the law firm of Boykin & Davis, LLC to be the district’s attorney.
Diploma Request Approved
The board also voted unanimously to approve a request for a diploma made under Act 155 (207).
Chief Academic Officer Cindy Langley said that Act 155 (207) enables individuals who completed all the course work for a diploma but did not pass the exit exam to apply for a diploma. Langley said that when the State Legislature eliminated the exit exam requirement for graduation, they made it retroactive enabling those who did not previously get their diploma to apply for one.
Anyone wanting to get the diploma who qualifies under Act 155 (207) should contact Langley at 864-429-1740, Extension 140.
The board also voted unanimously to approve the hiring of the following personnel for the following positions:
• Donna Lange — Teacher at Buffalo Elementary School
• Brandee Wilkie — Special Education Assistant at Buffalo Elementary School
• Timothy Tyler — Chorus Teacher at Sims Middle School
• Nathan Ludwick – Media Specialist at Sims Middle School
• Brian Robson — Social Studies Teacher at Sims Middle School
The board also voted unanimously to approve the following field trips:
• Union County High School Football Team to Football Camp in Loris, S.C., August 1-4.
• Union County High School GT Drama Class to New York City, March 31-April 4, 2018.
• Sims Middle School 7th and 8th grades to Kennedy Space Center, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Magic Kingdom, April 22-26, 2018.
• Union County High School Wrestling Team to Summer Wrestling Camp at Newberry College, June 28-30.
• CATE students to the South Carolina FFA Leadership Camp, July 31-August 4.
• Union County High School JROTC to the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge Summer Camp in Fort Jackson, S.C., June 4-10.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.