The Herald Bulletin

Overnight Update

Local Education

August 14, 2013

ACS expects $1 million surplus in 2014

Board to vote on it next month

(Continued)

Brown also proposed a $10 million capital projects fund and $200,000 for the replacement of two school buses.

The board will vote on the budget at the next school board meeting on Sept. 10.

Outgoing Superintendent Felix Chow, who will step down Aug. 30, gave his state of the district address where he talked about changes made in his three years as superintendent, such as an improved graduation rate — 83 percent graduated in 2013 — and slight improvements in ISTEP scores.

He also talked about the challenges the district still faces, such as legislative changes. This year, he said, is to be spent focusing on improving instruction and increasing student motivation.

"In a way I'm saying goodbye to the school district and in a way I'm not," he said. "To a degree, if the model I've formed, the direction I've set is still used by the school district, like it or not, I'll be here with you in spirit for a long time."

The school board and Anderson Federation of Teachers thanked Chow for his leadership.

"To us, his legacy will be making tangible and meaningful decisions for our students," Parent Advisory Council President Cammie Slaven said.

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The ACS board also approved a $1.8 million bid from Lehman's Contractors for a renovation project at Highland Middle School, congratulated the Marching Highlanders on their fourth place in the Sweet 16 at the State Fair's Band Day and recognized Joe Kirkpatrick, who placed 33 out of 274 in the national spelling bee.

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