Candidates vie for positions on District One School Board

Published 11:55 pm Thursday, October 31, 2013

Eight candidates will vie for five seats in the School Board election for District One in Spartanburg County, S.C. on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Hugh Burnett, a school board member with 16 years of experience, decided not to run for re-election.

Ronnie Blackwell, Don Denton, Mark Holden and Brian Keim will have their names on the ballot, as will incumbents Henry Gramling, Harry McMillan, Mark Rollins and Michael Smith.

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District One includes Campobello, Gowensville, Landrum and Inman, plus the communities of New Prospect, Holly Springs, Motlow and Gramling. Regular meetings of the nine-member Board of Trustees occur at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at the District One Schools Administrative Office at 121 Wheeler Street, Campobello.

The school board will make decisions about more than 500 teachers and more than 5,000 students in five elementary schools, one intermediate school, two middle schools, two high schools, and the H.B. Swofford Career Center.

These schools have earned full accreditation by the SC Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

The district attained a rating of “Excellent,” the highest possible overall rating for student achievement, for 2010-2011. District One ranked in the top two percent of districts with similar demographics.