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School Board discusses crosswalk safety


Traffic at the intersection of Mighty Cougar Drive and Highway 15 north gets busy before and after school.

The Colleton County Board of Education discussed traffic safety issues at Colleton County High School during a September 11 committee of the whole meeting.Board Chairman William Dixon asked if there were any regulations regarding Colleton County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers directing traffic in front of schools. Superintendant Leila Williams responded that the officers do sometimes direct traffic.

P.A. Pournell stated that traffic is a problem at Colleton County Hugh School (CCHS).  “The traffic back-up is an accident waiting to happen,” he said. Williams noted that the board asked for a regulation red, yellow, and green light at the intersection, but the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) installed flashing yellow lights at about 100 yards away from the intersection in both lanes instead.

Barnes note that, if School Resource Officers are present at the schools, “they need to be doing something” when it comes to problems with traffic.

Mark Nesbitt of the SCDOT’s District Office in Columbia said Tuesday that engineers at the department conducted a study of the intersection in questioned and determined that a standard traffic light was not necessary.

 In other business:

–The Board indicated they have reached an understanding on issues involving a welding program at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, and are close to an understanding on a machine tool program at the school. Board member Barnes asked if TCTC officials were collaborating with Boeing Plant in Charleston concerning employment after graduation from the welding class. “Maybe we can channel Boeing towards our program to give them some kind of a leg up,” he said. Williams responded that some graduates have gotten positions at Boeing after graduating.

–Council conferred over the District’s implementation the ‘BackPack Buddies Program, which provides food to local children in need. Board member Paul Haase called the endeavor “a great program.”

The Lowcountry Food Bank’s BackPack Buddies Program began in 2006 and is a national program through that agency’s partner, Feeding America. The BackPack Buddies Program provides nutritious weekend food support for chronically food insecure children, said Vice-President of Development and Communications Miriam Coombs.The Lowcountry Food Bank currently administers the BackPack Buddies program at nearly 50 schools throughout our service area (the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina), serving over 2,900 children a week.”

The Lowcountry Food Bank currently serves 205 children per week in Colleton County through the BackPack Buddies program.  The Lowcountry Food Bank partners with both Bells and Hendersonville Elementary Schools to administer the program.  “We are actively seeking to expand our childhood hunger programs throughout Colleton County” Coombs noted.

–Two CCHS students told board members about highlights of a school trip to France and Italy. Five chaperones and eight students visited the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and The Louvre, along with other sites, in France. In Italy, students visited the cities of Florence and Rome, and also toured the Vatican and the Coliseum.

–The School District’s Building and Grounds Department performed preventive and general maintenance was conducted at Bells Elementary School, Black Street Early Childhood Development Center, Colleton Annex Learning Center, Colleton County High School, Colleton County Middle School, Cottageville Elementary School, the Colleton County School District Office, Edisto Beach Elementary School, Forest Hills Elementary School, Hendersonville Elementary School, Northside Elementary School, and the Technical College of the Lowcountry.