Career center gets legal advice

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Jonathan Vickery - Staff Writer

After taking a month off for the holidays, the Barnwell County Career Center board returned Jan. 14 to a busy slate.
The board met with their attorney in closed session to receive legal advice about school fees, an issue the board has recently expressed an interest in possibly changing. Currently, the three public school districts pay a lump sum each year for their students to attend the BCCC while private and home schools do not. No action was taken.
The board did not have a second closed session as originally planned to discuss McKay's evaluation. The matter was postponed until the Feb. 24 meeting.
With the school preparing for its accreditation with AdvancEd, Dr. Terry Pruitt, a AdvancEd consultant hired by the board, spoke on what to expect in the coming months. He told them they will be interviewed by the accreditation team as part of the process. To help them prepare, Pruitt gave BCCC Director Sam McKay a list of sample questions the board could be asked.
Following their March 3-4 visit, the accreditation team will recommend whether or not the school should be accredited and any areas of weakness.
While accreditation through the state is mandatory, McKay said the global accreditation through AdvancEd is not. Districts 19 and 45 recently gained district accreditation with AdvancEd.
The board also approved a new three-year contract for their auditor, Dooley & Company out of Columbia. McKay said the price, which is now $8,000 annually, went up some.