The Aiken County Board of Education will be getting a change of scenery with its next meeting on Feb. 27.
The board voted unanimously on Tuesday night to hold some future meetings throughout the county instead of the school system’s headquarters on Brookhaven Drive in Aiken. The proposal was initially met with some concerns from board members but many offered solutions to those concerns.
“If parents in North Augusta have some concerns and want to come to the meeting and the meeting is in Wagener, that might deter them from coming,” school board member Sandra Shealey said.
She added that having the meeting at different locations may be confusing for people who want to attend meetings and was concerned about how the changes would be communicated.
“I think this is a great central location that we have right now,” she added.
Long-time board member Rosemary English said the format has been used in the past and the board did have some logistical issues with it, but said that it is beneficial to the community.
Board member Wesley Hightower requested that budget meetings and other major meetings be held at the central office to reach as many people as possible.
“This is something we have talked about for a number of years and I’m excited to see it come to fruition,” board member Keith Liner said. He suggested putting the meeting locations on the school calendar to keep the community informed.
Board chairman Levi Green wanted to make it clear that the board would not be abandoning its central location in Aiken. The boardroom where it meets is used for other meetings and gatherings throughout the year.
The proposed schedule has meetings at four Aiken County high schools from Feb. 27 to April 17 but more will be scheduled in the future.