Lexington News Briefs

Chapin Mayor Referendum Set for Nov. 4 General Election

Plus, Lexington-Richland 5 Superintendent Gets Positive Review

By Al Dozier
Monday, August 18, 2014

The referendum for voters to consider a change in the form of government in the town of Chapin will be on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, according to an announcement by Chapin Mayor Skip Wilson.

A petition drive launched by citizens opposed to Wilson’s governing style prompted the ballot proposal, which would change the government from a mayor-council form of government to a council form. If approved, the council would have more authority in the conduct of business than it does now.

Town officials were considering a Sept. 30 date for the question but Wilson said in the news release that the Nov. 4 election date would give voters more time to consider the their vote and provide a greater turnout than a special election.

The proposal will give voters an opportunity to decide if Wilson’s frequent standoff with three council members is appropriate. Council members Vivian “Bibi” Atkins, Kay Hollis and Robbie Frick have expressed concerns about Wilson’s control over the agenda of council meetings and taking actions without consulting the council. The infighting has been going on ever since Wilson took office in January.

Board Gives Superintendent Steve Hefner ‘Superior’ Rating

Lexington/Richland District 5 Superintendent Steve Hefner received a “superior” rating from the school board at the Aug. 11 meeting.

Before the review, Hefner reviewed a list of goals he set for the district a year ago and asserted that he had met them all.

He set a performance goal for the district to be among the top 10 percent of districts in Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) accountability system. Hefner said the district received an ESEA grade of “A” and was the second -highest performing district in the state. SAT scores and ACT scores exceeded the national average.

Hefner also reported meeting goals set for a five-year technology update and the implementation of new state standards. He said new facilities and renovation updates at the district’s high schools and plans for a new middle school were also achieved in keeping with his goals.

He received several compliments from board members for his leadership and the trust he has instilled in the District 5 community.

District officials said Hefner, who came to the district in 2011 after serving 16 years as superintendent of Richland District 2, will not receive a salary increase as part of the evaluation process because his contract does not require annual increases. Hefner’s salary was listed at $186,000 in reports released in 2012.

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