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Land donation to aid North Central area

Posted: September 20, 2012 8:43 p.m.
Updated: September 21, 2012 5:00 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Kershaw County School District/

The Kershaw County School Board recognized Leonard Price for his donation of 25-acres of land near North Central Middle and North Central High. The land may be the future site of an elementary school and recreation site. Pictured left to right are Board member Jim Smith, Board vice chairperson Kim DuRant, Superintendent Frank Morgan, Board Chairperson Mara Jones, Price, Board Chaplain Carol Thompson and Price’s daughter, Kathy Stitt.

Kershaw County School District Board of Trustees (KCSB) recognized North Central-area resident Leonard Price for another “generous” donation to the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) at their board meeting on Tuesday night. 

“[In] his most recent of many donations” to KCSD, Price donated 25 acres of land near North Central Middle (NCMS) and North Central High (NCHS), KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan said during the board meeting.

“This donation is extremely generous and will possibly impact hundreds of families in the north central area, for many years to come. It would make an ideal setting for an elementary school in the future; in addition the acreage will lend itself to recreational uses.”

Although the idea will be a “topic up for discussion” in the future, there are currently no plans for the elementary school, KCSD’s Director of Communications Mary Anne Byrd said.

“We aren’t there yet,” Byrd said. “If there were to be an elementary school there, we would want recreational activities there. When you plan for a school, you plan for the best use of the land,” she said. 

Trustees have been reviewing school facilities over the past year as a part of the discussion of Phase II of their facilities equalization plan. The public will know what the land is used for before a public referendum, Byrd said. Morgan previously noted that when the board develops a Phase II proposal, they will hold community meetings in each school for additional input and work toward a referendum.

In the mean time, the board is grateful to Price for his support of KCSD.

 “He feels strongly about education. He feels that if you reside in a community, you need to give back to the degree that you are able,” Kathy Price Stitt, Price’s daughter, said. “Education is dear to his heart,” she added, after mentioning that Price’s mother was a teacher.

KCSB Vice-Chair Kim Horton Durant said the community is blessed to have someone like Price in their area.

“As a KCSB member I am thankful, but … I’m thankful as a mother of two daughters who attend North Central area schools,” she said.

Price has donated an athletic/agricultural science storage building to NCHS this year; donated funds that helped NCHS cheerleaders get to the Orange Bowl game in 2009; he helped purchase new soccer cleats in 2010; has allowed the NCHS Skeet Team to use his property for clay shooting practice; and allowed students to take fruit from his land to sell in order to pay for their athletic fees.

Price also donated the NCMS sign, when the middle school was first built, and donated around $2,500 to the middle school’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) program. He also allowed NCMS’s faculty to use his land for staff development for the DNR program.


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