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Posted: July 15, 2014 3:03 p.m.
Updated: July 16, 2014 5:00 a.m.

School district to use Lexington County plan for teacher evaluations

In order to meet the requirements of the Education Improvement Act, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees agreed Thursday night to use a teacher evaluation instrument form Lexington County School District 5 for the coming school year.

According to Mary Jones, director of instruction, there is not enough time before the beginning of school for Kershaw County to develop an evaluation process which would meet all the requirements of the act.

The Education Improvement Act requires ongoing evaluation for provisional (first year) teachers, as well as evaluation of annual contract teachers and continuing contract teachers.

Jones said Kershaw County schools had its own evaluation program for provisional teachers, but had not developed one for the other categories of teachers.

She said there would be an in-service workshop July 23 for the administrative staff and at least one teacher from each school for training personnel in administering the Lexington County instrument for next year.

United Way volunteers set for charity drive

The United Way of Kershaw County is gearing up for its annual charity drive, and Brownie Price, the organization’s executive secretary, said it wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers.

“I would hate to even venture a guess as to how much time they (the volunteers) spend on the campaign,” she said. “If we didn’t have them, we wouldn’t have any money.”

With the exception of Price, the United Way of Kershaw County is an all-volunteer organization. The volunteer leaders come from all segments of the community.

“It takes a lot of dedication,” Price said. “They put it all together and come up with the campaign. There would be no campaign without them.”

The United Way’s philosophy is to let local people run the campaign and the organization, Price said, since almost all the money is allocated locally.

Camden Music Club reorganizes, changes name

A group of Camden music enthusiasts has decided it’s time to re-score their organization. The former Camden Music Club has decided not only to recompose its structure, but its title as well.

The Camden Music Club is now the Camden Music Association. The lyrics may be changed, but the melody lingers on.

“We have expanded so much in the last several years, we have developed into more of concert association,” President Mary Ellen Jordan said. “We’re not just little old ladies who sit around and listen to Mozart.”

Determined to rid itself of the social club image, the active organization hopes to attract new members to help with its many projects.

Those projects range from making arrangement for professional concerts to handling the logistics of the Fine Arts Center School Arts Development Project to acquiring qualified judges for its annual Brevard Scholarship Competition.

Membership in the association is “open to anybody. You don’t have to be musical at all,” Jordan said.

Federal Highway Administration approves widening U.S. 521 in Dusty Bend

The state highway department has received location and design approval from the Federal Highway Administration for the proposed widening of U.S. 521 in Dusty Bend.

According to Jim Brice, primary engineer with the South Carolina Department of Highways and Public Transportation, approval from the agency is the next step after a public hearing before beginning right-of-way acquisition.

However, Brice said he does not expect right-of-way acquisition to begin before mid or late 1985.

The proposed $1.2 million project on one mile of U.S. 521 would extend four lanes from Dicey Ford Road north to Firetower Road. It would place sidewalks on both sides of the road and provide left-hand turn lanes at the intersection of 521 and Knight’s Hill Road and at the stoplight in between North Town Square and Camden Plaza.


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