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KCSD unveils new mobile app

Posted: December 10, 2015 5:26 p.m.
Updated: December 11, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) unveiled a new mobile app at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees. The app, a free download, gives users quick and easy access to school and district information, news and notifications. It is available for use on Apple and Android products.

“An app is a shortcut in the world of mobile technology that allows you to go straight into a website. It can get you to the most popular areas in a website … You can get your news here, see the calendar or link to our social media site. You can also get notifications and information on school closings,” KCSD Director of Communications Mary Anne Byrd said.

Along with its features, the app allows users to prioritize news based on specific schools. 

“The app will ask you which schools you are interested in. You can follow all 20 schools or just one or two. You can customize which schools you want to follow,” Byrd said. 

The app also gives users access to teacher contact information and homework assignments. Another feature provides a quick “school finder” option letting a user know which schools a certain house is zoned for. 

For parents who sign in with a Parent Portal Account, the app will display information on the children listed under that account. Parents will be able to see their student’s cafeteria balance, and class grades which are updated daily. 

Notifications to alert parents to a low cafeteria balance or grade can also be set.  

Residents can download the app from either the iTunes or Google mobile stores by searching for Kershaw County School District.

“We wanted to have a mobile app for a while now, particularly after we did an online registration and saw how our parents responded well to doing that online,” Byrd said. 

Also during Tuesday’s board meeting, KCSD Special Education Director Tarrance McGovern reported on the district’s special education transition programs. Before the presentation, KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan said needs for the program would be considered in upcoming discussions.  

“We will be looking at budgets, and special education transition will be one area to look at. We want to start looking at plans and considering what resources we might want to start phasing in for future budgets,” Morgan said. “The purpose of this report is to give you an update on what they are doing and also to lay some ground work for some things we need to discuss in the March, April, May time frame.” 

McGovern presented information regarding Indicator 13.

“Indicator 13 is the percent of youth with IEPs (individualized education plans) aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable post secondary goals and annual goals related to the student’s transitional needs.” McGovern said.

Special education transition is working towards scheduling a transitions fair to connect outside agencies with students and families who might benefit from their services.

“We have lots of agencies and businesses in Kershaw County that can provide experience for our students … we want to build those relationships,” KCSD Interagency Transition Team Chairperson Lisa Carter said.

After the presentation, McGovern asked the board to consider establishing a transition coordinator for the district or adding a job coach at each high school; funding for transition curriculum and assessments; and a dedicated activity bus to transport students to work experiences.

The board asked Morgan to estimate the costs of the considerations for the project.

Trustee Dr. Charles King II commended the program.

“We’ve always had special needs children on site and some have become permanent employees and exemplary in all aspects of life. I highly encourage what you all are attempting to do,” King said.  

Also Tuesday, and as part of the board’s continuing discussion on facility needs, trustees voted to consider the following facility renovations:

• adding six classrooms each to Doby’s Mill Elementary School, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School and Stover Middle School;

• adding four classrooms at North Central Middle School;

• replacing Camden, Lugoff and Wateree elementary schools; and

• renovations of Camden, Lugoff-Elgin and North Central high schools.

Trustees postponed discussion on developing a timeline or getting costs and figures for the projects.

In other business Tuesday, the board approved a proposed 2016-2017 school year calendar, and Trustee Shirley Halley reported on the recent S.C. School Board Association legislative conference.


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