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2018 seniors received $14 million in scholarships

Posted: August 6, 2018 5:02 p.m.
Updated: August 7, 2018 1:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) and the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will be celebrating a milestone tonight: the largest total of scholarships awarded to seniors in the 11 years since it began tracking such numbers.

According to information included with tonight’s proposed school board agenda, back in 2007, the combined graduating class of 541 students received more than $4.8 million in scholarships.

This year, the 681 seniors who graduated from the district received $14.03 million in scholarships. Lugoff-Elgin High School led the way with 394 graduates receiving $8.73 million in scholarship. Camden High School followed with 203 graduates and $4.02 million in scholarships. North Central High School saw 84 graduates received $1.28 million in scholarships.

A year ago, 671 graduates received scholarships totaling $12.41 million.

KCSD Director of Communications Mary Anne Byrd will make the report to the board.

Also during tonight’s meeting, Byrd, along with KCSD Executive Director for K-12 Instruction Dr. Alisa Taylor and Special Services Director Tarry McGovern will present information on several policies that need to be updated for the new school year, which starts Aug. 20.

The proposed would:

• allow the school district to charge summer school fees on a prorated basis in terms of eligibility for free and reduced price meals, which is the same type of schedule the district uses for an incidental fee charges to students;

• clarify the district’s class credit recovery policy to record a student’s grade received in a credit recovery course, which is designed to be GPA-neutral; and

• adopt the state’s creation of the S.C. Employability Credential, which will provide alternative, equitable job-readiness opportunities for students with disabilities, ensuring they have evidence of employability skills and honor the work undertaken in public schools.

The employability credential would not restrict such students from obtaining a high school diploma.

Trustees will vote on whether to approve these changes at their Aug. 21 meeting.

Also tonight, the board will consider facility requests from Highway Church Camp and New Life Temple of Praise; receive an opening of school update from Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins; receive an update on 2016 referenda-approved construction projects; and enter executive session to discuss employment matters.

Today’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the KCSD offices, 2029 West DeKalb St. in Camden, and is open to the public.



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