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Beyond $102 million

The current economic downturn brought low construction costs, allowing the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) to move forward with an ambitious $102 million Installment Purchase Plan (IPP)-funded facilities equalization plan. But it also brought a wave of criticism from county residents who grew increasingly frustrated with seeing new school construction at the same time the district laid off teachers, slashed National Board Certification (NBC) stipends and enacted districtwide furloughs.

November 30, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Education


The story of $102 million

When Dr. Frank Morgan applied for the superintendent position with the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) in February 2007, he spent a weekend driving around the county looking at the school district's facilities. The real surprise when he pulled up to one of the county's high school's was not what he found, but what he didn't find.

November 28, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Education


A champion for education dollars

Robert Price is an ordinary Kershaw County citizen.

November 25, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Education


Chamber playing Santa with toy, food drive

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce will host a toy and food drive during its Business After Hours social in December for chamber members. Chamber Executive Director Liz Horton made the announcement during a brief board meeting Nov. 16.

November 23, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Business


KCSD board determines stance on state education issues

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees unanimously approved a list of five legislative positions to address with the 2012 general assembly – all of which include the board's views on public education issues ranging from funding reform for K-12 education to vouchers and tax credits.

November 21, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Education


Merger may be answer to aging schools

A new elementary school could be built to replace two in the West Wateree area.

November 18, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Education


KCSD's Slayman a finalist for Chester job

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Executive Director for Secondary Education Dr. Agnes Slayman is a finalist for the Chester County School District superintendent position, according to the school district's interim superintendent John Taylor.

November 18, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Education


Moving on

Nearly three years ago, I sat down at my laptop to write my first column for the Chronicle-Independent.

November 18, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Doggone trouble

When Ward Ratz lost his job at Swisher Hygiene nearly two years ago, he was left with no source of income, no retirement and no pension.

November 16, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Camden


Let’s have a real Thanksgiving

It's been nearly two weeks since Halloween.

November 11, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Columns


Wanted: a few good pastures

In 1982, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) set out on an ambitious mission -- to save retired racehorses of a lifetime of possible neglect, abuse and slaughter.

November 09, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Equine


School board approves INVISTA tax settlement

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees unanimously voted Tuesday to approve the terms of a settlement in a years-long tax dispute between Kershaw County and INVISTA.

November 07, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Education


Morgan's contract extended to 2016

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan's contract has been extended an additional two years. The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees on Tuesday approved extending the contract from June 30, 2014, to June 30, 2016. The 7-2 vote, with trustees Nissary Wood and Dr. Don Copley opposed, followed an executive session.

November 04, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Education


Rollins leaving LHPC after 27 years as pastor

For Gene Rollins, it all began when he got the mumps.

November 02, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Miscellaneous


Chamber gears up for Dec. 10 parade

It's almost time for the 2011 Kershaw County Christmas Parade.

October 31, 2011 | Ashley Ford | Business


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