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KCSD to hold public meetings to discuss FEP

Community members are invited to learn more about the Kershaw County School District's facility needs at a series of public meetings being held later this month and in October. Superintendent Frank Morgan and Operations Executive Director Billy Smith will hold a series of meetings across the county to explain the district's building needs, answer questions and receive suggestions.

September 11, 2013 | | Education

CCTC aiming to grow in Kershaw County

Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) opened its first campus in Kershaw County in 2001 in a former Belk's department store that now also houses the Kershaw County Government Center. CCTC President Dr. Tim Hardee said the downtown campus was "very small then." He said the goal at that point was to "serve the students of Kershaw County by getting them started (at the downtown Camden campus) and eventually move them to the Sumter campus" to complete their program of study.

September 09, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Education

NCMS dedicates new health and wellness center

"Hallelujah!"cried former Kershaw County Board of School Trustees member Carol Thompson at a ribbon cutting at North Central Middle School's (NCMS) new health and wellness center dedication Thursday evening.

September 09, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Education

School trustees update policy language

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees voted to update language to four policies affecting the board itself at its meeting Tuesday at Baron DeKalb Elementary School. The board also agreed to amend one of the four policies presented to them at its Aug. 20 meeting. The hope is that the updated policies will increase the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) chances of receiving a higher score on an Oct. 6 accreditation visit by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

September 06, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Education

Feature photo: First day of school family fun

September 04, 2013 | | Education

Feature photo: ATEC Summer Camp

Sixteen middle school students participated in the Applied Technology Education Campus's (ATEC) first summer camp in July. ATEC will host the summer camp annually to give middle school students and their parents the opportunity to familiarize themselves with what ATEC has to offer. The two-day event highlighted four ATEC programs: agriculture, commercial art, graphics and welding. ATEC Director Chet Horton said he hopes the camp participants will be ambassadors for the school by helping get the word out about the summer camp and ATEC's class options for high school students. ATEC will also offer a fall open house ...

September 04, 2013 | | Education

KCSD seniors score all-time high on ACT

Kershaw County 2013 seniors' average composite score on the ACT college entrance exam increased three-tenths of a point, reaching an all-time district high while outperforming the state's public school students in all four test areas.

September 04, 2013 | | Education

KCSD receives $400,000 USDOE counseling grant

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) recently received a nearly $400,000 U.S. Department of Education grant to expand its counseling services for elementary and middle school students. Kershaw County is the only school district in South Carolina and one of only 35 across the nation to be awarded a grant as part of a $12.3 million program to establish or expand counseling services.

September 02, 2013 | | Education

KCSD makes progress on deferred projects

Despite a rainy summer, the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) was able to make progress in completing some of their deferred maintenance projects.

September 02, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Education

USC president hopes students can earn their degrees faster

Speaking to the Camden Rotary Club on Thursday afternoon, University of South Carolina (USC) President Dr. Harris Pastides, talked about a program where students could graduate from college in three to three and half years. Pastides, who made his first public speaking appearance after becoming USC president in 2008 in front of the same Rotarians, also discussed the university's "Palmetto College," which allows students to complete their degrees online while not giving up their jobs and families.

September 02, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Education

Feature photo: Making friends

August 26, 2013 | | Education

School board focuses on goals

One of this year's most important goals for the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) is to determine how effective technology is on student achievement. It is one on a list of "ambitious" goals the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees adopted during the previous school year.

August 23, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Education

Feature photo: Making waves at DMES

Doby's Mill Elementary School kindergarteners Luke Ferris (left) and Cameron Gary of Stephanie Jones' class demonstrate a craft that they made on their first day of school. "My favorite part of the day was reading books to my class and completing several fun art projects. Their excitement about kindergarten was so evident and the constant hugs were fabulous. I am looking forward to a great year," Jones said.

August 23, 2013 | | Education

Back to School Q&A

The first day of school after summer break brings mixed emotions for students and teachers. But what about the administrators and office personnel that work behind the scenes getting so many aspects of the school ready for the upcoming year? Some of these personnel shared their insight on what they do to prepare for the school year, how they felt on the first day, and some memories from memorable first days from the past and present.

August 23, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Education

Back to school

North Central High School (NCHS) gave a special welcome to its freshman this year.

August 21, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Education

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