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A taxing situation

If voters approve the Kershaw County School District's $130 million list of projects for Phase 2 of its facilities equalization project (FEP), property taxes will go up in Kershaw County. The question is by how much, especially since the district is also asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax that would partially offset any property tax millage increases. Both referenda will be on the ballot on Nov. 4 during the general election.

August 06, 2014 | By Jim McGowan Localife editor | Education


Feature Photo: Back to school

August 04, 2014 | | Education


Citizen committee to promote Phase 2 referenda

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Chief Financial Officer Donnie Wilson cautioned district employees and school board trustees Monday not to aid any efforts to support two referendums tied to Phase 2 of the district's facilities equalization project (FEP).

August 01, 2014 | By Jim McGowan Localife editor | Education


School board to tackle bonds, referendum

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will take up several matters relating in various ways to the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) facilities equalization plan (FEP) at a combined board and finance/facilities meeting slated for noon Tuesday.

July 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


CCTC students in fabricated crime scene for final exam

Central Carolina Technical College's CRJ 202 Criminalistics (Forensics) course is taking their final exam Tuesday July 29 at 5:30 p.m. on location at a fabricated crime scene. NCIS agent Tony Horton is the instructor. He has partnered with the Sumter Sheriff's Department and set up an area in the back of Patriot Park off of Hwy. 441 in Sumter for this exam to take place. It will be in a wooded area where students will actually use what they have learned in the classroom to process a crime scene.

July 28, 2014 | | Education


Third graders participate in summer reading program

Third graders from around Kershaw County recently completed the county's first summer reading program. Students came to Jackson School for six weeks for classes that helped them improve their reading skills.

July 23, 2014 | Tenell Felder | Education


KCSD hiring school bus drivers

The Kershaw County School District is hiring persons to be school bus drivers. Pay is based on experience and includes benefits. A training class for interested persons will be held July 28-31 at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School.

July 16, 2014 | | Education


KCSD releases 2014-15 registration information

All Kershaw County School District students and parents -- both new and returning -- should plan to attend registration later this month at their children's schools.

July 16, 2014 | | Education


Camden students win National Merit Scholarships

Two Camden students, both attending schools outside Kershaw County, are recent recipients of additional National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities.

July 16, 2014 | | Education


Exit exams no longer required for diplomas

As the result of a change in state law, South Carolina students -- including those from Kershaw County -- in the class of 2015 will no longer have to pass the state's exit exam as a requirement for graduation from high school. Starting this month, the deletion of the exit exam requirement also applies to any student in the graduating class of 1990 and later.

July 14, 2014 | | Education


Jackson returning to BES, MPES

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees on Tuesday selected former Kershaw County School District (KCSD) principal Theodore Jackson to serve as interim principal for Bethune Elementary School and Mt. Pisgah Elementary School. Jackson is following Davy Branham who moved to North Central High School as principal.

July 14, 2014 | | Education


School board approves penny sales tax

On a 6-1 vote with two members absent, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees approved a resolution Tuesday amending a proposed bond referendum that would ultimately ask voters to support a penny sales tax in order to pay for new school construction and improvements. The board also voted, 6-1, to approve the language of a second referendum listing out those projects. Trustee Kim Durant voted against both measures; trustees Don Copley and Derrick Proctor were absent.

July 11, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


KCSD scholarships at an all-time record high

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) seniors in the graduating class of 2014 earned an all-time record high amount of college scholarship money with over $11.6 million awarded.

July 09, 2014 | | Education


School board to discuss referendum language

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will continue discussions on language for a proposed Phase 2 facilities equalization referendum during its meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening.

July 07, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


Hopkins serves KCSD, Winthrop University

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) has something -- or someone -- in common with Winthrop University. KCSD Executive Director for K-12 Instruction Tim Hopkins is also a member of Winthrop's Board of Trustees. He joined the board three years ago.

July 07, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


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School News - Jan. 30, 2015

Clemson University awarded degrees to 1,300 students Dec. 18, 2014, in graduation ceremonies in Littlejohn Coliseum.

January 30, 2015 | | Education


KCSO to present Evans’ framed uniform Saturday to L-EMS

Saturday, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) will present Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (L-EMS) officials with a framed uniform shirt from Deputy Rob Evans who died unexpectedly in Nov. 2013 while directing school traffic. Evans served as the school resource officer at L-EMS for seven years and was a 14-year KCSO veteran.

January 30, 2015 | | Education


L-EHS hosts archery tournament Saturday

For many years, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) schools have done well in state and national archery tournaments. This year, they will be hosting a regional tournament where more than 350 archers and 15 schools are scheduled to compete.

January 30, 2015 | | Education


Leslie M. Stover Middle School reports honor rolls

Sixth grade

January 30, 2015 | | Education


Midway Elementary announces honor roll

Midway Elementary is announcing students on it's a and A/B honor rolls for the second nine weeks of the school year.

January 28, 2015 | | Education


WE stands for Work Experience at CCTC

A new economic development program involving businesses and industries in Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties will offer paid work experience opportunities for Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) industrial and engineering technology students. Officials announced the launch of the WE, or Work Experience, program during a press conference at CCTC's main campus Thursday.

January 26, 2015 | | Education


KCSD to focus on ‘health, safety and emergency’ repairs at schools

In November, voters rejected two referenda put on the ballot by the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) to replace or repair aging schools and other facilities. Now, the district must find ways to maintain those facilities without a $130 million bond or 1 percent sales tax it planned to use to pay for the bond.

January 26, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


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