The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will meet tonight at Jackson Elementary School at 6 p.m. Among the items on the short agenda include having the board waive a fifth make-up day due to the effects of October 2015's historic flooding.
On March 3, 2011, the S.C. General Assembly adopted a joint resolution of the state House and Senate honoring M. Andrew "Andy" James for his 34 years of "outstanding service" to the people of South Carolina.
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College (O-CTC) student Ashley Drummond, of Lugoff, has been named to South Carolina's 2016 Phi Theta Kappa All-State Academic Team. She was one of 35 S.C. Technical College System students to be honored during a March 2 award ceremony at the Capital City Club in Columbia.
Pine Tree Hill Elementary School (PTHS) Principal Melissa Royalty (center) celebrates being named the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) 2016 Principal of the Year recently. School and district administrators voted to select Royalty, who has served as PTHS' principal since 2013. Earlier this school year, the Kershaw County Reading Council named Royalty the 2015-16 Kershaw County Reading Principal of the Year. Joining her are her husband Ken (left) and KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan. Royalty will be formally recognized April 21 at the school district's Teacher of the Year Gala.
Jennifer Gibson, a library assistant at North Central Middle School (NCMS) and North Central High School (NCHS), has been named the Media Paraprofessional of the Year by the S.C. Association of School Librarians (SCASL).
Just like all other 3rd through 8th grade students in the Kershaw County School District (KCSD), special needs students in those grades will take two new standardized tests this year. Unlike for other standardized tests, however, special needs students -- in fact, any student with an Individual Education Program (IEP) -- will not be allowed some of the accommodations they normally have while taking them.
The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will get an overview of how the state's student testing program has changed during the last 10 years, including a look at how students are being assessed in the current school year.
Back in April 2015, ALPHA Center Executive Director Paul Napper introduced a program called "Hidden Heroes" which would enable Renee Thompson's special needs students at Camden Elementary School (CES) to not only be more engaged in their learning, but with the outside world as well.
Speaking as individual citizens, Camden City Councilman Jeffrey Graham and United Way of Kershaw County President Donny Supplee urged members of the Kershaw County Board of Trustees to find a way to expand its 4K offerings from half-day to full-day programs. Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Executive Director for K-12 Instruction Tim Hopkins also addressed trustees, indicating it not only cost more money to do so, but will actually serve fewer students. The topic came up during the board's March 1 meeting, a week ago.