Approximately 800 teachers returned to Kershaw County schools or joined them for the first time this week, not only preparing their classrooms, but preparing themselves for a new school year. Students will return to classes Monday.
Bethune Town Councilman Don Witham, armed with some financial facts, asked the Kershaw County Board of Trustees to consider keeping Bethune Elementary School (BES) open or, if it must consolidate BES and Mt. Pisgah Elementary School (MPES), to do so somewhere between the two communities on Hwy. 341.
A schedule of public meetings regarding school construction referenda is almost finalized. The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees continued working on the schedule during its July 14 meeting. At least one referendum, possibly two, are planned for the November 2016 general election.
During the 2014-15 school year, the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) website received a total of 599,214 hits, the most in one school year. The district website received 306,986 hits in 2012-13 and 434,618 in 2013-14.
Earlier this year, Camden High School (CHS) graduate Zachary Boykin became one of only 1,000 Class of 2015 graduates across the country to receive a Gates Millennium Scholarship. More than 57,000 students applied for the scholarship, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The scholarship provides funds to attend any U.S. college or university.