BACK TO SCHOOL

Back to school 2013-14: Kershaw County

Columbia - The StateAugust 14, 2013 

School Desks

DIANE DIEDERICH

Kershaw County students head back to school Monday, Aug. 19.

Here’s a look at new people, programs and policies, provided by the district. Other Midlands districts will be featured, through Saturday, in The State’s Metro section and online at thestate.com/education.

School renovations

Construction was completed this summer on multipurpose rooms at Leslie M. Stover Middle School and North Central Middle School. There were general maintenance projects at several schools, such as painting, repaving, security door installation, carpet replacement, refurbishment of practice fields, and refinishing of gym floors.

New programs, classes, initiatives

• The elementary and middle school gifted and talented program, SEAGUL, has been moved back to students’ home schools. In the past, students were transported to a central location. In addition to saving transportation costs, this will help with collaboration between SEAGUL and other teachers.

• There are more options for students who have difficulty in a traditional school setting. These options include a structured, separate virtual school on high school sites; an academy offered through Adult Education; and the traditional Continuous Learning Center. The focus of the Continuous Learning Center will shift to students who are experiencing the most significant problems, and will include additional and more intensive counseling services.

• An exploratory Spanish program will be offered in middle schools.

New technologies

• The district was one of the first in the Midlands to implement a one-to-one technology program for all high school students, back in 2005. Over the years, district officials have revised computing devices students use. This year, all high school students will receive Hewlett Packard ElitePads, which include the functions of a normal laptop in addition to a touch screen. The iPads used last year in the high school one-to-one program will be used as class sets in elementary and middle schools, along with refurbished computer labs and laptop carts.

All parents can log into the Parent Portal to access information on their students’ grades and attendance. High schoolers will have that access this year, too. In addition, every teacher maintains a class website with the latest classroom assignments, resources and contact information. This year, high school parents will be able to log into teachers’ eChalk class website pages and see the same information (resources, assignments and other information) as their students do. Parents can sign up for eChalk alerts, which provide emails with updated information on assignments and tests dates.

New faces

New principals: Carol Przybyla, Camden Elementary; Melissa Royalty, Pine Tree Hill Elementary

New assistant principal: Joel Mitchell, Lugoff-Elgin High School

By the numbers

As of week of Aug. 12

Projected student enrollment for 2013-14: 10,203 students; average daily enrollment was 10,190 students in 2012-13 so we expect 13 more students for this school year.

Projected teachers for 2013-14: 705; up 10 from the end of 2012-13 school year.

 

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