Back to school 2013-14: Richland 1

August 15, 2013 

Richland 1 students head back to school Monday.

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

New schools/ renovations

Accelerate Program: Eight Keenan High School students with a taste for adventure and an interest in engineering have been invited to participate in Accelerate, a new virtual engineering program designed to help high school students jumpstart their engineering degrees and careers. Richland 1 is one of eight school districts statewide selected to partner with the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. Students will remain at their home high schools while participating in virtual classes, Saturday team projects and summer internships.

Foreign language: Students in first and second grades will be offered the opportunity to take French or Spanish.

New technology

Video conferencing: All schools now have access within their buildings for virtual learning experiences. Video conferencing allows students and staff to connect with schools, experts, and peers across the country or around the world. Last year, Richland 1 set the record for the most virtual connections by a school district in the Annual Read Around the Planet competition.

Emerging Technology Conference: Richland 1 will be the host of the second Emerging Technology Conference Nov. 21-22, bringing technology experts and district leaders together to discuss technology trends, applications and technology’s impact on instruction. The second day of the conference is student-focused featuring a hands-on technology fair with mobile classrooms, displays, demonstrations and career options.

Apps lead the way: Students, teachers and parents can now access several online resources through apps from their mobile devices. Destiny, the district’s online library catalog, provides easy access to library media center collections. eBooks can now be accessed through the Follett Digital Reader. Renaissance Learning’s app allows students to take tests while on the go and World Book has a mobile site for easy access. Students can also use the Smart Search feature in Discus to quickly search thousands of magazines, newspapers and reference materials 24/7.

New faces

Principals: Sarah Smith, former principal at South Kilbourne Elementary, now principal at Heyward Gibbes Middle; Linda Norton, former assistant principal at St. Andrews Middle, now principal at South Kilbourne Elementary; Felicia Richardson, former principal at West Lee Elementary in Lee County, now principal at Burnside Elementary; Eunice Williams, former principal at Cedar Grove Elementary in Anderson 1, now principal at Brockman Elementary; Karis Mazyck, former principal at Gadsden Elementary, now principal at Bradley Elementary; David Jackson, former assistant principal at Horrell Hill Elementary, now interim principal at Gadsden Elementary; Elizabeth Eason, former principal at Hyatt Park Elementary, now principal at H.B. Rhame Elementary; Claudia Brooks, former assistant principal at Satchel Ford Elementary, now interim principal at Satchel Ford Elementary; Angela Brown, former principal at Hopkins Elementary, now principal at Hyatt Park Elementary; Debora Varn, former assistant principal at Caughman Road Elementary, now principal at Hopkins Elementary; Andress Carter-Sims, former assistant principal at Forest Heights Elementary, now interim principal at Burton-Pack Elementary.

By the numbers

As of the week of Aug. 12

Projected student enrollment for 2013-14: 23,024 – 365 more students than previous school year

Projected teachers for 2013-14: 2,033 – 44 more teachers than previous year

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