Richland 2 students head back to school Wednesday.
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.
New schools/ renovations
Richland 2 is opening a new magnet center on the campus of Muller Road Middle School, located at 1031 Muller Road, 29016. The Center for Knowledge (CFK) North is an extension of the Center for Knowledge magnet center on the campus of E.L. Wright Middle School.
When students return to Richland Northeast IB High, they will find improvements to the sports complex under way. The main entrance gate to the school is being relocated and the old galvanized fencing in front of the school is being replaced. The parking lot is being resurfaced and new lights added. Students also should notice renovations to the media center.
At Ridge View High, athletics improvements continue. A bus parking lot at Killian Elementary is near completion. The parking lot at the district office is being redesigned. Building renovations will be made in the future.
Work continues at the as-yet-named Elementary School No. 19, on a 22-acre site in Blythewood between Kelly Mill and Hard Scrabble roads. It is scheduled to open in August 2014.
New programs, classes, initiatives
A new magnet program and new magnet center are opening this year.
The Stem Institute of Design and Innovation (SIDI) is on the campus of Summit Parkway Middle. SIDI is a magnet program focused on science, technology, engineering and math education for up to 80 students per grade level.
Center for Knowledge (CFK) North is an extension of CFK at E.L. Wright Middle. The accelerated curriculum is designed to create opportunities for students to become deep thinkers and problem solvers. It is based on the Core Knowledge curriculum and is an official Core Knowledge school. CFK North is on the campus of Muller Road Middle School.
1TWO1: Richland 2 will complete the third and final phase of the 1TWO1 student computing initiative this year. The Information Technology Department is currently placing 6,038 new Chromebooks and 365 new iPads in schools for third- and eighth-graders, and for the final one-third of high school students. When school opens for the new school year, all students in grades 3-12 (over 21,000 students) will have access to a computing device through1TWO1.
Richland 2 App: The district’s free mobile app is available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Links to the apps also are available at the bottom of any page on the district website, www.richland2.org. The functions in this initial version include a school listing; access to district news, district calendar and important district telephone numbers; links to the district social networking presence on Facebook and Twitter; connections to the District YouTube channel; and a quick link to allow users to contact the district via email. A second version is already in the works and will include various improvements and added features.
Among new measures:
Electronic communications devices: The school board approved changes for the use of electronic communication devices in school and the Code of Conduct. One change allows high school students to bring their own electronic communication devices (e-readers, computers, etc.) to school as long as they are used appropriately. High school students can now use cellphones at school under conditions specified by the school administration. Students are prohibited from using the devices for any inappropriate activities, as specified in the policies. An addendum to the policy discourages students from sharing electronic communication devices except for academic purposes.
Health: In accordance with the South Carolina Nurse Practice Act and the Medical Practice Act, beginning in August 2013, a health care provider’s original signature (not a stamped signature) will be required for all medication administration. This includes prescription medications, non-prescription/ over-the-counter medications, topical medications, eye drops, cough drops and herbal medications.
New principals: David Basile, Dent Middle; Kristen Eubanks, Bridge Creek Elementary; Tracy Footman, Bethel-Hanberry Elementary, effective in January; Kendra James, Bookman Road Elementary; Brenda Mack-Foxworth, Ridge View High; Shawn Suber, Conder Elementary Arts Integrated Magnet School; Jeff Temoney, Kelly Mill Middle; Angela Thom, Longleaf Middle; Jeff Williams, from Bethel-Hanberry Elementary to Elementary School No. 19, effective in January.
New assistant principals: Calvernetta Brown, Summit Parkway Middle; Shanitra Deas, Dent Middle; Joanta Hawkins, Blythewood High; Whitney Jones, Bridge Creek Elementary; Constance May, Conder Elementary Arts Integrated Magnet School; Elizabeth Muniz, Ridge View High; Carrie Murray, Killian Elementary; Sonja Parnell, Nelson Elementary; Vanessa Rhoden, Richland Northeast IB High; Tia Stewart, Catawba Elementary; Carlos Wilson, Bridge Creek Elementary
• Blythewood High: Kristen Giese, girls swimming, Yalonda Marshall, girls cross country, Dan Morgan, head football, Nicole Smith, boys swimming, Brenda Warnow, girls tennis
• Richland Northeast IB: Shakirah Currie, girls head cross country and track, Matt Hall, boys head cross country and wrestling, Aaron Lucas, boys varsity basketball
• Ridge View High: Karen Willdermood, boys and girls swimming
• Spring Valley High: Natalie Huff, girls golf, Ellen Jennings, competitive cheer, Ben Fields, strength and conditioning
• Westwood High: Jonathan Burroughs, boys head baseball, Gina Graziosa, girls head soccer, Lila Grooms, girls head softball
By the numbers
As of the week of Aug. 12
Projected student enrollment for 2013-14: The projected pre-K-12 enrollment on Day 90 of the 2013-14 school year is 27,191 students. This is a projected growth of 525 students.
Projected teachers for 2013-14: The district had 1,820 teachers, as of July 31 – and hiring was continuing. In 2012-13, there were 1,863 classroom teachers.