Back to school: 2013-14 Lexington 1

Columbia - The StateAugust 16, 2013 

Lexington 1 students head back to school Monday.

Here’s a look at new people, programs and policies, provided by the district. See other Midlands districts online at thestate.com/education.

New schools or renovations

• The new River Bluff High, at 320 Corley Mill Road in Lexington, is a 523,841-square-foot high school, designed as a Silver LEED school. It includes specialty labs, collaborative teaching spaces, a learning commons (media center), performing arts center and more. The initial student capacity is 2,000, although the core facility can support 2,500 students.

• Construction is under way for Deerfield Elementary, at 638 Longs Pond Road in Lexington. Deerfield opens in the 2014-15 school year.

• Gilbert High School has a new addition, which houses The Center for Sustainable Solutions. Other renovations included a new health science suite.

• The district replaced the entire roof at Gilbert Middle School.

• Pelion Middle renovations and additions under way include the construction of a 500-seat performing arts center, and renovations to the entrance of the gymnasium, doors and fine arts classrooms to make them ADA compliant.

New programs, classes, initiatives

• Lexington 1 is opening three new Centers for Advanced Study: the Center for Sustainable Solutions at Gilbert High; the Center for Law and Global Policy Development at River Bluff High; the Center for Media Arts, Design and Production at River Bluff High

• Lexington One Language Acquisition (LOLA) program: Elementary students across the district, who are not participating in immersion programs, will continue their language learning experiences in third–fifth grade in Spanish. Instead of students having three video lessons and one or two face-to-face lessons with a Spanish teacher, learners will now have three to four face-to-face Spanish lessons a week with their school’s Spanish teacher. Students practice listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish through hands-on, interactive learning activities drawn from grade-level content standards.

Police presence in elementary schools: Last spring, Lexington 1 administrators and representatives from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Lexington Police Department and Pelion Police developed a pilot program that put off-duty police officers in a few elementary schools. Their purpose was to be a police presence and to provide more security, if needed. The pilot was successful and the school board approved and budgeted for a police presence in all elementary schools this school year.

New technology

• The district will be using more web-based content and course management tools to maximize opportunities for student learning and to develop creative approaches for solving problems through communication and collaboration.

• Teachers will have opportunities to create blended-learning environments by facilitating their courses both online and in face-to-face settings. Online content tools allow 24/7 access to learning by maximizing student interaction with the course material and teacher interaction with their students.

• This year, for the first time, Lexington 1 offered parents an opportunity to register their students, fill out some paperwork and even pay some fees online before the school’s schedule pick up day through an online student registration system called infosnap.

New faces

Principal: Mylisa Apperson, Gilbert Primary; Robert C. Grant Jr., White Knoll Elementary; Janet H. Malone, Deerfield Elementary

Assistant principals: Richard L. Adams, Pelion Middle; Tara D. Black, River Bluff High; Christy Mays, Midway Elementary; David J. Seddon, Lexington High; Jacob N. Smith III, River Bluff High; Sandra P. Vining, White Knoll High; Matthew McCormack, Lexington High

Others: David Bennett, athletic director, River Bluff High; Erica K. Bissell, coordinator for reading and language arts; Kailanya S. Brailey, assistant administrator, Meadow Glen Middle; Anna Duvall, guidance director, Lexington High; Erin D. FitzGerald, coordinator for academically and artistically gifted and talented; Brant E. Glover, assistant administrator, River Bluff High; W. Bryan Hearn, director, Lexington Technology Center; Dean Howell, athletic director, White Knoll High; John Robert Jackson, director, FOCUS; Kyle J. Meetze, assistant administrator, Meadow Glen Middle; Jacob Nelson, assistant administrator, Lexington High; Crissy Roddy, guidance director, White Knoll High; Joshua T. Stepp, athletic director, Lexington High; Holly Sullivan, coordinator for health, physical education and science

By the numbers

Projected student enrollment for 2013-14: 23,482 (5K–12), up 547 from the previous year (Source: Lexington One Quick Facts, Aug. 1)

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