Lexington 2, Lexington 3 and Lexington 4 are among Midlands districts returning to classes this week.
Here’s a look at new people, programs and policies, provided by the districts.
New schools and renovations
Lexington 2: Interior walls at B-C Grammar No.1 and Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology were painted. Davis and Pineview Elementary added three new portable classrooms to accommodate growth. Springdale Elementary had new flooring installed throughout the school. A groundbreaking is planned for Aug. 23 at Brookland-Cayce High for the new sports stadium, which will open for the 2014-15 football season and have artificial turf. And Airport High’s Eagle Stadium will get a facelift with the installation of artificial turf that will be ready for the 2014-15 football season.
Lexington 2: Any school field trip chaperone who is not a district employee will have to have a SLED background check and National Sex Offender Registry check prior to attending the event. Also, over-the-counter medications will no longer be given at school without a written medical order (prescription).
New programs, classes, initiatives
Lexington 2: Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology will launch the Activity Club Program for first- and and second-graders, allowing students to select activities based on individual interests — from reading to acting to Lego building and more. Students will showcase their talents and/or creations throughout the school year and with a culminating event for parents and the community. Saluda River Academy for the Arts is piloting a multi-age classroom for select kindergarten and first-grade students, who will participate in differentiated instruction by means of increased small group instruction and an enhanced integration of the arts.
At Springdale Elementary, fifth-graders will be offered the DARE program, facilitated by the town’s chief of police and another officer. Claude A. Taylor Elementary will gain a full-time instructional coach through a partnership with the South Carolina Gateways Project. Fulmer Middle uses iPads to enhance instruction in seventh-grade math and will offer French and virtual business education opportunities this year. Northside Middle has new courses including French I for high school credit and a computer applications class. Pine Ridge Middle School is expanding its single gender program for girls, now offering all core subjects of math, science, social studies and language arts.
Brookland-Cayce High is in the planning track year for a New Tech Academy that will be launched as a school within a school in fall 2014.
Lexington 3: Lexington 3 will receive additional funding for the K4 program, which will allow Batesburg-Leesville Primary to serve up to 100 K-4 students in the 2013-14 school year (one new class of 20 students). Our K4 program will follow the Child Development Education Pilot Program (CDEPP) guidelines provided by the State Department of Education which will strengthen the K4 program we already have in place. Our K4 teachers will be participating in training related to best practices and developmentally appropriate curriculum for K4 students.
Lexington 2: The school board approved money for a technology initiative this year that includes upgrading district technology infrastructure, hiring five technicians to maintain district/school hardware and software, and hiring two tecnology facilitators to help enhance technology use in classrooms.
B-C Grammar No. 1 will be launching a 1:1 technology initiative. Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders will receive a Google Chromebook. At Northside Middle, every teacher has an Epson projector in the classroom to provide a technology infused learning environment. At Airport High, in addition to the iPads and iPods that are currently used throughout the school, students will be use Chromebooks as another instructional tool.
Lexington 4: Ninth- and 10th-graders will receive Chromebooks this year.
• Claude A. Taylor Elementary: principal Mary Lance Garrison, assistant principal Chris Richards
• Congaree Elementary: Assistant principal Kim Eubanks
• Davis Early Childhood-Center for Technology: Assistant principal Johnetta Riley
• Herbert A. Wood Elementary: Assistant principal Tracy Johnson
• Fulmer Middle: principal Megan Carrero, assistant principal Jonathan Wilburn
• Northside Middle: Assistant principal Lisa Davis
• Airport High: Principal Dixon Brooks, assistant principal Alexis King
• Brookland-Cayce High: Assistant principals Carla Black, Bonnie Moskos
• District Education Center: Director of instruction Joni Coleman
Lexington 3: Randall Gary, assistant superintendent for personnel/administration; Toni Taylor, district instructional coach; Grig Sawyer, assistant principal at Batesburg-Leesville Middle
By the numbers
Lexington 2: Preliminary student enrollment (K5-12th) is about 8,600, roughly the same as the previous school year. Projected teachers: 603.5, up from 586 the previous year.
Lexington 3: Projected student enrollment of 2,055, up from 2,035. Project teacher: 139, the same as the previous year.
Lexington 4: Preliminary student enrollment of 3,472, up one from the previous year. No change in teacher numbers this year.