Education

Lexington 2 worth noting

First day is back is Tuesday, Aug. 19

Other details on the Web at www.lex2.k12.sc.us

Building Up

Brookland-Cayce High: Renovations and additions include a new media center, new cafeteria, new fine arts wings and classroom renovations. Construction is on-going through the 2008-09 school year.

Airport High: Projects completed for the 2008-09 school year include a new cafeteria, new media center and classroom renovations.

Policies, programs

Several policies were revised in June and may be accessed through the district’s web site at lex2.org; click on board of trustees-board policies-revisions. Among policies with updates are for staff participation in political activities, discipline measures for students in all school levels; and drug education and testing.

Project R.E.A.D.Y.: The Early Childhood Summer School Transition program ensures a smooth kindergarten transition. The program, which ran over six weeks, included entry-level kindergarten skills such as helping kids with self-confidence, learning about the school campus, interacting with future classmates and more.

APEX Learning Software will be used for Credit Recovery at high schools. APEX LEARNING ON-LINE will be available for Advanced Placement classes for subjects not offered in the high school course catalog.

Ninth and 10th grade academies will be offered at Airport High and Ninth Grade Academy at Brookland-Cayce High. Airport and Brookland-Cayce also will implement "High Schools That Work," a high school reform model.

Speech and Sociology Dual Enrollment classes will be offered by Midlands Technical College at Airport and Brookland-Cayce High first semester, and a college math class in the spring. These dual enrollment classes will provide students with high school credit and college credits.

Single gender physical education classes are being offered at Northside and Pine Ridge Middle Schools.

New faces

Some of the following are promotions from within the district:

-Superintendent Venus Holland; assistant superintendent for administration/student services, Jim Hinton; chief financial officer, Shelley Allen; director of elementary education, Marcella Heyward-Evans; coordinator of recruitment/retention, Donna Wilmot; director of operations, Tommy King; grants writer, Kelly Wells; hearing officer, John Petrey; athletics director at Brookland-Cayce High, Abby Bray.

-New principals: Jesse Washington, Davis Elementary; Cindy Stiltner, Pineview Elementary; Shane Thackston, Springdale Elementary; Tracy Johnson, Taylor Elementary; Jeanelle Williams, Busbee Creative Arts Academy; Cindy Hall, Pine Ridge Middle; Leonard Frierson, Granby Education Center

-New assistant principals:Johnetta Robinson-Riley, Congaree Elementary; Nicole Singletary, Congaree-Wood Early Childhood Center; Mary Lance Williams, Davis Elementary School for Technology; Karen Snyder, Pineview Elementary; C.R. Hall, Busbee Creative Arts Academy; Lori Dinkins, Fulmer Middle; Larianne Collins, Brookland-Cayce High; Mitch Baker, Brookland-Cayce High; John Petrey, Granby Education Center

Pocketbook matters

New fees: High school athletic fees, increased to $40 from $30.

New teachers: Three teachers added this year

Meal prices: Adult breakfast, $1.93, lunch, $3.21; student breakfast, $1, lunch, $1.75 elementary, $2 middle/high; and reduced price breakfast and lunch, 30 cents and 40 cents, respectively

Worth noting

-There’s a new full-time dance program at the fine arts magnet schools of Saluda River Academy for the Arts and Busbee Creative Arts Academy.

-The Office of Student Services is now located in Granby Education Center, 1407 Dunbar Road in Cayce.

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