Thanks to Clifton Harryton Anderson

A few years ago, community member Clifton Harryton Anderson became a mentor to a group of Bethune Elementary School students.  These students are now finishing the eighth grade at North Central Middle School and preparing to move on to high school.  Mr. Anderson has kept up with these young people throughout middle school and at the students’ request, will continue to do so during high school.  I enjoyed being with Mr. Anderson and these young people yesterday as he caught up with them and talked with them about the future.  I really appreciate and value Mr. Anderson’s interest and very tangible commitment to this group of young people.  I know it has meant and will continue to mean a lot to them. 

Fantastic Art From Stover

I got some fine pieces of art from Stover Middle School yesterday, including a commemorative coin created by sixth grade students for the Elgin Centennial and several excellent gallery postcards showing art done by the students this year.  Art teacher Cassandra Mickle has done an outstanding job developing the visual arts program at Stover.  The knowledge and appreciation of art that she has conveyed to her students will last a lifetime!

As a postscript for today, I really enjoyed seeing the pictures of our “Teachers of Year” on the website homepage! 


Spotlight on Mt. Pisgah…

There is a very nice article on the front page of today’s Chronicle-Independent about the newspaper at Mt. Pisgah Elementary School.  I really appreciate Jade Anderson of the C-I highlighting one of our rural schools.  Mt. Pisgah Elementary is a tremendous source of pride in its community, and rightfully so.

I hope many folks will attend tonight’s final Budget Forum at 6:30 p.m. at the Robert Mills Courthouse…

An Excellent Friday!!!!


What an excellent day Friday was!!!  In the morning, I was present at Camden High School to see Khristina Hough of the Camden High JROTC receive a scholarship to NASA Space Camp from the Celebrate Freedom Foundation.  Congressman John Spratt and Camden Mayor Mary Clark participated in the presentation and then toured the new auditorium facility under construction at CHS.  The Cobra Helicopter recently repainted by the Collision Technology students at ATEC was also on display.  In the evening, I spent a fun hour in the dunking booth at the Camden Elementary School Spring Carnival.  Needless to say, I stayed wet!  A great way to end the week! 


Since Monday, Chief Financial Officer Donnie Wilson and I have held three Budget Forums around the community.  I was very pleased with the turnout, especially given the busy time of year and the fact that this is something new.  There will be one additional forum, this coming Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Robert Mills Courthouse.  As I have said often over the past several months, the budget is the most important public process we do because it determines what we are able to do for our students during the coming school year.  I believe it is critical for the public to understand the budget and the decisions that are being made.  Thanks to everyone who has attended the forums this week!

Some Really Impressive Letters

I got a booklet of OUTSTANDING letters written by the students in Mrs. McCall’s class at Doby’s Mill about their principal, Ginger Catoe.  The letters were not only extremely well-written, they were just plain enjoyable to read.  This group of very impressive fifth graders has obviously worked very hard on their writing.  Made my day!!!!

I’ll Be Getting Wet….

I just looked at my calendar and realized that I have agreed to spend an hour in the dunking booth, from 5:00 to 6:00, this coming Friday at the Camden Elementary School Spring Festival.  Come out and get me wet for a good cause!