First Day….

Before an early meeting this morning, I stopped up at North Central High School to see the football team start its first practice of the year.  I really love this time of year because you can start to see our schools come to life again….I’m excited!

New Employees

Today was the district orientation day for new employees, and I enjoyed both speaking to these  folks this morning and attending the luncheon held for them at midday.  Our Teacher of the Year, Melody Johnson, delivered some very powerful remarks about why she values being a teacher in Kershaw County.  Several of our district’s business partners also shared some very important and pertinent thoughts, in addition to providing some fantastic door prizes.  Our district is very blessed to have the group of new employees that we do.  Kudos to Dr. Connie Long, Dr. Cecil McClary, and our whole Human Resources staff for their work with the orientation program.

All-Area Baseball Team

I was happy to see that four Kershaw County baseball players – Forrest Koumas from Lugoff-Elgin High School and Robert McKinney, Jack LaFrage, and Tyler Pike from Camden High School – were named to the All Area Baseball Team.  Forrest Koumas was also named “Player of the Year.”  Both schools had excellent teams this past year.  I really enjoyed watching them.  Congratulations to these outstanding young men!


I had a lot of fun yesterday visiting several of our schools during registration.  I was extremely pleased and impressed with the job the schools had done to make this process go very smoothly.  I was also extremely appreciative of the cooperation and support of families in terms of bringing the necessary information.  Thanks to everyone!  It’s always great to see the excitement of a new school year building around this time.

School Tools

I wanted to put in one more plug for the “School, Tools” campaign…This program, in its tenth year, is a partnership involving the United Way, the school district, and other community groups that provides school supplies for economically disadvantaged students.  Having needed supplies is unbelievably important to any young person in terms of starting the school year off as well as possible.  In the difficult times that we are in, this program takes on increased importance.  Contributions (any amount is most welcome) can be sent to Katie Nooe at the United Way.

Grand Finale At BDK

I had a great time at the grand finale of Camp BDK, the summer program that took place at Baron DeKalb Elementary School.  I got to see the students’ portfolios about their experiences over the past six weeks and a very enthusiastic and personable young lady named Olivia also showed me the CD she made about the summer.  The Baron DeKalb Fire Department was also there to provide some water fun for the kids after lunch.  I know this program made a tremendous difference for the kids involved in many, many ways.  Great job!

Shrine Club Jamboree

I had an very enjoyable time over at the Camden Shrine Club last evening.  As it does each year, the club hosts a dinner for the schools that will be participating in its annual football jamboree, which will be held at Zemp Stadium on August 14 at 6:00 p.m.  All three Kershaw County teams will be involved, along with Crestwood, Buford, and Andrew Jackson.  This event helps to support the Shriner’s outstanding charity work.  Should be a great evening of football!