On Tuesday, we had a water problem at North Central High School that caused the water to be off for a while.  The staff at NCHS did a great job of working out alternative bathroom and drinking water arrangements very quickly.  Special thanks to maintenance staff guys Leroy Williams, Larry Outen, Brian Boan, and Jim Campbell for getting the problem resolved within a couple of hours.  Outstanding work by everyone!


Yesterday afternoon, I got to spend some time at the cross-country meet over at Historic Camden.  All three of our high school teams and Darlington High School were competing on a pleasantly cool day for running.  I had never seen a meet run at Historic Camden.  It’s a really nice course.  I was extremely impressed with all three of the Kershaw County teams, and it was good to see so many folks out there supporting them.  If you’ve never seen a cross-country meet, I strongly recommend it.

Excellent Stuff In West Wateree

While out visiting schools in West Wateree today, I saw some excellent stuff…While at Lugoff Elementary, I visited Ms. Emma Segar’s class, where I saw the students reviewing vocabulary on the classroom SmartBoard using a program developed by a student in the class.  It was really ingenius!  Over at Blaney Elementary, I visited the PE class where teacher Scott Lewis had put together a fun obstacle course for a group of primary students.  The children were extremely excited and using up a lot of their unlimited energy.  As I entered the front entrance hall of Stover Middle School a little while later, choir teacher Brian Heyward had his students there rehearsing the National Anthem and utilizing the acoustics of the entrance hall so that they could hear themselves better.  Kind of like singing in the shower.  I was really impressed!

State Superintendent Candidate Debate

The South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) has provided these downloads of a debate between the two candidates for the office State Superintendent of Education, Mick Zais and Frank Holleman:

“Penny for Progress” Forum

The first of several “Educated Voter” forums co-sponsored by the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and the school district will be held tonight at 6:00 p.m. at Lugoff-Elgin High School.  This forum will be on the “Penny for Progress” sales tax referendum that will be on the November ballot.  As a school district, we are pleased to be able to partner with the Chamber to provide venues for these forums.


I thoroughly enjoyed several things I did on Friday….I had lunch with a really polite and interesting group of students from Pine Tree Hill Elementary.  (There’s nothing like steak nuggets for lunch!!)  Later on I worked with two very diligent young men on their reading at Jackson.  Even though it was near the end of the day, they really focused.  And before heading back to the office, I stopped by North Central High School’s homecoming pep rally.  Lots of spirit up there in Knight Country!   Good ways to end the week!

North Central High On ETV

As one of our state’s Palmetto Gold Schools, North Central High School will be featured on ETV this coming Sunday, September 26, at 1:00 p.m.  Looking forward to it!

Story On WLTX

The following link is to a great story on WLTX about the almos $21,000 raised by Camden High School and Lugoff-Elgin High for the United Way…

Junior Leadership Explores Diversity

I had the opportunity to stop by the Robert Mills Courthouse today to look in on the Junior Leadership group’s session on diversity.  While I was there, Camden City Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford was leading the group through an exercise.  I was extremely impressed with the openness and the insights I heard from the students.  This is an extremely thoughtful group.  I deeply appreciate Ms. Drakeford’s yearly participation in the diversity session.

Visit To Vocational Rehabilitation Facility

Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of joining our Special Services Coordinator, Ms. Debbie Davis, and several Special Education teachers in a visit to the South Carolina Department of Vocational Rehabilitation facility over on Battleship Road.  I was very impressed with the facility and the programs that are offered there.  Like all other state-funded agencies, the folks who work in this area are struggling to keep things going in light of the budget cuts over the past two years.  But I was extremely heartened by the willingness of everyone I met yesterday to reach out and collaborate with the school district in any way possible.