Central Carolina Scholarship Program

At last night’s School Board meeting, Dr. Tim Hardee, President of Central Carolina Technical College, made a presentation to the Board about a full scholarship program for Kershaw County students who are now in the ninth grade and will graduate in 2015.  Through this program, any current ninth grader who graduates on time with a 2.0 GPA and meets Central Carolina’s requirements on the ACT, SAT, or the College’s Compass Test, will be guaranteed a full scholarship for two years.  This is a tremendous opportunity for these students and certainly reflects Central Carolina’s strong commitment to our community.  I am really excited about this!

More KCSD Athletes Honored

Congratulations to the following KCSD football players who have been named to All-Region teams:

Camden High:  Jack Ansley, Hamid Mathis, Fidel Wise, Sheldon Writh

Lugoff-Elgin High:  Zach Connell, Chris Platenberg, Josh Ruiz

North Central High:  Tavarus Porter (also the Region “Player of the Year”), Myles Dunham, Grayson King, T.J. Love, Dennis Stevens

Camden Elementary School Honored

Camden Elementary School got an early Christmas present with the news that it has been named a 2011 Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School for outstanding achievement in comprehensive educational excellence for students.

“This is an award that the Camden Elementary family has been working very hard to achieve,” said Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Frank Morgan. “I’m very pleased to see their efforts recognized at the national level.”

According to Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence President/CEO Bart Teal, schools are selected based on results from a Blueprint for Success assessment process designed to identify and recognize comprehensive achievement in nine areas of performance.

Camden Elementary will be officially recognized for the honor in an awards ceremony to be held Dec. 7.

“This recognition is a great reflection on the outstanding faculty, staff, students, parents and community of Camden Elementary School,” said Camden Elementary School Principal Ed Yount. “I am very excited and proud of the hard work and dedication displayed by our school family to achieve such a high honor.”

Blue Ribbon Lighthouse Schools have to demonstrate outstanding excellence in the following categories: student focus and support; school organization and culture; challenging standards and curriculum; active teaching and learning; technology integration; professional community; leadership and educational vitality; school, family and community partnerships and indicators of success.

This is the ninth year Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc., has recognized schools nationwide as Blue Ribbon Lighthouse Schools. Based in Chapin, it is not affiliated with any other award program. All K-12 public, private, charter, parochial, Department of Defense and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools are eligible to participate.

This is the fourth KCSD school to earn a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse Award. ATEC was honored in 2006, Doby’s Mill Elementary in 2007 and Lugoff Elementary in 2008. Camden Elementary received a Blue Ribbon Points of Light Award in 2009.

Stover Choir To Appear On WLTX

Tomorrow evening, Wednesday, November 30, tune in to WLTX during the 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00 p.m. newscasts to hear the Stover Middle School Choir perform as part of the station’s “Sounds of the Season.”  The Choir performed on WLTX last year and did a fantastic job!  I’m sure this year will be even better!

LEHS Trainer Chosen For Shrine Bowl

Congratulations to Lugoff-Elgin High School senior Stephen Fogle, who has been selected to be the Student Athletic Trainer for the Shrine Bowl.  Stephen was selected from all the student athletic trainers in the state of South Carolina to work with the state’s best football players.  He has been working as an athletic trainer since his freshman year and has devoted over 1,000 hours as an LEHS trainer.  Stephen has greatly benefitted from the outstanding athletic training program at LEHS.  Congratulations!!!

KCSD Christmas Memories…..

As you might know, I write a monthly column for The Chronicle-Independent.  For my December effort, I’d like to share Christmas memories and recollections that occurred in our schools.  If you have a memory you’d like to share from your student and/or staff days in Kershaw County, please pass it on to me.  I plan to post ones I can’t use in the column because of space limitations on my blog and/or Facebook.  The holidays are always a great time to recall the past.  I hope we can have some fun with this.  My email is frank.morgan@kcsdschools.net.  Thanks! 


Article On Sales Tax Exemptions

Article from Sunday’s State newspaper about a pending lawsuit over sales tax exemptions:



School Funding Petition

Read with great interest the article in this morning’s Chronicle-Independent about Mr. Robert Price, a parent of students in our District, who has launched a petition drive advocating for the complete overhaul of the state’s funding structure for K-12 education.  I certainly appreciate and admire Mr. Price’s willingness to invest his time and energy in this important effort.  Mr. Price is hoping to gather 25,000 signatures statewide to present to the General Assembly.


On this Thanksgiving Day, I am truly thankful for outstanding group of people who work for our District, a group of people that makes a tremendous difference each and every day for our students and their families..

Thanksgiving Thoughts From Ms. Burr’s Class

I received a podcast link from Ms. Betsy Burr, a first grade teacher at Jackson School, that included each of her students talking about what they are thankful for.  It was touching to hear them all talk about what is important to them.  The podcast really brightened by day and reminded me why we celebrate Thanksgiving.