An Interesting Column On School Choice…..

An interesting column on the “School Choice” issue currently in front of the South Carolina General Assembly…


Midway Promotion Ceremony

It was a real honor for me to be asked to speak at the Midway Elementary School Promotion Ceremony for its fifth graders this morning.  While I was preparing my remarks, it occurred to me that the very first time I visited Midway in May of 2007, these students were in kindergarten.  Time flies.  It was a wonderful ceremony today, full of celebration and recognition of the fifth graders.  I know this group is going to have a very positive impact at North Central Middle School.  I was truly impressed with the way the students in this class obviously support and encourage each other.  A very memorable occasion!!

Report To Surgeon General Recognizes Kershaw County

A report has been issued to the Surgeon General that includes recognition of Kershaw County’s “Safe Schools/Healthy Students” grant.  Following is the excerpt: 

The Kershaw County School District in Camden, South Carolina is not alone in promoting the development of their youngest residents.  The education system has developed partnerships with businesses, the United Way, and the justice system to support multiple evidence-based strategies, including mentoring, parental training, and youths’ job readiness and life skills development.   Following the implementation of one such program that focused on youth with multiple discipline problems and potential recidivism with local juvenile justice, 85 students (97.7%) were employed and 95.3% of employers were satisfied with the students’ performance.  The work of Kershaw County is supported by the Safe Schools/Healthy Students initiative.  More information about this county’s activities is at:

KCSD Schools On The State Newspaper Website

The last few pictures are from Kershaw County….

KCSD Graduates Recognized In The Chronicle-Independent

Today’s Chronicle-Independent has an outstanding section honoring and recognizing the District’s graduating classes.  Great features and pictures!  Next Saturday, June 2 is the big day…

I am extremely pleased and proud of the amount of scholarships our graduates have earned.  It will probably be the highest total in quite a long time.  Great job!!


Olympics At Stover…

Stover Middle was on the WIS morning show about the “Olympic Games” that took place there today…

Nursing Graduation

It was a tremendous pleasure for me to be able to participate in the Nursing Graduation at ATEC this past evening.  19 people who have worked extremely hard for two years, received their certificates.  It was an especially poignant ceremony because it also marked the retirement of Ms. Sharon Clyburn, who has taught in this program for 35 years.  I especially enjoy the end of the ceremony, when the graduates recite the Practical Nurse’s Pledge.  Special congratulations to graduate Crystal May, who deliver remarks on behalf fo the class, and to Ms. Kenya Bennett, who provided a special song for the event.  An uplifting evening!!!

More Highlights….

I really enjoyed sitting in yesterday on two senior project presentations at Lugoff-Elgin High School.  I heard Meagan Owens talk about her research on physical therapy and Devon Brown discuss his research on meteorology.  Both did an excellent job.  Their presentations reflected a lot hard work and insight.  I also appreciated the many members of the District Office staff who participated in assessing the presentation.  It was an outstanding event.

While was over at L-E, I also got to watch Holly Sullivan’s chemistry students making aspirin as part of their final exam.  Great hands-on stuff.  It was a lot of fun hearing the students explain what they were doing and why.

In the afternoon, I got to attend the induction ceremony for the National Technical Honor Society over at ATEC.  Director Chet Horton noted that about 15 years ago, less than 20 students were eligible for this recognition.  Yesterday, over 100 students were inducted.

Midweek Highlights

Great article in this morning’s Chronicle-Independent about the aquaponics greenhouse at Camden High School, including a wonderful picture of students from Jackson School visiting there and learning about aquaponics.

I am very pleased to announce that Mr. David Branham will be the new principal at Bethune and Mt. Pisgah Elementary Schools.  David is a native of the North Central area and has done a very strong job as the assistant principal at North Central High School.  Congratulations!

Feature On CHS Senior

Excellent feature from the State newspaper about Hamid Mathis, a senior at Camden High School!