I was glad to be able to spend some time at this past evening Jamboree at North Central Middle School, which involved the boy’s and girl’s basketball teams from all four of our middle schools.  Great crowd!  I thought it was an especially nice touch for the NCMS cheer squad to be serving as greeters at the main door.  Hard to believe winter sports are already upon us.

Administrative Costs

I received an interesting email on Friday from State Superintendent Dr. Mick Zais showing the cost per student for district operations for each of the state’s 83 school districts.  District operations costs include maintenance, data processing, business operations, legal costs, and costs for compensation of district office staff.  The data provided by Dr. Zais indicated that Kershaw County’s per-student costs in this area ranks 56th out of 83 districts and is about $117 below the median. 

One of the points I’ve made frequently over the past couple of years is that we have worked very hard to keep resources at the school level and in classrooms in spite of the economic challenges we have faced.  The data provided by Dr. Zais bears this out.

More Pride!!!

I was proud of the showing of both the Doby’s Mill and Wateree Robotics teams over the weekend.  Doby’s Mill qualified for the state competition and Wateree did a great job in its first ever competition.  Because of a grant we just received from the Duke Foundation, our other elementary schools are developing robotics programs.  Exciting!!

Was also proud of the fact that members of the JROTC from Lugoff-Elgin High participated in the opening ceremony for the Colonial Cup.

Finally, was very proud of the performance of the North Central High School cheer squad in yesterday’s state championships.

Friday Highlights

Enjoyed seeing the progress that David Weaver’s collision tech students at ATEC had made on restoring Glenn Price’s 1978 pickup truck.

As always, had a wonderful time at Wateree Elementary’s annual Book Parade.  The costumes the kids wear for their book are always fun!  The highlight was the announcement that Ms. Lindsay Miles had been named the school’s “Teacher of the Year.”  The Lugoff Fire Department helped celebrate the announcement by riding her around the front circle of the school on top of a fire engine.  Very exciting!!!

Visiting Central Carolina

I thought it was a great idea for 100+ ATEC students in Health Science, Honors Nursing, and Honors Biomedical to visit the Health Sciences Center at Central Carolina Technical College yesterday.  This is a 21st century facility where some outstanding programs are offered.  What an excellent way for these students to learn about the many opportunities available in the medical field!  Thanks to Central Carolina for hosting these students!

Art At North Central High

I was tremendously impressed by the art exhibit last evening at North Central High School.  Art teacher Kim Truesdale and her students have done a simply outstanding job!  The pieces I saw were both creative and sophisticated.  Kudos!!!!


I had a lot of fun yesterday watching eighth graders in Ms. Desiree Langley’s science class at North Central Middle School building volcanoes.  Great project!  I was especially impressed with how well the kids worked in teams on the project.  Made my day!!