Kershaw Schools To Achieve Teacher Racial Balance

CAMDEN – Kershaw County School Superintendent J. C. Walton said Wednesday he has notified the U. S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) that the school district will comply with a recent order to reassign black teacher for more racial balance.

Walton said county school officials are working on plans to comply with the HEW directive but are not sure if they will hire more black teachers or will shift teachers from other schools in the district.

In a letter from HEW, Walton was told he would have to place two black teachers in each of our schools found by HEW to be without “an aceptable ratio of Negro instructors.”

The schools cited by HEW are Bethune High, Blaney High, Mt. Pisgah Elementary and Mt. Pisgah High.

HEW requires each of the Schools to have a minimum of 13.8 percent black teachers. Blaney High has on Negro instructor and the other three schools have all white teaching staffs.

Walton said the changes will be made at the end of the present semester to keep from disrupting the current school term.

HEW officials had said the changes in Faculty assignments should be made “as soon as possible, but no later than the period.”

November 26, 1970  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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