Kershaw Schools Cutoff Threatened

Special To The State

CAMDEN – Kershaw County school officials have been threatened with a cutoff of federal funds unless there is some improvements in the ratio of black the white teacher in county schools.

Dewey E. Dodds, head of the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in Atlanta told Kershaw school trustees and administrators Tuesday that unless conditions were improved administrative proceedings would be instituted against the district.

In preliminary comments Superintendent of Schools J. C. Walton said the district has acted in good faith to meet the teacher ratio requirements as the district understands them. However, the school board voted to meet the standards outline by Dodds.

There are 373 full time teachers in Kershaw County – 107 black to 266 white – for a ratio of 28 per cent to 72 per cent. HEW requirements require this ratio be met in every school in the district.

Dodds said that it will be necessary for the district to give concrete assurance that there will be no variation in the ratio in any school of more than 5 per cent.

He said the district must also inform the Atlanta Office of Civil Rights of its plans to recruit black teachers.

Five county schools will be immediately affected by the HEW requirements. They are Bethune, Blaney and Mt. Pisgah high schools and Camden and Lugoff elementary schools. In correcting the ratios, it may be necessary to transfer teachers from still other schools.

Dodds said that if the district does not cooperate in meeting the requirement, the matter would be referred to the Washington Civil Rights Office for administrative proceedings.

March 4, 1971  State (published as The State) 
Columbia, South Carolina
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