DISTRICT NEWS: PEOPLE, PROGRAMS, POLICIES

RICHLAND 2

BUILDING UP: Polo Road and Sandlapper Elementary Schools will open this fall to accommodate the growing student enrollment in Richland 2. The schools, each $15 million, were built with funds from the $175 million in construction borrowing for new schools voters approved in 2004.

Both Sandlapper, lat 1001 Longtown Road, and Polo Road, at 1250 Polo Road, were built to accommodate 705 students.

NEW FACES: Richland 2 will begin the 2006-07 school year with five new principals. The district also will welcome about 100 new teachers.

The new principals include:

* Linda Hall, Sandlapper Elementary School

* Jane Fancher, Polo Road Elementary School

* Michael Guliano, interim principal at Bookman Road. He replaces Maree Price, who took a district-level job in Richland 1.

* Lynne Ladue, interim principal at Keels Elementary School. She replaces Audrey Ratchford, who took a job in the district office.

* Kelli Alridge, interim at Nelson Elementary School. She replaces Martha Roberts, who retired.

BROADENING HORIZONS: Richland 2 will add a third year to its single-gender education program Two Academies, housed at Dent Middle School.

The program will expand from sixth and seventh grade to eighth grade. It will allow students who have been in the program for two years to finish middle school in the single-gender program.

POLICY CHANGES: The district is not implementing any new policies in the upcoming year.

– Devon Marrow

KERSHAW COUNTY SCHOOLS

BUILDING UP: Among projects being worked on in the coming year:

NEW CONSTRUCTION: Camden Middle School, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School

ADDITIONS: Jackson School

RENOVATIONS: Blaney Elementary School, Midway Elementary School, Camden High School, Lugoff-Elgin High School, North Central High School

NEW FACES: The district has hired 80 and four support staff for the new school year. New administrators joining the district office include Felicia Brantley , coordinator for recruitment and staff development; Lavoy Carter, interim director for assessment; and Kelly Foster, interim coordinator for attendance.

Also, Tylisa Hill will be the assistant director at the Continuous Learning Center. Tommy Gladden will be the new principal, Beth Williams-Sprauve will be an assistant principal and Gordon Morris will be an assistant principal at Lugoff-Elgin High School. Michael Garity will be an assistant principal at North Central High School, and Kathy Barber will be an assistant principal at North Central Middle School.

NEW PROGRAMS: A health and wellness Web site will be available through the Kershaw County Medical Center and the Kershaw County School District’s Strong Bodies Strong Minds partnership, which promotes nutrition and exercise while fighting problems such as childhood obesity and Type II diabetes.

A new phone notification system, Connect-ED, will allow the district to send a message to parents of all 10,000 students in a matter of minutes. Connect-ED can be used in emergencies, if there’s inclement weather or if a bus is running late.

Data Futures, a new system that allows parents to monitor student meals and improve the district’s ability to track student accounts online. The system will tell parents what their children are eating and will allow them to put restrictions on food their children purchase.

POLICY CHANGES: The district is not implementing any new policies in the upcoming year.

– Marjorie Riddle

July 27, 2006  State (published as The State)  Columbia, South Carolina
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July 27, 2006  State (published as The State)  Columbia, South Carolina
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