Schools boast innovative programs

KERSHAW COUNYT

New superintendent Frank Morgan, who started in July 2007, is taking the reins on the district’s #102 million facilities upgrade plan – which will add a few new schools and expand or renovate seven others.

The district is in the fourth year of an $8 million laptop initiative, which will outfit ever high school student with a laptop computer to use during the year.

THE INSIDE TRACK

Three school issues parents will be hearing about in the coming year

Start Date: If it seems South Carolina public schools are starting classes a little later in the fall 2007 than in the recent past, they are A 2006 state law stipulates schools cannot begin their academic year prior to the third Monday each August this year.

Testing: By the end of 2007, look for State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex to unveil details for a proposal to make major revisions in the state’s standardized testing system. Rex’s goal is to reduce testing time as well as provide teachers more detailed information about how each student scores on those test.

School choice: Giving parents assistance such as voucher or tax breaks when they want to use private schools has emerged as a hot topic, especially since Gov. Mark Sandford took office in 2003. Rex insists he was not discouraged by the 2007 Legislature’s rejection of his counter proposal for public school choice, and pledges to try again in 2008 to secure lawmakers’ support for it.

Understanding report card ratings

The S. C. Department of Education uses two terms for public schools’ academic performance in report cards it issues annually;

Absolute, a one-year snapshot rating for the most recently completed school year.

Improvement, a comparison of test scores from the most recently completed school year with the previous year- a “trend” rating.

Learn more about ratings at http://ed.sc.gov/topics/researchandstats/schoolreportcard/2006/default.cfm

ABOUT THE DISTRICT

1301 DuBose Court, Camden, 29202; (803) 432-8416; www.kershaw.k12.sc.us

Superintendent: Frank Morgan

Total schools: 11 elementary, four middle, three high

Start/end times: 7:30-7:45 a.m. start and 2:30 – 2:45 p.m. end for elementary; 7:40 – 7:50 a.m. start and 3 – 3:05 p.m. end for middle; 7:53 – 7:57 a.m. start and 3 – 3:15 p.m. end for high school.

Total students: 10,259
Total teachers: 743
2006 SAT average: 1025

Percentage of students who met the standard for the high school exit exam: 75.9 percent passed both sections on their first try.

Worth noting: Laptop initiative has received national and international attention as an innovative way to make technology accessible to all high school students. The district also is home to South Carolina’s Teacher of the Year, Ann Marie Taylor of Pine Tree Hill Elementary.

ELEMENTARY

Baron DeKalb
2684 Baron DeKalb Road,
Camden, 29020;
(803) 432-2483;
www.bdk.kcdschools.com
Enrollment: 183
Report card ratings: Absolute, average; improvement, unsatisfactory
Student-teacher ratio: 18-to-1

Blaney
1621 Smyrna Road,
P.O. Box 99, Elgin, 29045;
(803) 438-3241
www.bes.kcsdschools.com
Enrollment: 594
Report card ratings: Absolute, average; improvement, unsatisfactory
Student-teacher ratio: 20-to-1

Camden Elementary School for the Creative Arts
1304 Lyttleton St.,
Camden, 29020
(803) 425-8960;
www.ces.kcsdschools.com
Enrollment: 528
Report card ratings: Absolute, good; improvement, unsatisfactory
Student-teacher ratio: 20-to-1

Doby’s Mill
1964 Fort Jackson Road, Lugoff,
29078; (803) 438-4055;
www.dme.kcsdschools.com/
Enrollment: 677
Report card ratings: Absolute, good; improvement, below average
Student-teacher ratio: 23-to-1

Jackson School
1109 Campbell St.,
Camden, 29020;
(803) 425-8965;
www.jes.kcsdschools.com
Enrollment: 402
Report card ratings: Absolute, below average; improvement, good
Student-teacher ratio: 19-to-1

Lugoff
994 Ridgeway Road,
P. O. Box 38, Lugoff, 29078;
(803) 438-8000;
www.les.kcsdschools.com
Enrollment: 611
Report card ratings: Absolute, good; improvement, unsatisfactory
Student-teacher ratio: 21-to-1

Pine Tree Hill
938 Bishopville Highway,
Camden, 29020;
(803) 425-8970;
www.pth.kcsdschools.com
Enrollment: 646
Report card ratings: Absolute, average; improvement, unsatisfactory
Student-teacher ratio: 21-to-1

Wateree
424 Wildwood Lane,
P.O. Box 97, Lugoff, 29078;
(803) 438-8018;
www.wes.kcsdschools.com
Enrollment: 599
Report card ratings: Absolute, average; improvement, unsatisfactory
Student-teacher ratio: 21-to-1

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Camden
416 Laurens St.,
Camden, 29020;
(803) 425-8975;
www.cms.kcsdschools.com
Enrollment: 868
Report card ratings: Absolute, average; improvement, unsatisfactory
Student-teacher ratio: 22-to-1

Leslie M. Stover
1649 Smyrna Road,
P.O. Box 1220, Elgin, 29045;
(803) 438-7414;
www.sto.kcsdschools.com
Enrollment: 606
Report card ratings: Absolute, average; improvement, unsatisfactory
Student-teacher ratio: 23-to-1

Lugoff – Elgin
1244 Highway 1 South,
P.O. Box 68, Lugoff, 29078;
(803) 438-3591;
www.lms.kcsdschools.com
Enrollment: 559
Report card ratings: Absolute, good; improvement, average
Student-teacher ratio: 21-to-1

HIGH SCHOOLS

Camden
1022 Ehrenclou Drive,
Camden, 29020;
(803) 425-8930;
www.kershaw.k12.sc.us.com/chs
Enrollment: 1,033
Report card ratings: Absolute, excellent; improvement, good
Student-teacher ratio: 25-to-1

Lugoff – Elgin
1284 Highway 1 South,
P.O. Box 278, Lugoff, 29078;
(803) 438-3481;
www.lhs.kcsdschools.com
Enrollment: 1,428
Report card ratings: Absolute, good; improvement, below average
Student-teacher ratio: 30-to-1

Applied Technology Education
874 Vocation Lane,
Camden, 29020;
(803) 425-8985;
www.atec.kcsdschools.com
Enrollment: 709
Report card ratings: Absolute, excellent; improvement, excellent
Student-teacher ratio: n/a

September 9, 2007  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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