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Proposed sales tax meetings

Richland County citizens can learn more about the proposed transportation penny sales tax through a series of sessions this month.

All sessions are from 6-7 p.m. at the following locations:

• Sept. 15: 6-7 p.m., Harbison Recreation Center, 106 Hillpine Road

• Sept. 16: Richland County Sheriff’s Department Lower Richland Region 1 headquarters, 2615 1/2 Lower Richland Blvd.

• Sept. 22: Parklane Adult Activity Center, 7494 Parklane Road, Northeast Richland

• Sept. 27: Richland County Public Library, main branch on Assembly Street

The proposed tax, which will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot, would pay for improvements including bus funding and countywide road and greenway projects over the next 25 years.


Neumann bricks for sale

If you’ve been to the St. John Neumann campus, you may be noticing some work.

That’s because the school is expanding.

By late fall, fifth- and sixth-graders are expected to move into four new classrooms. Also new will be extra office and storage space, which later can be converted for class space as the school grows.

The school is offering bricks for purchase, which donors may then have engraved. Bricks will be displayed in the new addition. The purchase deadline is Sept. 30.

Sharing Northeast Richland memories

Sunday, from 2-4 p.m., Richland 2 invites residents who have memories of growing up in Northeast Richland to share their stories at the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum’s Community Conversations.

The program will be the first of many planned for the museum on the campus of Killian Elementary, 2619 Clemson Road.

Last spring, Richland 2 finished restoring the schoolhouse, formerly called the old Killian School. The one-room schoolhouse educated children in the Blythewood area from 1905 to the late 1940s. It was once located at Killian and Longtown roads but was moved to its current location in 2001.

The schoolhouse museum is now available for tours. Groups can schedule a visit by calling Talma Jackson at the Clemson Road Child Development Center, (803) 699-2536. It is open to individual tours the second Sunday of each month.

Blaney teacher award finalist

Tonya Jackson, a teacher at Blaney Elementary, has been named a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher can receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.

“Tonya Jackson serves the students and staff at Blaney with her creative activities, high expectations for success and generous heart,” said Blaney Elementary School Principal Lisa Carter. “She is skilled in grant writing, has taught our school to be ‘green’ by leading our recycling club and strives to make science lab a fun, interactive learning environment.”

Known as “The Science Network,” Jackson makes her classroom a place where scientific connections happen. She has taught at Blaney for 10 years, three of those in the science lab.

The National Science Foundation administers the award on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Awards are given to mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. State winners will be announced by the foundation in the spring.

Those selected for national honors receive a $10,000 award, a Presidential citation and a trip to Washington, D.C., for a series of recognition events, information exchange programs and an awards ceremony.

September 9, 2010  State (published as The State) 
 Columbia, South Carolina
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