Lt. Gov. André Bauer spent Friday in York County, where he visited schools in Clover, stopped by Ebenezer Grill in Rock Hill and filmed a segment for state Rep. Carl Gullick's TV show, "Assignment Carolina," at Harry and Jeans restaurant.
Gullick, who represents District 48 in northern York County, organized the visit.
"We needed to get Mr. Bauer in our schools so he could see what a good school in South Carolina is like," Gullick said.
Bauer visited a pre-kindergarten class at Kinard Elementary and then headed to Clover High, where he congratulated the school on winning three state championships this school year (band, football and chorus). Bauer briefly sat in on a college prep chemistry class and freshman geometry, where he was impressed by the school's Promethean Boards, a new, interactive electronic devise that replaced the teacher's chalk and marker boards and overhead projections. The boards were part of the technology upgrade package in the 2006 school bond referendum.
"I've been to schools in all 46 counties, but have never seen anything like that before," Bauer said. "This technology is so impressive. It really keeps students involved."
Gullick added, "It's like taking a pop quiz everyday."
Both politicians then quipped the material itself was over their heads.
Bauer also was impressed with Clover's graduation rate, which is better than the state average.
On his way out, Bauer posed for pictures wearing a Clover Blue Eagles football state championship hat given to him by principal Ron Wright.
"I'm very impressed with all this school has to offer," he said.
Before leaving the area, Bauer said he's not ruling out the possibility of running for governor in 2010.