Three York County school districts are rolling out new or updated websites as the school year gears up to better inform families and the community. The Fort Mill school district launched a new website in July and Rock Hill schools plan a site launch on Monday. Clover plans to launch a website redesign around the time school opens in August.
About a dozen eighth- to 12th-grade students are learning video game design skills this week in summer camp at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina. It’s one of eight Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, camps offered at York Tech.
Walter Brown, a member of the Rock Hill, South Carolina, school board for 16 years, announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election. Brown, 81, was elected in 2000 and served four terms in his District 5 seat.
Twenty Rock Hill school district teachers did job shadowing this week to learn how the lessons they teach are used in the workplace. The program was a collaborative effort through a Comporium STEM grant. The teachers job shadowed in architecture and engineering, financial services, geographic information systems, water treatment and surveying.
The Rock Hill school district plans to continue its French immersion program for kindergarten students at Rosewood Elementary School this fall after giving families more time to sign up. School officials said they reached out to families who had registered kindergarten students to let them know about the program.
In the second year of South Carolina’s Read to Succeed, more than 250 York County elementary children are attending summer camps to improve their reading. The camps are paid for by the state. Under the legislation, children who don’t mage “sufficient progress” in reading by the end of a 2017 summer camp would not be promoted to the next grade level.
Carowinds, the Fort Mill-area amusement park that straddles the state line, has dedicated a new building to William “Bill” Malambri, Winthrop University’s longtime music professor and director of bands.
The Rock Hill, South Carolina, school district plans $44.2 million in school construction and improvement projects over the next year, the second of a major building program. The cost includes the first phase of work on a new language immersion academy and a new Montessori building for its school choice programs.
Former S.C. State University trustee James Clark has been named the school’s 12th president. The state’s only historically black public college named Clark president after a short trustees’ meeting Wednesday. Clark will take over for Franklin Evans, who became interim president last July after trustees fired former president Thomas Elzey.
Terri Smith has been named the Rock Hill, South Carolina, school district’s chief finance officer, after the retirement of Elaine Bilton, who served in the position since 2008. In addition, Daniel Fielder will succeed Kevin Hood as assistant principal at India Hook Elementary School.
The Rock Hill school district will extend the application period for kindergarten French immersion until June 30 in an effort to get enough students signed up for a class in the fall. Leaders re-evaluated the plan to suspend the kindergarten program after a plea from a Rock Hill parent at the May school board meeting.
School boards in York and Chester counties have approved recommendations for new district- and school-level administrators for the 2016-17 school year. The following appointments and promotions have been made, effective in July, for the Rock Hill, Fort Mill, York, Clover and Chester County school districts.
Enrollment in rigorous Advanced Placement courses has surged over the past five years for college-bound students in York County public high schools, though some schools’ AP exam passing rates fall well below the state average.
After a yearlong study, Winthrop University's president recommends the school not add a football program. Winthrop President Dan Mahony said the projected costs to adding an FCS football program on the Rock Hill, South Carolina, campus outweigh the benefits, and would raise federal Title IX concerns about its impact on the Eagles' women's sports.