The Chester County Council approved an agreement between the sheriff and the school district to get deputies into three high schools, a year after the schools dropped deputies for private guards. But the officers are not on campus yet; the school district still has to sign off on the agreement.
School leaders in Rock Hill say they will make a decision in coming weeks on the site of a new district office to be built for up to $6.5 million. Property on Orange Street near the Central Child Development Center is one of several sites where the office could be located.
The board, which meets at 6 p.m Monday, is scheduled to vote separately on whether to spend up to $6.5 million to build a new district office. Proceeds from the North Anderson Road sale would go toward the cost of a new site, leaders said.
As South Carolina looks toward a looming teacher shortage – brought on by a trend of more teachers leaving the classroom than entering it – the issue of hiring and retaining teachers is a problem that’s likely to get a lot more attention. York County school district leaders say they have yet to experience much trouble finding and hiring teachers, but they’re preparing for the day they do.
The Chester County school board has approved an agreement for sheriff’s deputies to serve as school resource officers, but there could be some sticking points with the county. County Supervisor Shane Stuart said the County Council tabled the agreement Monday because it was meeting at the same time as the school board.
The South Carolina Court of Appeals has upheld a jury ruling of more than $7 million to Winthrop University after the school won a jury trial lawsuit against a roofing contractor after a March 2010 fire at Owens Hall and Bancroft Hall.
Winthrop University President Dan Mahony chose a “different approach” to kick off the school year on Monday with faculty and staff. Mahony, who became president in July 2015, said he will deliver a formal “state of the university” address next month, when he plans to discuss the university’s strategic goals for 2025.
The Clover, South Carolina, school district’s $23 million Oakridge Elementary School on Oakridge Road in Lake Wylie welcomed students on the opening day of class Monday. On the western side of the Clover district, about 800 students attended a second new school, the $40 million Clover Middle School on Barrett Road and S.C. 55.
When students go back to school this week, one of the most significant changes will be a new grading scale for most students. The S.C. Board of Education voted in April to adopt a 10-point grading scale for high school credit courses, with the goal of leveling the playing field for college admissions and scholarships against students from other states, where such a scale is already used.
The Rock Hill school district held its annual back to school rally for teachers and staff Friday at Northwestern High School. Saluda Trail Middle School math and engineering teacher Clayton Denio was named district teacher of the year.
York County educators kicked off the school year that begins next week with back-to-school fanfare, including events that honored top teachers. A York school district teacher received a state honor for service and York, Rock Hill and Clover named their district teachers of the year.