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Education

  • South Pointe names new administrator

    A veteran Chesterfield County educator is the new administrator at South Pointe Christian School in Pageland.
    Jessica Jenkins Griffin, former assistant principal of Petersburg Primary, replaces interim principal Susan Waller.  Waller will remain at the school, serving as assistant principal and grammar teacher for eighth through 10th grades.
    Griffin worked 12 years for the Chesterfield County School District.  She has been a classroom teacher, a lead teacher and a mathematics instructional coach.

  • Central students graduate Saturday

    Central High’s annual commencement will be 9 a.m. June 2 at the school’s football field, weather permitting. 

    If it rains, the event will be moved to the school’s gym and admission will be by ticket only.

    Between 120 and 125 students are scheduled to graduate, said Principal Damon Barnhill. The number includes some juniors who have already finished their high school course work, he said. 

    Speakers will be Central’s valedictorian, salutatorian and the senior class president. 

  • Kiser set high goals for everyone

    Janice Kiser never intended to be a principal. All she ever wanted to do was teach.

    Yet for a third of her career, Kiser was an administrator, the person responsible for every one in the school.

    That responsibility hit hard the day she walked through the door in 2013 as the new principal at Petersburg Primary in Pageland. 

    “It was very humbling and almost overwhelming,” she said.  “I felt the weight of the responsibility.

  • Appreciating Petersburg Primary’s teachers

    Volunteers showed their appreciation for teachers at Petersburg Primary by volunteering to take over their classes last Thursday during Teacher Appreciation Week.  
    The donated time allowed principal Janice Kiser and assistant principal Jessica Griffin the opportunity to honor their teachers with a catered lunch.  
    Volunteers were on duty in the lunchroom, hallways, classrooms and on the playground.  

  • Chesterfield, Central high schools again nationally ranked

    U.S. News and World Report again has ranked Central and Chesterfield high schools among the best in the nation.
    The schools repeated as bronze-medal winners in the annual ratings announced last week.
    “I am proud of our students, faculty and staff,” said Central Principal Damon Barnhill. “This shows we are preparing our students for goals after high school. We are developing the students in all aspects.”

  • ‘She teaches everything’

    Teachers often talk about the “light bulb” moment, the instant when a student truly understands what is being taught.
    The moment is different for each student. Some soak up teaching like a sponge. For others, it is a gradual process. For some, it’s a struggle until that special moment.

  • Jefferson resident named to NETC Academic All-State team

    From release

    Griffen Greenlee of Jefferson was recently named to the Phi Theta Kappa South Carolina All-State Academic Team. He is a student at Northeastern Technical Community College.  
    He will graduate in May from NETC’s Associate in Applied Science in General Technology Electro-Mechanical program.  

  • Initial school budget shows shortfall

    Chesterfield County schools are facing a projected $621,400 shortfall for the next fiscal year.
    The proposed budget meets all state mandated expenses, anticipated increases in local expenses, as well as sets aside money to improve teacher compensation.
    The  final budget will be the highest ever for the county, topping this year’s $56.5 million budget, said Superintendent Harrison Goodwin.
    “This is something we can work with,” Goodwin said of the proposal. In previous years the school district faced higher projected shortfalls.

  • Chesterfield's Superintendent Goodwin named best in state

    Harrison Goodwin, Chesterfield County’s school superintendent, has been named the state’s superintendent of the year.
    The award was announced at last week’s meeting of state superintendents. The award is given by the S.C. Association of School Administrators.
    Goodwin said winning the award was a team effort.
    “We are fortunate to have so many great and dedicated people in Chesterfield County who work daily serving our students,” Goodwin said. “I am just privileged to be part of this great team.”

  • NETC inducts 19 into Phi Theta Kappa honor society

    From release

    Phi Theta Kappa, the oldest and largest honor society serving two-year colleges, recently inducted 19 students from Northeastern Technical College as members.