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Education

  • High turnover at Central High

    One-fourth of the teaching and administrative staff at Central High School will be new when the school year starts Aug. 20. 

    The biggest change is the science department, where three of the five science teachers are new. 

    Other new hires are two guidance counselors, two special-education teachers and two physical-education teachers, an agriculture teacher and a social studies teacher. 

    Driver’s education will be done by contract.

  • Girls state delegates value friendship

    Gene Rivers, a rising senior at Central High School, was not sure what to expect when she attended the recent Palmetto Girls State at Presbyterian College in Clinton.
    She, Pooja Patel of South Pointe Christian School and Madison Quick of Central, represented the auxiliary unit of American Legion Post 92 of Pageland.
    They said they made many new “forever” friends.
    But for Rivers – and others – the takeaway was “they took me out of my comfort zone.”

  • Local students attend Palmetto Boys State

    Brandon Edmond, a rising senior at Central High School, admits he is “not really a people person.”
    But at the Palmetto Boys State, Edmond found himself outside his comfort zone.
    “I realized, right is better than easy.”
    The lesson was just part of the weekend long event at Anderson University where the delegates learned about the American system of government and politics.
    Other Central delegates were Curt Chapman, Sam Dresser, and Caleb Cofield.

  • Fall registration nears for Northeastern Technical College

    From release

    CHERAW – Orientation and registration for Northeastern Technical College’s fall semester is August 14 at the main campus in Cheraw.
    New students should attend one of two orientation sessions at 9 a.m. or 6 p.m.  Students will register for classes and receive class schedules during these sessions.
    Returning students can register early for classes until classes start Aug. 20 by contacting their advisor.

  • Chesterfield County schools offer online registration

    From release

    Parents can register their child or children for Chesterfield County Schools online through the new PowerSchool Registration system.
    The system works on any internet capable device such as  desktop computers, smartphones, and tablets. The service starts July 31.   

  • 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.”