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Education

  • CMS "family" gets acquainted

    Chester Middle School's administration, faculty, students and their families met earlier this week to get better acquainted. Schools throughout the district held orientation Monday for all of its more than 5,400 students who return to classes today. At Chester Middle School, Principal Cedrick Tidwell greeted parents, teachers and members of the 620-member student body as he cruised the hallways to assure that all was going smoothly. As Tidwell shook hands and welcomed sixth grade student Melissa Shugart, he asked about her favorite subject.

  • LES is "a place to be an influence"

  • Chester school district has "wish list" for supplies

    Parents of Chester County public school students are not required to purchase school supplies this school year but the district has developed a “wish list” for the community to lend assistance.

  • Chester Schools not alone in lower AYP scores

  • Chester Middle principal has "vested interest and responsibility in community"

    Cedrick Tidwell says he's ready for the challenges he faces as the new principal of Chester Middle School. During the past 12 years, Tidwell has served as a classroom teacher and assistant principal at the high school level but he realizes the challenges of working with middle school students is unchartered territory he has to conquer.

  • Graves' departure contract calls for money, no lawsuits or "disparaging remarks"

    Dr. Thomas Graves and the Chester County School District agreed to not sue one another or even speak ill of one another publicly in Graves' settlement agreement with the district.
    The News & Reporter obtained a copy of the exit contract between Graves, who held the position of superintendent of Chester County School District for one year, through the Freedom of Information Act. It had already been publicly disclosed that Graves received $140,000 (one year's salary) as part of the deal, but financial terms are not the only thing dealt with in the contract.

  • Taylor finds role as interim "satisfying"

    Chester County Schools Interim Superintendent John Taylor has met a lot of people in the 10 days he's been on the job, he said. His overall impression of his new surroundings has been positive.
    “Overall, I've been impressed,” Taylor said. “I've visited a lot of the (school) buildings and Chester is in great shape. There are a lot of positive things here.”

  • Graves lands job with state

    Former Chester County School Superintendent Dr. Thomas Graves has landed a position working for the State of South Carolina. Graves began his duties last week in Columbia working on State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais' Advisory Council.
    “I will be working with school leadership and school improvement throughout the state,” Graves said. “I'll be working with school districts throughout the state who are looking for new and innovative ways to improve student achievement.”

  • District gets more than $6 million in scholarships

    The Chester County School district received more than $6 million in scholarships for the 2011-2011 academic year, said Karen Kerr, the district's director of Middle and Secondary Instruction.
    “The state requires that we compile all scholarship offerings the seniors receive each year,” Kerr said. “The total amount is all the funds these students were offered.”
    At Chester High School, seniors there were offered $4,387,962; at Great Falls High School, $831,348

  • Scholarship honors memory of Hannah Floyd

    His routine was simple.
    Each evening after William Floyd dismissed his class at York Technical College, he'd give his daughter, Hannah, a call and they'd go eat somewhere.
    It's just how they did things.
    Things have changed. Nowadays, a big hole is left gaping in Floyd's evening plans.
    On Dec. 26, 2010, Chester native Hannah Ruth Floyd, 24, was killed when her car slid off the right side of northbound Interstate 85 and hit a power pole during inclement weather.