• One month later, Graves' departure still big news

    Three weeks have passed since former Chester County Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Graves resigned from the district. However, conversation throughout the community has not ceased about why five school board members voted to place him on administrative leave and what factors led to that decision. Phone calls to The News & Reporter and comments on the paper's website resulted in further inquiry to obtain clarity on this issue, however, Chairwoman Maggie James was initially reluctant to divulge information.

  • Sole graduate receives diploma from Word & Spirit

    Believe the best. See the best. Be the best.
    That's the message Bishop David Levister relayed to one graduating senior and eight students receiving accolades during Word & Spirit Christian Academy's awards day and graduation celebration on May 18.
    Chase Keenon sat as the only senior receiving a diploma during the celebration, but that didn't stop Levister from directing a good portion of his keynote message to Keenon, who's been with the school since the fifth grade.

  • "Power of creation" on display at annual art show

    Ask Chester High's Sierra Boyette how she felt before sweeping two victories last week and she'd say, “very nervous.”
    For maybe the fourth time in her life, the 11th grader created a work of art that would be featured in the Chester County Superintendent's Annual Art Show. Not only was she competing against artists from her own high school, but her work would be measured against pieces from burgeoning artists of various ages all across the district.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Finalists for interim super job named

    Chester High principal Jeff Gardner and former Lancaster County Superintendent John Taylor are the two finalists for the interim superintendent of schools position with the Chester County School District. A third finalist dropped their name from consideration. Check back for updates.

  • Park named Teacher of the Year

    The suspense was almost unbearable Tuesday at Chester Middle School as dozens of educators met there at 4 p.m. to see who would be named “Teacher of the Year.”
    With excitement at its peak, Joanne Clark of Lewisville High School, who held the 2010-2011 honor, announced Chester High School teacher Tara Park was the 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year. Park appeared very surprised as she claimed her prize of a $500 check, SONY digital video camera and Coach designer purse.

  • School Board to interview interim candidates for super

    The Chester County Board of School Trustees will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hinton Street district office to interview candidates for the interim superintendent's position. Speculation had circulated that the board meeting on May 2, would be to name the interim, but this was not the case. Instead, Finance Director Anna Stroud distributed a budget schedule to the board with a list of dates for budget work sessions, budget readings and the public hearing scheduled for June 6.

  • Graves resigns, will be paid $140,000

     One day after the Chester County Board of School Trustees voted 5 to 2 to accept Superintendent Dr. Thomas Graves' resignation effective May 1, Chairwoman Maggie James responded to public outcry.
    “We realize everyone in the community is concerned,” James said. “But we just ask that they trust us and know that the actions taken were in the best interest of the administrators, teachers, district employees and especially for all of the students.”

  • Press Association: No it wasn't

    A representative of the South Carolina Press Association disagrees with the opinion of a Chester County School Board attorney regarding the ability of board members to cast votes over the telephone.
    At a meeting held last Monday morning, the board voted to place superintendent Dr. Thomas Graves on administrative leave with pay. Three board members were absent from the meeting, but board member Gene Boyd was allowed to participate in the executive session portion of the meeting and vote over the phone.

  • School Board's Attorney: Phone vote "appropriate"

    Questions about a board member's phone participation have arisen in the past week since the Chester County Board of School Trustees voted to place it's superintendent on paid administrative leave.
    One board member submitted a “Letter to the Editor” to address the phone participation.

  • School board fails to give budget approval

    The Chester County Board of School Trustees failed to give approval to first-reading of the $36.4 million dollar proposed budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year at its meeting on Monday. The 3 to 4 vote put trustees Patricia Hensley, Dr. L. W. Fort Jr. and Jim Stroman in favor of the proposed budget. Board members Denise Lawson, Maggie James, Gene Boyd and the Rev. Bill Stringfellow all were opposed to it. James went on record to say she needed more time to review the budget.