• Fourth grader that stabbed classmate to get second chance

    A fourth grade student who stabbed a classmate in the back with a steak knife last week has been reassigned by district officials to “an alternative setting” for the remainder of the school year. However, the student is expected to return to class during the next school term, the district's superintendent said Tuesday.

  • Flu outbreak causes school absences

    What has been deemed in Chester as a recent “outbreak” of the influenza virus has caused an unusually high number of absences in area schools. There were reports that Tamiflu, the antiviral prescription drug used to treat the flu was in short supply across the county due to high demand.
    Chester County School Superintendent Dr. Thomas Graves confirmed the schools in his district had an “issue” with health related absences.

  • Chester Park orchestra serenades school board

    The Chester Park School of the Arts strings orchestra performed at Monday's monthly meeting of the board of school trustees. Second and fifth grade students offered selections that included “America The Beautiful” and “Wade In The Water.” Laura Dean, the instrumental musical instructor at the School of the Arts, said the students performed at the request of Chester County School Superintendent Dr. Thomas Graves who recently attended a second grade musical program at the school.

  • Judge hears Fairfield lawsuit against Chester but will rule later

    After more than an hour of deliberating whether or not local legislation was constitutional, attorneys for two local school districts agreed to submit proposals within 30 days for a circuit court judge to grant a ruling.

  • Library, learning center get computers

    York Technical College hosted an open house Wednesday at the Chester County Library to showcase the new Public Computer Center (PCC). York Tech recently purchased 15 new Dell computers for the library, said Ernie Green, the college's dean of off-campus centers. The college also will create a computer lab at the Chester Workforce & Learning Success Center with 15 additional computers.

  • Lawsuit update: Fairfield attorney says Mitford legislation unconstitutional

    At a special called meeting in Winnsboro Wednesday, the Fairfield County School Board heard an update on the status of its lawsuit with the Chester County School District.

  • Schools receive Palmetto Gold and Silver awards

    Four schools in Chester County are recipients of 2010 Palmetto Gold and Palmetto Silver awards. These awards recognize schools that reach high levels of absolute performance and high rates of growth in achievement. Great Falls Elementary, Lewisville Elementary and Lewisville Middle schools in the Chester County School District and the Academy for Teaching and Learning, the county's charter school, all received the awards.

  • New school board members installed

    Two familiar faces re-joined the Chester County Board of School Trustees on Monday at its first  meeting of the year. After the oaths of office were administered, Maggie James and the Rev. Bill Stringfellow were officially seated as the newest faces of the board. Denise Lawson and Jim Stroman, members from the previous board, also took their oaths after having been re-elected in the November election. Board members then voted James as their new chairwoman and Lawson as vice chairwoman.

  • Chester schools plan to follow calendar and open Tuesday

    After a week out of school due to bad weather, more than 5,600 students of the Chester County school system will still enjoy their scheduled MLK holiday on Monday, said Chester County School Superintendent Dr. Thomas Graves.
    “In Chester County we're going to follow our calendar,” Graves said.

  • COLT's Graham earns state honor

    "It's too early for problems."
    That was Tammy Graham's response when she was told she had to leave the bus line she was working at the Chester Park Center of Literacy through Technology school to attend to an emergency inside the building. The only real problem was keeping Graham from finding out that she'd won Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year from the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.