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Education

  • Jeanette Millen at LES is February Rock Star Teacher

    The colleague that nominated her called her a “saint, dressed in teacher’s clothing.”

    Jeanette Millen, a 25-year veteran 2nd grade teacher at Lewisville Elementary School, was chosen as the February Rock Star Teacher of the Month.

    District officials including Superintendent Dr. Angela Bain, surprised Mrs. Millen this week with a bouquet of flowers, balloons, trophy and a certificate proclaiming her Rock Star status.

  • Lockhart school slated to close

    It isn’t a Chester County School, but the closing of the Lockhart School will affect some Chester County students.

    According to The Union County News, a decision was made at Monday’s meeting of the Union County School Board to allow Superintendent Dr. Bill Roach to reassign the 36 employees of the Lockhart School to other schools in the county. Essentially, that means the Lockhart School (which serves kindergarten through eighth graders) will cease operation next school year.

  • Moved by the music, moving in the music

    To slightly re-write an old joke, that was told about getting to Carnegie Hall:

     

    Some young musicians found themselves lost in Charlotte.

    Late for a concert at the Blumenthal, one asked a passerby:

    “Excuse me, how do you get to the Belk Theater?”

    Without breaking stride, the passerby replied: “Practice, practice, practice.”

     

  • Speakers tell school board why referendum didn't pass

    A couple of speakers during the public comment portion of the February Chester County School Board took to the podium to give their opinions on why the recent school bond referendum failed.

  • Board briefed on school safety

    In light of the mass shooting event that took place recently in Parkland, Fla. where an armed assailant entered the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and was able to kill 17 students, Chester County Chief Operations Officer Jeff Gardner provided a safety update to members of the Chester County School Board at their February meeting.

  • CHS student's art in top 10 in Atlantic Institute Columbia contest

    Artwork created by Chester Senior High School student Bethany Lathrop is one of the top 10 pieces by high school students selected in the Atlantic Institute Columbia Art and Essay Awards.

    The winners of the awards will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Booker T. Washington Auditorium on the University of South Carolina campus on March 15 at 2 p.m. The grand prize winner in the awards ceremony will win a trip to Peru.

  • Voter participation isn't what it used to be, officials say

    What might be called a “dismal” voter turnout for Tuesday’s school bond referendum seems to be a sign of the times, say Chester County Elections officials. Barely 9-percent, a total of 8.75- percent of Chester County’s registered voters came out to vote in the referendum.

    Bill Marion, the chairman of the Chester County Elections Commission, observed on Tuesday evening that at 6 p.m., only 100 voters had voted at the Ella Street location. This is different from what used to happen, Marion said.

  • Bain: Stock market volatility won't impair $38 million school bond

    Chester County School District Superintendent Dr. Angela Bain said even the recent violent ups and downs of the stock market won’t stop the school district from getting the best interest rates they can for their proposed $38 million school bond.

  • School Board approves resolution on EOC

    At a special called meeting on Monday night, the Chester County School Board approved a resolution in support of state Sen. Mike Fanning’s bill to dissolve the state Education Oversight Committee (EOC) and shift their powers and duties to the S.C. Department of Education (SCDE).

    The board discussed the resolution first at their January meeting, where Superintendent Dr. Angela Bain told them the S.C. School Boards Association (SCSBA) released a Statement of Belief and several school superintendents across the state were bringing the information to their school boards.

  • School district battling the flu

    The Chester County School District is like most school districts in the state, dealing with the flu epidemic that is sweeping South Carolina.

    A spokesperson for the school district said they aren’t sure how many student absences are due to flu because the notes local physicians are sending back with those students when they return to class don’t always state flu was the reason for the absence.

    Other reasons for absences are other common childhood illnesses, the school district said.