• Let the rumors begin

    In less than 30 days on the job, rumors have begun to fly about Chester County Schools Superintendent Dr. Agnes Slayman. Word recently circulated that Slayman plans to enact a district-wide policy that will “stop coaches from cursing.” When contacted early Wednesday about this issue, Slayman said it was the first time that she had heard anything about it. She was specifically asked by The News & Reporter, “Do you plan to enact a policy that prohibits athletic coaches from using profanity?”

  • Slayman is on the job "non-stop"

    The first two weeks on the job for new Chester County Schools Superintendent Dr. Agnes Slayman have been “extremely busy” to say the least, she said.
    “I've been going non-stop but it's been a great non-stop,” Slayman said on Wednesday.
    She has been getting to know district employees, visiting the schools and “gathering thoughts from everyone,” she said.

  • DJJ Insider: "A wise man learns from a fool's mistakes"

    The S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice has adopted local elementary and middle schools in an attempt to thwart additional youth from coming into their detention programs.
    “DJJ is always looking for meaningful ways to intervene in the lives of youth before they engage in delinquent behavior and in turn become involved in the juvenile court system,” said Michael Smith, director of Community Development.

  • Carpentry students "start strong, finish strong"

    Danny Armstrong's carpentry class at the Chester County Career Center has set a precedent for future classes to maintain. Ten young men took on a project to build a house and set their own deadline to complete it before their Christmas break which began when they left school on Friday.
    “They set the goal at the beginning of the year,” Armstrong said. “I'm elated they finished it and finished it on time like they said they would.”

  • D.A.R.E. graduates celebrate success at CMS

    A recent graduation at Chester Middle School was extra special because it commenced the first one of its kind in more than a decade. The D.A.R.E. program was discontinued in the county schools in the 1990s, said Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith. He was pleased to have the students of Beth Bridges' Exceptional Children's class become the first graduates of the revamped program at Chester Middle School on Friday, he said.

  • Thompson: "Being here instills that love of reading"

    In Kristina Thompson's Pre-kindergarten class at Chester Park School of Inquiry, her students proudly displayed their knowledge of the letter “G.” On a recent fall day, not only did these students recognize the letter but knew the sounds the letter made and easily recalled words that began with that letter.
    “What are some words that begin with the letter G?” Thompson asked.
    Immediately the students raised their hands and offered answers that included “gift” and “golf.”

  • Adult Education-a place to improve skills, increase work-based knowledge

    The new director of Chester County Adult Education is excited about the possibilities his tenure will bring, he said. N'Gai (pronounced Guy) Gaither wants to work with Chester to improve Chester.
    “Adult Education is a great part of the community,” he said. “It is a program I want to see become more influential in the community.”

  • Taylor: "We can tell the difference"

    It's easy to identify the difference a Pre-kindergarten education makes in a young child's life, said Robin Taylor, assistant principal at Great Falls Elementary School.
    “The main thing about our Pre-K program is we can tell the difference between children that have attended a Pre-K program and those who have not,” Taylor said. “Children who attend a Pre-K program in Chester County are well prepared for kindergarten.”
    This “preparation” is exhibited in many forms of the student's progress, Taylor said.

  • Pre-K program improving literacy

    In the Pre-kindergarten class at Lewisville Elementary School, students learn not only to identify letters but how to read those letters as words and complete sentences. The school has a total of 36 Pre-K students divided into half-day morning and afternoon classes, but there is a waiting list for dozens more were the classes available, said LES Principal Wanda Frederick.

  • Deadline nears for Cindy/Mackie awards

    The deadline for applying for the Cindy/Mackie Foundation Awards is only three weeks away.
    The CindyMackie Foundation offers scholarships and grants to students at all ranges. The deadline to apply for an award is Friday, Dec. 30, at midnight.
    Dr. Cynthia “Cindy” Jean Furr was a professor at Winthrop University and the minister of music at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church.
    On April 4, 2009, Furr and her daughter, McAllister “Mackie” Grier Furr Price, were on their way to church when they were fatally killed in a vehicle accident.