• 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.

  • Class of '71

    During the 1970-'71 school year, all the students at Chester High School learned and studied under one roof. Even so, the place didn't feel like one, cohesive school.
    "It was really like two separate schools," said Yvonne Lloyd.

  • Was interim super vote mishandled?

    A prepared statement read by Chester County School Board Chairwoman Maggie James Thursday night seems to indicate that a vote to hire John Taylor as interim superintendent may not have been handled properly.
    At the special called meeting, the board went behind closed doors to discuss the search for an interim superintendent. Upon returning to open session, a motion was made to authorize James to offer the position to Taylor, a former Lancaster County superintendent. The motion was unanimously approved. Immediately following the vote, James read a prepared statement.

  • Interim superintendent named

    John Taylor, a retired Lancaster County Schools superintendent, is the new Chester County interim superintendent. Taylor began his duties with the district effective Monday. Per the terms of his contract, he will receive a salary of $10,000 per month.

  • School board approves budget, will continue interim talks

  • School Board holds public hearing for budget