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A Florence T.V. station WBTW-T.V.  is reporting that Dr. Charles King,  a member of the Kershaw County School Board and an associate superintendent with the Chester County School District is one of three finalists for superintendent of Florence County School District Three.  The names of the three finalists, including King, were released Thursday after an executive session of the Florence District Three school board.  The other finalists are Laura Hickson, assistant superintendent of instruction for Florence District Three and Dr. William Wright, superintendent of the McCormick County School District.  The Florence District Three school board plans to conduct interviews with the finalists and make a decision in February.

Doby’s Mill Elementary School will be holding their 1st Boosterthon Fun Run on Friday, January 23 to raise money for their school. Here, Mrs. Mackey’s second graders, principal, Ginger Catoe, and the Boosterthon crew show their excitement for the upcoming event.

Friday students at Lugoff Elementary took part in Boosterthon to raise funds for the Star Reading and Accelerated Reading programs at Lugoff Elementary.  Through Boosterthon students learn about fitness, leadership and character as well as being a good citizen in the community.  Friday students running laps to raise funds pledged.

Registration for Kershaw County School District’s (KCSD) 2015-16 four-year-old and five-year-old kindergarten classes will be Thursday, Feb. 19.

The district also will be registering students on Feb. 19 who will be in the first grade in 2015-2016 and are not currently enrolled in district schools. This registration is not necessary for a future first grader who is currently attending a KCSD kindergarten class.

Kershaw County School Board policy requires parents to bring the following documents to enroll a student for the first time: a copy of the child’s birth certificate, the child’s South Carolina Certificate of Immunization, a parent/guardian’s valid South Carolina ID such as a driver’s license, a tax document with the current and correct address, a check stub with the current and correct address, and either a mortgage or lease agreement or legally notarized documentation from the landlord. A child’s registration will not be complete without this documentation.

Parents should register five-year-old kindergarten and first grade students at the school sites for which their residences are zoned; four-year-old kindergarten students should be registered at the school closest to their residence where the program is offered.

To be eligible for the four-year-old program, students must be four years old on or before September 1, 2015. Students applying for the four-year-old program must take an admissions test that is given at a later date.  Four-year-old child development programs are tentatively scheduled for Baron DeKalb Elementary, Blaney Elementary, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Midway Elementary, Pine Tree Hill Elementary and Wateree Elementary, although programs are subject to discontinuation in the event of funding shortages.

To enroll in five-year-old kindergarten programs, a child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2015.  Parents of students currently enrolled in four-year-old programs in Kershaw County who are now registering their children for five-year-old kindergarten do not have to provide the required documentation for new students since they had to do so last year for acceptance into the four-year-old program. All elementary schools have five-year-old kindergarten programs.

 

To participate in this registration for first grade, a student must be 6 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2015, and not currently enrolled in the Kershaw County School District.  All elementary schools have first grade programs.

Registration times 

Registration times on Thursday, Feb. 19 are as follows:

Baron DeKalb Elementary School - 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Bethune Elementary School - 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Blaney Elementary School – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Camden Elementary School – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Doby’s Mill Elementary School – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Jackson Elementary School – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Lugoff Elementary School – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Midway Elementary School – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Mt. Pisgah Elementary School - 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Pine Tree Hill Elementary School - 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Wateree Elementary School - 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Parents of eligible students are encouraged to participate in this registration to assist the school district with planning for next year’s classes. Parents do not have to bring their children to registration, but are welcome to do so.

The board of directors of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning voted to approve and endorse the 2015 competitiveness agenda of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.  There are two main items in the state chamber’s competitiveness agenda- improving South Carolina’s infrastructure, roads and bridges and also improving jobs training in the Palmetto  State.  The chamber board approved the state chamber’s competitiveness agenda with a unanimous vote.

Last night in Middle School basketball Camden swept Stover with the girls winning 27-11 and the boys winning 49-31.

Tonight in Middle School basketball Camden host Lugoff Elgin tipoff is set for 5:30.

In high school JV basketball tonight Camden goes to Richland Northeast for a 5:30 tip while Lugoff Elgin travels to Blythewood tipoff is set for 6:00.

Tonight in high school wrestling Andrew Jackson, Central, and Indian Land will travel to North Central that match will start at 6:00 also in action Lugoff Elgin will host River Bluff starting at 6:00.

Friday night in High School basketball Lugoff Elgin will host Blythewood while North Central travels to Cheraw both of these games will tip off at 6:00.

Friday night on Kool 102.7 at 5:45 its high school baskeball as Camden host Richland Northeast.

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at 6:00 it’s the high school coach’s hour basketball edition.

Kershaw County Council recently passing a resolution honoring outgoing Elgin mayor Brad Hanley his years of service to the town of Elgin, the West Wateree and Kershaw County.  Hanley has served as a member of Elgin town council, mayor of Elgin and was instrumental in the renovation and expansion of Elgin town hall as well as the construction of the new fire station for the Baney volunteers fire department.  The resolution honoring Hanley passed with a unanimous vote.  Hanley is a candidate for a seat on Elgin town council in the town elections taking place in February.

Kershaw County Council Tuesday evening passed first reading by title only of an ordinance to develop a jointly owned and operated industrial and business park in conjunction with Chesterfield County.  County administrator Vic Carpenter told councilmen that the ordinance is part of the process of selling KershawHealth to Capella Health and that by creating the park KershawHealth could become a taxable entity.  Under the arrangement the county would charge a fee to the new entity. Councilman Jimmy Jones said he is disappointed that it seems it’s not possible to keep Kershaw Health as a locally controlled facility.  The measure faces two more readings before it becomes final.

At its organizational meeting Tuesday morning, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees swore in its newly elected members and elected new officers.

Sworn in for four-year terms were Kim DuRant, Seat 6; Shirley Halley, Seat 4; Dr. Charles King, Seat 8; and Mark Sury, Seat 2.  DuRant is the current longest serving member, having started in 2003.  Halley was first elected in 2011.  King formerly served on the school board from 2007 to 2010; this is Sury’s first term in office.

Ron Blackmon, Seat 9, was elected chairperson by his peers.  DuRant was re-elected as vice-chairperson and Halley was re-elected as chaplain.

Pictured left to right: (front) Shirley Halley, Ron Blackmon and Kim DuRant.  (back) KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan, Derrick Proctor, Mark Sury, Mara Jones, Matt Irick, Dr. Charles King and Louis Clyburn.