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BACK TO SCHOOL: Edgefield County students return under modified academic calendar

School returns in Edgefield County
School returns in Edgefield County
Provided by: Edgefield County School District

(EDGEFIELD COUNTY, SC) - Summer break is officially over for students in Edgefield County South Carolina who returned to school Monday morning.  The new year brings a modified calendar that brings two week breaks for students in the fall and spring.

District Superintendent, Dr. Kevin O’Gorman, said via press release: “The new academic calendar will provide our teachers, students, and families with extended breaks in the fall and spring for important rest and academic enrichment opportunities. Each of our classrooms are staffed and our teachers are ready for teaching and learning to begin. We’re looking forward to an outstanding school year.”

During the two week breaks in the fall and spring, Edgefield County School District officials say it will "also offer academic support opportunities for identified
students in grades K-12 during the two designated intercession weeks on our instructional calendar (Sept 26-30 and March 27-31)."

Additionally, security upgrades and renovations are coming to Douglas Elementary, Johnston Elementary, W.E. Parker Elementary, JET Middle, and Strom Thurmond High School.  The construction comes following a nearly 55-million-dollar general obligation bond, passed by voters in 2018.

Press release below:

District Celebrates Bond Referendum Projects, Move to Fully Modified
Academic Calendar, Staffed Classrooms for the 2022-23 School Year
Johnston, SC – The Edgefield County School District (ECSD) opened its doors to new and returning students on
Monday, August 1, 2022, for the 2022-23 academic school year.

District Superintendent, Dr. Kevin O’Gorman, says the new school year begins with plenty of excitement as building renovation and new construction projects are completed while the school district also enters its first year under a fully modified academic calendar that will provide two-week breaks in the fall and spring. “All of our 2018 bond referendum projects have either been completed or are in the final stages of completion so we are very excited about these new educational spaces,” stated Dr. O’Gorman. “The new academic calendar will provide our teachers, students, and families with extended breaks in the fall and spring for important rest and academic enrichment opportunities. Each of our classrooms are staffed and our teachers are ready for teaching and learning to begin. We’re looking forward to an outstanding school year.”

On November 6, 2018, the taxpayers of Edgefield County approved a referendum to issue $54,670,000 in general obligation bonds to fund security upgrades and renovations at Douglas Elementary School, Johnston Elementary School, W. E. Parker Elementary School, JET Middle School, and Strom Thurmond High School. The referendum also included security upgrades, renovations and expansion at Merriwether Elementary School, Merriwether Middle School, and the Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center, along with new construction of an auditorium, gymnasium, and practice track at Strom Thurmond High School. With the fully modified academic calendar, ECSD will also offer academic support opportunities for identified students in grades K-12 during the two designated intercession weeks on our instructional calendar (Sept 26-30 and March 27-31).

The September intersession week (Sept. 26-30) will serve as an extension of Summer Opportunities and Recovery (SOAR) Camp for students in K-8 who were identified as those who would most benefit from academic support and remediation. The school district served approximately 445 students during the month of June. A similar opportunity will be offered during the March intersession week (March 27-31) for students in grades K-8 who are identified as needing additional instructional support. Content Recovery and Intervention opportunities will also be offered for high school students during both intersession weeks.  "We are excited to embark on our first year of the modified calendar,” commented ECSD Director of Curriculum and Instruction Stephanie Wallace. “We look forward to expanding opportunities for students during intersession weeks in the coming years to showcase the talent of our teachers and community partners while engaging, enriching, and empowering our learners.”

 

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