|We’re pleased to announce that the school board named Dr. Sean Alford as the District’s new superintendent at the special called board meeting held on June 30th at the District office. Dr. Alford comes to Aiken County with two decades of administrative experience in South Carolina’s public schools. He is currently an Assistant Superintendent in Dorchester School District Two in Summerville, South Carolina.|
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South Aiken's Valedictorian David Stoner joined five of the nation's top math students last week in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the International Math Olympiad. The U.S. Team defeated more than 100 countries, and took home their first win in 21 years!
“It is very easy to believe that the United States team was victorious this year if the team members were all of the same caliber as David Stoner,” remarked an elated Jill Jett, Principal of South Aiken High School. “David is brilliant, articulate, and self-motivated and had a great team of educators working with him at South Aiken who supported, encouraged and challenged him.”
Aiken County Public Schools partnership with Aiken Technical College and MTU Diesel is gaining attention.
State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman stopped by the plant on June 19th for a tour with some of our apprentices, Ty'Quan Corbitt, Silver Bluff HS; Nigeria Williams, South Aiken HS graduate; Ryan Hutson, Midland Valley HS graduate; and Kenneth Lybrand, Aiken HS.
The group is pictured, left to right, with Superintendent Spearman, who insisted we call her "Molly," center.
"Molly" was at the plant to learn from Aiken County's community partnership and hopes to work together with the District, Aiken Tech, and MTU on a plan to promote apprenticeships state-wide.
One hundred and fifty rising fourth graders are signed up to participate in the District’s first ever Summer Reading Camps, an opportunity for students to master their literacy skills, preview the science and social studies material they’ll encounter when regular school session resumes in August, and take part in fun, educational field trips like the planned excursion to North Augusta’s Living History Park on Wednesday.
Summer Reading Camps are one aspect of the Read to Succeed Act, legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Haley in June of last year.
Aiken County's camps are being held at four centralized elementary school locations. I visited one earlier today and encountered students having so much fun reading and learning about Native Americans, making “Wampums,” working in small groups, collaborating and exploring in a relaxed classroom environment.
Student-centered decisions will continue for Aiken County Public Schools with a new Deputy in town!
Please join us in welcoming our incoming Deputy Superintendent Dr. Shawn Foster, his wife and their two young children to Aiken County.
"I'm looking forward to joining you in the great things happening in Aiken County," commented Dr. Shawn Foster. (more)
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