School’s out, for some

About 30 elementary schools in Greenville County are keeping their doors open for kids until 6 p.m. everyday. They are part of an after-school program that gives working parents a safe and inexpensive answer for afternoon childcare while also raising thousands of dollars for schools. After expenses, Gateway Elementary in Travelers Rest raised $15,000 last […]

Spartanburg rethinks 911 education

This is not an emergency. Five words often said to the dispatch operators at the Spartanburg County Emergency Services that block services for the people who do need medical, police or fire services. It is a growing problem here and across the country. “We get 911 calls for people that lock their keys in their […]

Budget wouldn’t include new taxes

Things don’t look quite as bad in the second version of next year’s Greenville County Schools’ budget, but that’s only if Gov. Mark Sanford loses his court battle and is forced to accept federal stimulus money. The state Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in two lawsuits asking it to determine whether Sanford or state lawmakers […]

Graduate Greenville to include more schools

A community effort to keep kids in school so they can earn a high school diploma is being expanded to two more Greenville County high schools. Graduate Greenville will be put in Southside and Travelers Rest high schools in July, said Judy Snyder, the program’s director. The program, a partnership between Greenville County Schools, the […]

All snow, no school

This month’s snow days may end up being free days for students and teachers in the Upstate. Several legislative delegations have filed local legislation and a statewide resolution has been filed that would allow school districts not to make up the instructional days they missed earlier this week after a snowstorm dumped up to six […]

Sirrine funds decision made

Graduates of charter schools sponsored by Greenville County Schools are eligible for Sirrine scholarships, Associate Probate Judge Edward Sauvain has ruled. When textile magnate J.E. Sirrine set up his scholarship fund more than 60 years ago, there was no Greenville County School District and charter schools did not exist. The scholarships, according to the will […]

And the grades go up

How did Upstate schools fare? Read the statewide report. Greenville County Schools showed the most improvement on school report cards since the state began issuing them in 1999. But only 18 public schools in Greenville County – nearly half of which were career centers or charter schools – met federal achievement goals. School officials blame […]

Cash strapped

See a complete list of what districts want: Wish List School districts in Greenville and Spartanburg counties have more than $131 million in construction projects they would like the federal government to pay for with stimulus money. The projects range from the A.J. Whittenberg Elementary school being built at the Kroc Center in downtown Greenville […]

Where are the teachers going?

Six out of 10 new teachers hired in Greenville County were gone by the end of their fifth year. And Greenville County Schools has no firm idea why four of out six left, according to information released by the district. The top reason the district’s beginning teachers cite for leaving the district is “personal reasons,” […]

Fair play?

Spartanburg School District 7 has agreed to pay $200,000 plus $5,000 a year for 25 years to the Spartanburg Country Club for privileges for the school’s golf team. Most area schools pay nothing to play at private clubs. None pay more than $500 a year. This comes as District 7 has begun spending $7.5 million […]

School board elects new chairman

Megan Hickerson spent the better part of the past decade training for chairing the Greenville County school board. It was as PTA president at her children’s schools and at the district level where Hickerson learned to balance competing viewpoints and interests with what was best for children. The balancing act is even more pronounced at […]

Virginia Tech e-mails

Collegeswoke up to the very real possibility of a major incident on their campuses whena gunman killed 32 people before taking his own life on the Blacksburg campus.The college administration was criticized for sending information to thecollege community too late. The first 911 call was received at 7:15 a.m. Hereis the e-mail correspondence from the […]

In case of emergency

Read the e-mails that went out to the Virginia Tech campus. It didn’t take long for Clemson University to have to use its new campus emergency alert system. Three days after the start of the new semester and the school’s unveiling of its new e-mail and text-message alert system, the system was used to notify […]

Call it the Greenville plan

Bob Hughes compares Greenville County Schools to many homeowners in the school district. Few could afford to buy a house without taking out a 30-year mortgage. Similarly Greenville County Schools couldn’t afford its seven-year, 70-school building program with a $999 million price tag without the alternative financing plan Hughes and Institutional Resources came up with […]

Foreign aid for schools

“Two years ago as he tried to expand the school’s foreign language program, Greer High Principal MarionWaters looked all over South Carolina and the southeast for a Spanish teacher. He couldn’t find one. So he turned to a state Department of Education program that brings Spanish teachers here from Spain. “It’s been a win-win situation […]