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 […]

Lobbying pays

“Clemson University and the University of South Carolina spent more than $350,000 on federal lobbyists last year. But the schools say the money was well spent because it brought in millions of dollars in federal funding the schools may not have received otherwise. Clemson spent $180,000 on Washington lobbyists last year, but received $15.3 million […]

Abuse of power

“It started innocently enough four yearsago when a female student at Southside High talked to social studiesteacher Lance Diefenderfer about some problems she was having. It ended in a Greenville Countycourtroom last week with Diefenderfer admitting he had a sexualrelationship with the girl and pleading guilty to contributing to thedelinquency of a minor. He was […]

Kicked out of kindergarten

After being told to sit down and finish his work, a student got mad, stomped over to another student and kicked him in the head. Another repeatedly dropped things in the toilet attempting to flood the school. A third picked up a chair and hurled it across the room when he didn’t like what the […]

Student housing brings cops to Greenville Tech

Since Greenville Tech opened itsstudent housing in September, six students have been kicked out because of criminal violations ranging from drug and alcohol violations to assault. And police have been called to the student apartment complex to investigate 29 incidents, including 18during the first six weeks of 2007. Because the addition of student housingnow puts […]

With honors

“A high school senior with a 3.9 grade point average at Hillcrest High will walk across the stage at graduation this June with high honors. But if that same student graduates from Mauldin, J.L. Mann or Riverside, there would be no special designation. Greenville County schools set their own criteria when determining who graduates with […]