In terms of education, it was a big year for Greenville. The community saw a food truck feed children in need and high schools ranked for how challenging they are. Below are five events that stood out during the 2019 year.
Study showed Furman’s economic impact to be $297 million
A study released by Furman University’s Department of Economics revealed Furman’s annual economic impact in Greenville and surrounding counties is more than $297 million. The study was conducted by Furman professor Jason Jones and recent Furman graduate Dyson Von Robinson. The study looked at five channels through which Furman contributed to the economy of Greenville: spending money on services necessary for running the university; employees spend their salaries locally; university spending on resources for infrastructure and building; spending by students; and spending by visitors. Furman provided 2,176 jobs in Greenville County, with an additional 57 jobs in nearby counties. The university also contributed $165.5 million to the gross regional product of Greenville County.
Greenville County has one of the highest rates of unvaccinated students in South Carolina
Food truck provided free meals to students during the summer months
The Riley Institute at Furman partnered with Greenville County Schools to create a food truck program that provided free meals to Greenville County students. The food truck was unveiled July 31 at an event at Travelers Rest United Methodist Church. The food truck concept came from the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative program, where participants worked in small groups to target issues in the community through service projects. During the summer of 2019, the Riley Fellows expanded Greenville County’s Seamless Summer Feeding Program by increasing the plan’s reach through the new food truck. The truck delivered meals to children unable to travel to Seamless Summer locations.
Greenville County Schools proposed starting salary of $40K for teachers, approved
Four schools in Greenville County made America’s most challenging high schools list
Four high schools in Greenville County made the Washington Post’s annual Jay Mathews Challenge Index this year — a ranking of the most challenging high schools in the United States. The rankings are determined by the number of advanced tests given at a high school divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. Of the 2,537 high schools that made the list this year, J.L. Mann Academy ranked 743, Greenville High Academy ranked 864, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities ranked 959 and Riverside High School ranked 1,401. The list doesn’t factor in scores, but rather relies on participation on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests.