Georgetown County students head back to school Wednesday
It’s back to school next week for the more than 9,000 students in Georgetown County.
Buses will start rolling bright and early Wednesday morning, signaling the start of the 2012-13 school year.
District Superintendent Dr. Randy Dozier said he expects it will be a great year.
“We are coming off a good year academically. Most of our teachers have been here all week getting ready,” Dozier said.
Seeing where the students live
The teachers of Kensington Elementary School went on a field trip Thursday.
For two hours, they toured the school’s attendance area so they can see where the students they will be teaching live.
It was the first time such a trip has taken place at the school, according to Principal Fedrick Cohens.
The group of teachers got off the bus at the Georgetown Housing Authority and again on Bonds Street. They also toured Green Acres Mobile Home Park and the areas in Kensington with bus service for the school.
“I thought it was a great opportunity to get out in the neighborhoods so the staff can see the communities we serve,” Cohens said. Indeed, it was the first time many of the teachers had been into some of the places on the tour.
Cohens said it was important for the teachers to see the diversity of the students in their classrooms.
“We have some students from Wedgefield, some from Green Acres,” he said.
During the trip on the bus — driven by A.C. Barrineau — the school’s attendance clerk, Tina Gilliard-Rice pointed out where the students lived, many times calling them by name.
“I think more schools should do this,” Cohens added.
Two schools — Sampit Elementary and Waccamaw Middle — have new principals this year.
Sabrina Goff-Mack is taking over the position vacated by the now-retired Maudest Rhue-Scott, who was the principal at Sampit Elementary for 22 years.
Goff-Mack was assistant principal at Andrews Elementary when she was promoted to her new position in April. Before taking the job in Andrews, she was an assistant administrator at Sampit Elementary.
Dr. Mark Phillips is new principal at Waccamaw Middle School. He replaces principal Bill Dwyer, who resigned to take a job with a private company.
Phillips, the former assistant principal at St. James Middle School in Murrells Inlet, has also taught special education and social studies.
“I am looking forward to a great year. We had a great kickoff [Wednesday] for our teachers,” Phillips said, adding the school has about 440 students
He said the school’s new slogan is “Wildcats, we are one.”
• Andrews Elementary: 7:45 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
• Sampit Elementary: 7:25 a.m., 2:35 p.m.
• Sampit Elementary (Wednesdays): 7:25 a.m., 12:35 p.m.
• Rosemary Middle: 7:40 a.m., 2:55 p.m.
• Andrews High: 7:42 a.m., 3:00 p.m.
• Brown’s Ferry Elementary: 7:30 a.m., 2:20 p.m.
• Plantersville Elementary: 7:20 a.m., 2:20 p.m.
• Pleasant Hill Elementary: 7:25 a.m., 2:20 p.m.
• Carvers Bay Middle: 7:30 a.m., 2:56 p.m.
• Carvers Bay High: 7:40 a.m., 3:07 p.m.
• Kensington Elementary: 7:35 a.m., 2:20 p.m.
• Maryville Elementary: 8:00 a.m., 2:45 p.m.
• McDonald Elementary: 7:25 a.m., 2:20 p.m.
• Georgetown Middle: 8:00 a.m., 3:10 p.m.
• Georgetown High: 7:40 a.m., 2:55 p.m.
• Waccamaw Elementary: 7:45 a.m, 2:35 p.m.
• Waccamaw Middle: 7:45 a.m, 3:00 p.m.
• Waccamaw High: 7:58 a.m., 3:05 p.m.
• Waccamaw Intermediate: 7:45 a.m., 2:35 p.m.
• Howard Adult Center: 8:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
• Howard Optional Program: 7:45 a.m., 2:10 p.m.
There are increases in the price of meals for students this year.
At elementary and middle schools, the full price for breakfast is $1.10, the reduced price is 30 cents.
The adult breakfast has increased from $1.85 to $1.95.
The full price for elementary lunch is now $1.70, the reduced price is 40 cents.
The adult price is $3.35.
The prices for breakfasts at middle and high schools is the same as elementary.
The full price lunch at middle and high schools is $1.80, the reduced price is 40 cents.
The adult meal price is $3.35.
The Georgetown Times will post lunch menus for the next day on its Facebook page each evening.
By Scott Harper
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