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AC Problems May Mean Shift in Plans for Centerville School

Workers will spend the weekend making repairs to a faulty air conditioning system at Centerville Elementary School. As a precaution, however, school officials have made alternate plans for Monday just in case the system is still not working properly.
If the system is not repaired by Monday, August 23rd,  the following procedure will be implemented:
Students will arrive for school at Centerville.
Attendance will be taken and early morning routines will be kept as usual.
After the initial morning activities are over, each teacher will accompany his or her class and will be bused to Westside High School for instruction.
“The Westside facility can accommodate our students for the day,” said Centerville Principal Kory Roberts. “The Administration at Westside has worked out the housing logistics and instruction will be carried out just as if the children were at Centerville.”
Lunch will be provided and the students will return to Centerville for dismissal. Buses will run as usual.  In the event that an emergency arises and you must get in touch with your child, please contact Centerville and school administrators will notify your child’s teacher at Westside.
On Friday, Centerville’s air conditioning system worked intermittently. Temperatures inside the school were measured in the mid-70s with higher than normal humidity.
“We regret these unfortunate circumstances,” Mr. Roberts said. “We appreciate your patience and cooperation in following the outlined procedures so that we can keep any confusion to a minimum.”
It is important to note that, even if classes are held at Westside on Monday, all Centerville students should be dropped off and picked up at Centerville. The routine for car and bus pickup will not change.
Please check the Anderson School District Five Website after 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 22nd for an update on this situation. The website address is

School Dist. 2 Grants Top $200,000

Anderson School District Two was the recipient of four grants through the SC Department of Education totaling nearly $200,000.  

These grants will be used to improve instruction and to improve student performance.  Teachers and students at Belton Middle, Honea Path Middle and Belton Honea Path High Schools will participate in grant activities. The State Assessment grant targets all students at the secondary level.  This grant will target instructional methods and provide teachers with scientifically based instructional strategies proven effective in increasing student performance.  By employing GIST software, reshaping instructional units, and addressing literacy issues through a leveled intervention system, students will be taught essential content and test taking strategies to enhance achievement and performance on state measures.

The Professional Development grant involves all teachers at the secondary level by engaging them in scientifically based professional development as part of whole school reform.  Through a systematic, long term, focused professional development effort in conjunction with the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, Anderson 2 will implement reading and literacy courses for students who have low reading performance, as well as enhance the content instruction of all teachers. The Model Demonstration Grant also targets secondary teachers and students.  This grant will provide training for Anderson 2 teachers and students but also opens the middle and high schools to visitors from across South Carolina as well as across the nation.  

Several times during the year, Anderson 2 will showcase teachers and students involved in the Content Literacy Continuum (CLC).  Visitors will receive a program overview, visit classrooms using CLC strategies and will be able to ask questions of students and teachers who are part of the program.  For more information on scheduling a visit, please contact Terry Orr or Jan Bratcher in Anderson 2. The fourth grant is a Transition Grant for Belton Honea Path High School.  This grant work to decrease the dropout rate and increase the graduation rate for high school students.  The transition grant will provide an avenue for teachers to design a motivating and engaging program with possible job certification. Participants will stay in school, learn a marketable skill and which will make the transition to secondary education or the workforce more successful. --


TV Land Planning Andy Griffith Show 50th Celebration

TV Land is counting down the days leading up to the golden anniversary of the highly acclaimed series starring Andy Griffith and Ron Howard -  "The Andy Griffith Show" - with "50 Days of Andy,"  Monday through Friday from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM ET/PT.   Each day during this block, TV Land will share fun show facts and showcase special episodes selected by celebrities and Andy Griffith super fans.  From now through September 22nd viewers can log on to vote for their all-time favorite episodes, from when we first meet Andy and Opie to the hilarious episode when Andy and Barney eat all of Aunt Bee's homemade pickles.  Fans can log onto now to see which episodes are in the running.

The final results of the voting will air on Saturday, September 25th from 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM ET/PT and Sunday, September 26th from 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM ET/PT during a 50th Anniversary top 50 countdown. also includes nostalgic photo galleries, bios, trivia, and games for Andy Griffith fans of all ages.

The tribute does not stop there as TV Land will also celebrate on October 3, the actual anniversary of the series debut, with a special marathon of landmark episodes beginning at 4:00 PM ET/PT.

The "Andy Griffith Show" premiered on CBS and was the story of a mild mannered widower, Andy Taylor, who lived in Mayberry with his Aunt Bee and his young son, Opie, played by Ron Howard.   The show revolved around his life as a single father as well as his life on the job as the sheriff of a small town, Mayberry.  Griffith was joined in the sheriff's office by his nervous and over-zealous cousin and deputy, Barney Fife who was played by the late Don Knotts.  


School Districts 1, 5 to Receive $1 Million Grant for History

Anderson School District Five, in partnership with Anderson District One, will receive nearly $1 million through a federal Teaching American History Grant. The Teaching American History grant program aims to enhance teachers’ understanding of American history through intensive professional development.

Activities include mentoring with professional historians and other experts and partnering with organizations such as libraries, museums and universities. This grant opportunity will increase content knowledge and understanding for our teachers, as well as improve instruction and end-of-course test scores for our students.

Other partners in the competitive grant are Clemson University, the South Carolina Council for African American Studies, and the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

This project was facilitated by Sarah Burns, Coordinator of Grants and Special Projects for Anderson School District Five, and John Pruitt, Director of Secondary Education for Anderson School District One. A total of 124 school districts will receive a total of $114.3 million under this grant program. While the initial grant award give District Five and District One a combined total of $999,741, the districts have the opportunity to be funded for two additional years for a total of $1.7 million.


School Dist. One Posts High ACT Scores

The American College Testing Program (ACT) is a standardized test, with a 36-point scale, designed for students who plan to attend four-year colleges. Results of this test are used by colleges and universities to make decisions about the admission of individual students to their programs and to assess students’ academic potential for success in college.

The average Anderson School District One ACT score for the 2010 year was a composite 21.2, 0.7 above the national average and 1.2 points above the state average.  The five year trend for Anderson One students indicates improvement with this past year dropping slightly below last year’s district all time high.

The ACT measures students’ abilities in the key course areas of English, Math, Reading, and Science and arrives at the composite average total for all areas combined.  Anderson One’s overall results remain very high in a comparison of the state’s 86 school districts.  Placing 9th with its composite score of 21.2, the district scored in the top nine of all districts in all categories.  The score of 20.8 ranked Anderson One as the 6th highest achieving district in the state in that category.
Students taking advanced level math and science courses typically achieve substantially higher ACT scores.  “More and more of our students are taking rigorous academic classes.  This helps them to do well on standardized tests of this sort and generally forecasts success in post secondary education,” said Dr. Wayne Fowler, superintendent of Anderson One.



Dist. 5 Board to Look at Bids for New School

Anderson County School Dist. 5 will hold a Special Board Meeting to consider bids for the North Pointe Elementary School early site package Aug. 27 at 11:30 a.m. in the board room of the district office.


Anderson Artist Work on Display at ECP

Beginning August 19, during the opening of "The Taffetas" at Electric City Playhouse, and running through September 20, Anderson Artist Guild Member Craig Johnson will be the featured artist in a show where he hopes to prove that the greatest beauty in life is usually found at home and that one does not need to go to exotic destinations ten times zones away for inspiration.

His focus in his show is almost entirely pictures taken within Anderson Country. He believes that photography is a way to harvest beauty and share it with others without limits. It’s his goal with his images to teach people to see the beauty in their own worlds. When he takes an image he attempts to compose it as if he was laying out a painting or drawing. As he does not even have a photo-editor on his computer, he tries to capture the essence of real life within his camera.

Craig sees himself as a regular guy who has been allowed to live a magnificent life through no merits of his own. Over the past forty years he has traversed the Panama Canal eight times, written 29 books and wants to leave this world tidier than he found it. His pictures represent an eye and skill level only earned through decades of experience and extensive experimentation. For more information please call (864) 224-4248 or email info@ecplayhouse.

McAlister Dist. 5 Teacher of Year

Angel McAlister, a third grade teacher at Calhoun Academy of the Arts, was named District Five’s Teacher of the Year at today’s Back-to-School Celebration held at Westside High School.

Mrs. McAlister has taught at Calhoun since 2000 and has a total of nine years teaching experience. She says part of her inspiration to teach comes from struggling as a third grade student with Attention Deficit Disorder. Her problem was diagnosed, and with the help of her teachers and other caring adults she became a high-achieving student by fifth grade.

“I believe that it is not a coincidence that I teach third grade; the very grade level that was so demanding for me,” Mrs. McAlister said. “My greatest contribution to education is my sincere sensitivity to students who struggle. I understand that it takes struggling learners so much longer to comprehend new information, and it is my job to be their support system.”

The finalists for District Teacher of the Year, in addition to Mrs. McAlister, were Kimberly Grove of South Fant Early Childhood and Education Center and Donnis Finet of Southwood Middle School.
The District also named its Employees of the Year in seven categories. They are: 
Adult Education – Jan Gambrell
Food Service – Rosemary Small
Maintenance – Terry Arnold
Custodial – Vera Allman
Transportation – Darlene Williams
Instructional Support Staff – Peggy Hanley
Support Staff – Jamey Hill
Teachers of the Year at the District’s individual schools are as follows: Calhoun Academy of the Arts - Angel McAlister; Centerville Elementary School, Renee Drake; Concord Elementary School, An International Baccalaureate World School – Becky Easton; Homeland Park Elementary School – Tara Wilson; McLees Elementary School – Kimberly Barnette; Midway Elementary School of Science and Engineering – Melinda Butler; Nevitt Forest Community School of Innovation – Anna Wentzky; New Prospect Elementary School – Jamie Gaines; Varennes Academy of Communications and Technology – Sandra Brock; Whitehall Elementary School – Kristin Cox; Lakeside Middle School – Brooke Lance; McCants Middle School – Shera Patel; Southwood Middle School – Donnis Finet; Anderson V Career Campus – Ashley Granata; T.L. Hanna High School, An International Baccalaureate World School – Ken Littlejohn; Westside High School – Rhonda Usry; South Fant Early Childhood and Education Center – Kimberly Grove; West Market Early Childhood and Education Center, Denise Barrett.

Masked Marvels & Wondertales Coming to Clemson

Michael Cooper combines his talents to present "Michael Cooper: Masked Marvels & Wondertales," a family show that has captivated audiences around the country and the globe, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Clemson
University’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.
Read the entire news release at:

United Way Prepares to Roll Out 2-1-1

United Way is getting very close to being able to launch 211 in Anderson County, and we need your support! 

Every hour of every day, people need help accessing human services, but many do not know where to turn for assistance. 2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects people with important community services and volunteer opportunities. It is free, confidential, and available 24/7.

Your voice is needed! Help us ensure every Anderson County resource is included. Please join us in creating a successful program for our community:

Date: Monday, August 16th
Time: 4:00pm
Place: Anderson County Library - Rooms B & C
Presenter: Tim Ervolina, President, United Way Association of South Carolina

Please RSVP to or by calling 226-3438


County Council Looks at Meetins at Civic Center; Shelter Policy

Anderson County Council will look at resolutions on the Anderson County Sports and Entertainment Center, the Anderson County Animal Shelter as well as a number of other issues facing the county in the new budget year.

The meeting will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse downtown.  Full agenda here.


Becky Ross Anderson School District One Teacher of the Year

1st row: Chrissy Bamberg, Wren Elem.; Rachel Brookman, Palmetto Elem.; Kathy Cord, Powdersville Middle; Betsy Ross (District Winner) Hunt Meadows Elem.; Meagan Long, Palmetto Mid.; Shay Barksdale, West Pelzer Elem.; Addie McConomy, Palmetto High
2nd row: Blakely Callaham, Cedar Grove Elem.; Jill Hendricks, Powdersville Elem.; Ashley Crocker, Concrete Primary; Wes Ballard, Spearman; Lori Randall, Wren Middle; Larry Clark, Jr., Wren High  
  Anderson County School District One is proud to announce Becky Ross as the 2010-2011 district Teacher of the Year winner. She was selected from thirteen representatives from each school in the district. The winner was announced on August 13, 2010 at the back to school opening assembly for the district.
     Her post graduate work was done at Clemson University and undergraduate was from Winthrop College. She taught Kindergarten through second grade before changing her career focus to Counseling and Guidance.      She is presently serving as Guidance Counselor at Hunt Meadows Elementary. 
Teacher of the Year, Becky Ross, said “I am surprised by this awesome recognition. It is such an honor coming from the teachers I work with each day at Hunt Meadows. I have loved working in Anderson One and never doubted my calling to be a teacher and a counselor. I have always felt that caring and making connections with my students must be the primary focus to help all students be successful. It is most rewarding when a former student comes back to say, “You were the reason they became a teacher.”
     Dr. Wayne Fowler, Superintendent for Anderson District One, said, “Becky Ross is an excellent choice for Anderson One’s Teacher of the Year. She has done an outstanding job as a teacher and as a guidance counselor for our district for the past 19 years. It is evident that she cares about what she does. She is certainly a role model for teachers across the district and state.”
     Mrs. Ross is married to Scott Ross and they have two sons. She is actively involved at Easley Presbyterian Church and the Easley Junior Women’s Club. 
     Three finalists were named: Larry Clark, Jr., Wren High School,  Kathy Cord, Powdersville Middle School and Addie McConomy, Palmetto High. The thirteen Teachers of the Year serve on the Superintendent’s Forum representing each individual school. 
     Anderson District One is proud to announce its school nominees for the district Teacher of the Year competition.  Each of these 13 teachers was selected by their peers as the best example of teaching excellence for this year.  Anderson One Teachers of the Year are recognized at the district back to school opening assembly followed by a luncheon in their honor.  The teacher of the year is selected through an application process and will go on to represent the district at the state level.  
Blakely Callaham, Cedar Grove Elementary  
Ashley Crocker, Concrete Primary
Becky Ross, Hunt Meadows Elementary    
Rachel Brookman, Palmetto Elementary
Jill Hendricks, Powdersville Elementary
Wes Ballard, Spearman Elementary
Taquilla Barksdale West Pelzer Elementary
Chrissy Bamberg, Wren Elementary
Meagan Long, Palmetto Middle School
Kathy Cord, Powdersville Middle School
Lori Randall, Wren Middle School
Addie McConomy, Palmetto High School
Larry Clark, Jr., Wren High School

Construction Delays Move Centerville Elementary’s Start Date

     Classes at Centerville Elementary School will begin on Thursday, August 19th because of delays with Anderson-based Lazer Construction Company’s project to improve car access and stacking areas and enhance safety for parents dropping off and picking up their children at the school. Orientation meetings have also been rescheduled.
     Centerville students will not have to attend extra school days this year as a result of the two-day delay, according to District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. Instead, the school may make up the time during the school year by using half-day professional development days and other time already built into the school calendar. The start of classes for other District Five schools remains Tuesday, August 17th.
      “We regret that this delay will force us to move the start of classes until Thursday, but we feel it is the appropriate course of action to ensure our students and parents the safety and accessibility they need,” Mrs. Bagley said. “It is also important to give our Centerville parents the opportunity to attend orientation meetings in which they can become acquainted with their children’s teachers before classes begin.”
      Centerville Principal Kory Roberts said that, despite the delay of school, his teachers and support staff members are looking forward to the improvements being constructed and appreciate the cooperation of district leaders in modifying the schedule to meet the needs of the school. “I encourage parents with questions or concerns to contact me at 260-5100 or at”
      Orientation meetings at Centerville were originally scheduled for Sunday, August 15th at 3 p.m. for Kindergarteners and Monday, August 16th at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. for grades first through fifth. Those meetings have been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 18th at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Parents are invited to attend either meeting regardless of the grade their child will be entering.