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Schools open in a week – Are you ready?

Outfitting a child to go back to school will cost an average of about $650 this year.  Parents spend money on clothes, backpacks, shoes, haircuts, and school supplies. The one-time expense

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Back to school festival set for Sunday at SC Aquarium

The annual First Day Festival will take place Sunday from 1 to 4 pm outside the South Carolina Aquarium, 340 Concord Street. Parking at the Aquarium and Calhoun Street parking garages will cost $1. The event is sponsored by the

Mt. Pleasant gets top priority in CCSD building plan

The 2018 high school football season is about to begin,  and Mt. Pleasant’s Wando High School will have a brand new,  multipurpose stadium. The facility, slated to open in August, will outshine any stadium in the Lowcountry.  The 6000  seat

Mentors sought for new school year

The North Charleston non-profit Be A Mentor is seeking volunteers to work one-on-one with students in grades K – 12. Last school year, the program served 248 students in 18 schools in Charleston County School District and Dorchester County School

Charleston County teachers rate school board “ineffective”

A recent survey compiled by the Charleston Teachers Alliance (CTA), an advocacy group representing teachers in the Charleston County School District (CCSD) rated the nine member school board “ineffective.” The survey indicated some school board members were “pursuing an unclear

Orange Grove graduates its first 8th grade class

2018 marked the first year that Orange Grove Charter School held an 8th grade graduation ceremony. The school’s elementary program had long been recognized as a beacon of excellence in West Ashley public education, and the middle school program began

Let’s take a look at the Florida school safety plan

A 2018 Florida school safety law allows for a new category for safety officers – school guardians. The armed guardians may either be volunteers or school district employees.  They must receive at least 140 hours of training from the county

CCSD paid consulting firm Education Elements $1.2 Million

In 2012, Charleston County School District (CCSD) applied for a $19.4 million federal grant for personalized learning.  CCSD received funding and implemented the grant in 2014. The grant called for the establishment of an Office of Personalized Learning.   There

CCSD pays $188,000 for floating consultant

School board candidate Jake Rambo revealed earlier this week that the Charleston County School District (CCSD) spent $65,000 for an image consultant. Lowcountry Source recently learned that CCSD has payed nearly $188,000 to consultant Beth Havens since August 2016. Havens

Retired CCSD principal and administrator to run for school board

Paul Padron is running for one of the four seats on the ballot for Charleston County School Board in November. He is vying for the West Ashley seat currently held by Eric Mack, who intends to run for re-election. Padron’s

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