Summer school dates set
Thomson High School has announced the dates and registration times for summer school and for graduation test summer review (remediation).
The school will be held June 2-23, and registration is May 30-June 1. Morning classes are scheduled from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and afternoon classes are from 1-6 p.m. with classes meeting Monday-Thursday each week.
Courses will be based upon the needs of students, but in past summer schools the following classes were offered: English I-IV, American Government, Economics, U.S. History, Algebra I and II, physical science, biology, and world geography.
Graduation Test summer review classes are tentatively planned July 6 -- 18 with courses in math, science, English and social studies.
New staff slot requested to monitor AYP
The McDuffie County School Board discussed a request to add a new position to the office of curriculum and instruction.
Dr. Kathryn Collins, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, asked the board to consider hiring someone to oversee accountability for Adequate Yearly Progress (under the No Child Left Behind Act), accreditation, Title I and assessment.
"We would closely align that person with (the office of) curriculum and instruction," she told the Board at the regular meeting Feb. 10.
An additional person is needed because the AYP process is intensive, and the McDuffie County School System also has the rigorous process of district accreditation to go through, she said. AYP is important to maintain because schools that meet certain requirements receive funds from the state.
Some board members expressed reluctance to hire another person to join the central office, while others noted that person might help pay their way by obtaining grant money and handling important details.