Saturday, May 11, 2013
Jennifer Fusco of Beech Hill Elementary named Dorchester County School District Two's Teacher of the Year.
At the Dorchester County School District Two Teacher of the Year celebration on Thursday evening, Jennifer Fusco from Beech Hill Elementary School was named the 2013 District Teacher of the Year. “She speaks from her boundless, open, and sincere heart,” Principal Rene Harris said. Fusco is in her fifth year teaching at the school and currently teaches fifth grade Gifted and Talented and regular English and Language Arts. She is a graduate of Fort Dorchester High School and received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from College of Charleston in May 2008. She began her career as a teacher cadet at Fort Dorchester High School; she was named outstanding elementary education undergraduate student at the College of Charleston; she…
Friday, May 10, 2013
Rollings Middle School student suspended after allegedly bringing steak knife to school.
A Rollings Middle School student allegedly brought a steak knife and "other inappropriate items" to school Thursday, according to Dorchester County School District Two. The student has been suspended. The district did not disclose what the other inappropriate items were, but said all were located in the student's bookbag. There were no safety issues or disruption to other students or to the school day. Parents were informed of the incident.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Dorchester Two employees recognized for their hardwork.
Twenty-eight Dorchester County School District Two employees were recognized as 2013 Star Performers. All schools and district job sites selected a 2013 Star Performer of the Year from among classified staff and they were recognized at this annual awards program followed by a reception. This recognition program was created to showcase the outstanding caliber of all classified employees in the school district. There are 1,124 classified employees working in the district that make a tremendous contribution to the smooth day-to-day operation of schools and the district. Representatives from all twenty-two schools, maintenance department, special services, extended day program, food service, technology, and district support staff were selected…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Dorchester County deputies say William Jesse Baber of North Charleston engaged in a four-month sexual relationship with 17-year-old Ashley Ridge student.
Dorchester County Sheriff's Office has brought charges against a Dorchester County School District Two substitute teacher, alleging a four-month sexual affair with a 17-year-old Ashley Ridge High student. William Jesse Baber II, 22, of North Charleston was arrested Wednesday night and charged with sexual battery of a 16 or 17 year old student with no aggravated force or coercion. According to the incident report, the victim had said she did not want to have sex with the teacher on Wednesday but he had sex with her anyway. Dorchester County Sheriff's Office documents say Baber and the student had begun a relationship in December 2012. Dorchester Two spokeswoman Pat Raynor says Baber no longer works for the district as of Wednesday. He …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Awards ceremony is 6 p.m. Tuesday at Summerville High.
Dorchester County School District Two will hold its annual Star Performer of the Year celebration 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Summerville High School. Twenty-eight employees will be recognized at a special ceremony. There will be a reception for the honorees and their guests immediately following the program. All 21 schools and district job sites have selected a 2013 Star Performer of the Year from among the classified staff. Dorchester Two employs 1,124 classified staff members who provide essential support services for students, teachers, and facilities.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Local schools among 600 leaders in the state, according to annual Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards.
The South Carolina Department of Education announced today the recipients of the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for the 2012-2013 school year. The South Carolina Department of Education recognized 662 schools and career centers for general performance, closing the achievement gap, or qualifying in both categories. Here are the Summerville area winners: The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program (PGS) began with the Education Accountability Act of 1998, giving recognition to schools for high levels of academic achievement and high rates of improvement. The PGS recognizes schools based on the criteria in the statewide Accountability Manual approved by the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) for both general performance and working …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Public meetings begin Monday, March 25.
Dorchester County School District Two invites the public to attend its public workshop and input sessions for the 2013-2014 budget. Last year's district budget was $148 million and, in 2012, voters implemented a $179 million referendum to help fund new schools and other needed construction. Here are the scheduled opportunities for public comment on this year's budget:
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Erin Craddock of Oakbrook Middle, Tina Peterson of River Oaks Middle and Persis Buffum of Pye Elementary attend program focused on science teaching methods.
Roper Mountain Science Center, a facility of Greenville County Schools, has selected three Dorchester School District Two teachers to attend the Science P.L.U.S. (Participatory Learning, Understanding and Sharing) Institute during the summer of 2013. The Institute, 100% funded by a South Carolina Education Improvement Act (EIA) grant, gives intensive training in science teaching methods and activities to public school science teachers from throughout South Carolina. The Institute emphasizes the center’s belief that all students deserve a good science education. Erin Craddock, 8th grade science teacher at Oakbrook Middle School, Tina Peterson, 6th grade science teacher at River Oaks Middle School, and Persis Buffum, 4th grade teacher at …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
28 teachers recognized in their first year as educators.
Dorchester County School District Two has named 28 Rookie Teachers of the Year. Here is the list: Click here to see the 2013 Teachers of the Year.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Parent claims bus driver struck a Knightsville Elementary student.
Dorchester County Sheriff's Office has arrested a school bus driver for allegedly striking an elementary school student — an allegation he denies. Fred Rocquemore, 59, of Summerville has been charged with one count of cruelty to children. The incident allegedly occurred on Thursday, Feb. 7, and was reportedly caught on the school bus's surveillance video. According to the incident report, Rocquemore is seen leaving his bus driver's seat, walking over to a student and raising his hand to possibly strike the student. Those who viewed the video could not confirm if and where the alleged blow landed on the child, according to the report. The parent of the child brought the incident to the attention of the school principal, who then reported …