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The fire is fading. It’s time to go home. After almost 28 years, I will retire shortly from the position of Laurens County Administrator. It has been a privilege and a distinct honor to serve the county of my birth for most of my professional life. I am not exactly sure of what I will do in...
The most asked questions to me as mayor by the people of Clinton are: “Is it finished? When will it be finished?” What began as an eight-person delegation from Laurens County to Washington, D.C., to ask for federal funding in February 2006 is what “it” is. The delegation returned to Laurens County...
The final article in this series about our upcoming AdvancED visit deals with the very heart of learning—continuous improvement. AdvancED defines using results for continuous improvement as “the district and school implement a comprehensive assessment system that generates a range of data about...
We wager not many people knew his first name was Leo. Leo Vernon Powell died March 9 on his birthday. He was 93. Leo was his given name, but people called him either Vernon or Mr. Powell. We think of him as Mr. PC. He was director of food services at Presbyterian College at two different times that...
The Holocaust. In its scope, volume, and cold, cruel deliberateness, it may rank as the most heinous crime one people have ever carried out against another. The world’s Jews were to be obliterated through a policy Hitler’s regime labeled “the final solution to the Jewish question.” Nazi policy...
If you have ever baked a cake or prepared a special recipe, you likely use a certain list of go-to ingredients. You can’t substitute baking power for baking soda (Yes, I learned that the hard way.)! The same goes in education. Certain things cannot be omitted or trivialized even though they may not...
At dinner last Thursday night at Old Mill, (Carter had the night off and didn’t have to cook), I looked across the table at our three year old grandson. He is, OF COURSE, a beautiful, highly intelligent, funny little boy. If you have doubts about my description, you can call his Nana. On one side...
Early childhood education is blooming at the Thornwell Learning Center just as the daffodils are emerging at Presbyterian College across the street. If this were an industry, we would have an official announcement by the South Carolina Department of Commerce. Twenty people are going to be employed...
Last week as I traveled out the Torrington Road, I was once again reminded of the olden days when the railroad workers stayed in the rail maintenance cars, which were parked in the rail yard. Several years ago, I mentioned the workers staying in the rail yard in the sleeper cars where the Palmetto...
In the continuing series of our preparation for the upcoming AdvancED accreditation visit in two weeks, this particular article focuses on the heart of education—the teaching and assessing for student learning. This standard reads “The district and school’s curriculum, instructional design, and...

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