WINNSBORO — The Fairfield County School District held the first of four partner breakfasts in which it opened its doors to the business and faith community Thursday morning.
Superintendent Dr. J.R. Green provided a progress report for the district schools before laying out the plans for an ambitious initiative for students.
Green began by discussing some of the controversies many school districts in the state are facing and, more importantly, the lack thereof in the Fairfield County School District. He also noted the continued improvement over his four years as superintendent.
Most importantly, Green emphasized his commitment to both the Fairfield County School District and the community. He recently extended his contract with the district through 2021.
“Our community needs some stability. You can’t continue to change courses every year, because you can never see anything through,” he said. “I can tell you I am absolutely committed to being in Fairfield County.”
Some of the last year’s improvements Green noted were significant improvements in students’ SAT and ACT scores. The district is also continuing to add and expand many of the opportunities available to students.
Midlands Technical College has partnered with the district to offer college courses never before offered in high school. Many students are now graduating high school with an Associate’s Degree.
In addition to college degrees, the new Career Center is offering various programs to provide job skills. Green noted that “you can never have too many skills.”
The highlight of the morning was a new initiative to maximize student learning potential. Students between grades 7 and 12 are now issued a Chromebook which they keep with them to do school work. While it can be helpful to have access to these computers, many students do not have access to the Internet to maximize their learning potential.
Green is looking to partner with local churches to provide access to these students. His hope is that community churches will open their doors to these students several days each week after school.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.