RIDGEWAY — Fairfield County School District Superintendent J.R. Green discussed recent accomplishments during a town hall style meeting at Geiger Elementary School on Wednesday.
Green took the time to interact with parents and community members and highlight parts of the district, while wrapping up his second year in Fairfield County.
Both the seventh grade and eighth grade academic teams finished high enough in the Old English Consortium (OEC) Academic Challenge competition to compete in the state championship in Florence on March 20.
The seventh grade team finished the season with only one loss and the eighth grade team finished undefeated.
OEC executive director Mike Fanning expressed pride and elation when announcing the academic success and encouraged parents to celebrate academics the same way they celebrate athletics.
“For decades I’ve been asking why not us, why not Fairfield County,” he asked the assembly. “Well, the day has come and we haven’t just caught up to other schools, we’ve taken the lead. I want to see a caravan of parents headed to Francis Marion (Florence) on Thursday the same way they head to football games. “
Fanning credited the county’s academic success to the students, parents, teachers and Green.
“We’re seeing a difference in Fairfield these past two years,” Fanning noted. “I am proud of Mr. Green and I appreciate the direction he is going.”
Green explained and reviewed the district’s schools’ report card to attendees (see breakout for extended information).
“In terms of student achievement and growth, Fairfield County experienced as much growth as any county across the state,” he noted. “In terms of a single year’s growth we experienced as much as anyone in the state.”
In their first year, the Fairfield Central Griffins Robotics Team-5327 finished 14th overall in a competition at Myrtle Beach and earned the top rookie award.
Team 5327’s performance was good enough to earn a spot a regional competition in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. in April.
Green said he would make a recommendation to the school board at Tuesday’s meeting to help fund the robotics team’s trip.
“I will continue to make recommendations to support the students of Fairfield County,” Green insisted.
During the Feb. 18 school board meeting, Green recommended funding of $10,000 for the Fairfield Middle School chorus to compete at Disney Sings-Young Performers Edition and $12,000 to send the drama class to New York.
Both recommendations were approved by the board.
Green announced that 73 students have already submitted their application for the STEM Early College Academy, which allows students to earn a two-year associates degree when they receive their high school diploma.
Fourteen seventh graders received a high enough score to qualify to take the ACT or SAT based on their sixth grade pass assessment (95 percentile).
The Fairfield Magnet School for Math and Science has been recognized as a finalist for the Palmetto’s Finest award.
It is the first time in history that a Fairfield County School District school has been a finalist for the Palmetto’s Finest award.
The winning school will be announced March 26.