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County looks at options for waste collections

  • 11 April 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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With the contract for solid waste collection expiring in December, county officials are exploring various options for citizens.
County Administrator Ron Munnerlyn made a presentation at the Marlboro County Council meeting on Tuesday.
He noted council would have to make a decision in what direction they need to go.
State law requires people to take trash to a manned  site or have a roll cart system to collect it from each house.  The issues faced with the roll cart system is the cost and collecting money from people.

Visual and Performing Arts Showcase displays local children’s artistic talent

  • 28 March 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Visual and Performing Arts Showcase displays local children’s artistic talent

For the first time, the visual and performing arts came together for Marlboro County School District.
The two-day showcase held on March 22-23 featured artwork and musical performances from various schools in the district.
Sandra Widejko, the gifted and talented arts coordinator for Marlboro County School District, thought the event was a tremendous success. Students had a chance to show family, friends and community members artwork during a reception at the Bennettsville Community Center.

Board of Education discusses staffing and outsourcing services for 2019-20

  • 28 March 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Staffing, outsourcing of some services and retirees were discussed during Monday's work session for the Board of Education.
At the beginning of the session, Wes Park, chief officer of finance and operations, reviewed the elementary, middle and high schools' staffing guidelines. He talked about the state regulations and the district's guidelines.  
The state standard for most classroom sizes is 35. Marlboro County School District has between 24-28 students in a classroom.
Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord noted it does cost more to have lower class sizes.
Various positions were highlighted including school resource officers.
Currently, the district pays 100 percent of the cost for SROs, which includes salary, benefits, car, uniform, gun, and training.
"Currently, we pay 100 percent for resource officers, which is unheard of," he said. "We pay 100 percent for nine months of work."
During holidays, summertime, weekends - SROs work with their respective agencies.

Marlboro Academy students are named winners in national handwriting contest

  • 28 March 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro Academy students are named winners in national handwriting contest

Two Marlboro Academy students have been named South Carolina’s second and fourth grade winners in the 2019 Zaner-Bloser’s National Handwriting Contest.
Paisley Ann Stillwell of McColl, a second grade student; and Emilie Riedeburg a fourth grade student of Bennettsville have been named South Carolina’s winners for private schools in the contest.
Now in its 28th year, the contest gives students in kindergarten through eighth grade the chance to showcase and receive recognition for their handwriting skills in manuscript or cursive. Contest judges use the Zaner-Bloser “Keys to Legibility: Size, Shape, Spacing and Slant” to evaluate the entries. Students in kindergarten through second grade compete in the manuscript handwriting category, while students in third through eighth grade compete with cursive handwriting.

MWE chosen as pilot for state initiative

  • 21 March 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marian Wright Edelman Public Library has been chosen as one of two libraries in the state to pilot the Family Place Library initiative.
The primary objective of a Family Place workshop is to serve the family as a unit and to assist parents in their role as primary educators for their young children. 
In addition to MWE, the Charleston County libraries were chosen to pilot the initiative.
MWE Director Bobbie Grooms said the designation is important because according to kidscount.org, 36.1 percent of third graders in the county are testing below reading level. 
She noted by 8th grade, 57 percent of all children in Marlboro County are testing below reading level. 

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