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LEXINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
G. Lavender, Ph.D., Superintendent
607 East Fifth Street
Swansea, South Carolina 29160
FAX (803) 568-1020
News Release - For Immediate Release
March 7, 2017
Swansea, SC – This is a follow-up statement to events of Thursday,
February 23, 2017, where students at Swansea High School were working on a
group project that involved the history of slavery in the United States. After the administration had an opportunity
to interview all students involved and the teacher, it has been determined that
throughout the process of this project multiple conferences and conversations
took place between the group and the teacher. The project was one of many from
Swansea High School that was to be entered in a national academic
competition. The theme for the contest
is “Taking a Stand in History”.
The project in question was focusing on groups that ‘took a stand’ in
connection with the Civil War. The
original inspiration for the project came from the students’ desire to
counteract the negative stereotypes oftentimes associated with southern
states. Their hope was to bring
awareness to the positive contributions that southerners made to change the
culture of the south during that time period.
The students’ three areas of focus were the military, education, and
slavery. The group’s research included
historical figures, institutions, and ideas that were involved in the fight
against slavery, such as abolitionists, the Underground Railroad, and the
On the afternoon of Thursday, February 23, 2017, as students
were working on early stages of constructing the exhibit that was to accompany
their research project, they went in search of shackles to represent “breaking
free” from slavery. They were unable to
secure shackles but found a rope, instead.
The students asked the teacher for, and received, permission to use the
rope as a border for the exhibit. They went
back to the construction process and, after some time had passed, they
requested feedback from the teacher. The
teacher examined the exhibit and realized that the visual images could be
negatively interpreted by others. His
feedback included commendations of the overall creative vision of the exhibit,
but also addressed concern about the use of the rope. He advised the students to go back to the
original idea of using the rope as a border.
At the end of the period, this exhibit was placed in a storage closet
along with other projects that were still under construction. Students left for the day.
On Friday, February 24, 2017, around midday but before sixth
period, the teacher noticed a visibly upset student and realized that this was
related to their interpretation of the exhibit mentioned above. The teacher immediately removed the project
and notified administration. The teacher
planned to address the students more directly during their sixth period class
that same day, unaware that another student had photographed the unfinished exhibit
and publicized the photograph externally without an opportunity for discussion
regarding the students’ overall intent and research on abolitionists, the
Underground Railroad, and the Emancipation Proclamation.
The teacher had a thorough understanding of the vision and direction that the
students intended. During these
conferences, students were often encouraged by the teacher to be creative and
intriguing, as they looked at example exhibits from previous competitions. The students had several ideas for titles,
but chose to ‘think outside the box’ with THE SOUTH SHALL RISE AGAIN as opposed
to THE CIVIL WAR. The group members and
the teacher agreed that this title would capture the audience’s attention while
also being applicable to their intention of communicating a positive message of
the South. The project was in the development stage and was not being displayed
or presented when it was publicized. Our investigation found that at no time
was there a defined intent by any stakeholder for the project to have any
purpose other than to shed light on positive contributions made from
individuals who were taking a stand at that time in history.
Since the events of Friday, February 24th, administration
and staff of Swansea High School have taken extreme care to ensure that these
unfortunate events become a learning experience for both students and
staff. The response of students has been
inspiring, as they have shown great levels of resiliency and tolerance. The
staff at SHS has also shown compassionate professionalism as they have sought
to provide leadership and support for all students.
Lexington 4 is committed to furthering the educational interests of our
students and promoting creativity while maintaining a firm stance that the
appearance of intolerance or acts of intolerance for others, of any kind, will
not be allowed. We will continue to
provide the best educational environment possible while maintaining the highest
standards for all our students and employees.
Lexington County School District Four recognizes its fiscal responsibility to appropriately
receipt and expend public funds available for the education of our citizens. In order to fulfill this
responsibility, we are presenting this request for proposals for audit services of fiscal year 2016-17 (with
renewal available for fiscal years 2017-18 and 2018-19) for your consideration and response.
Please see attached file for
additional information, instructions, and requirements.
July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017
Lexington School District Four,
Gaston-Swansea is participating in the Community Eligibility
Provision (CEP) for the 2016-2017 school year.
Section 104(a) of the Healthy, Hunger Free
Kids Act of 2010 amended section 11(a)(1) of the Richard B. Russell National
School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1759a(a)(1))(the law) to provide an alternative to
household applications for free and reduced-price meals in local educational
agencies (LEAs) and schools with increased levels of low-income students. This
alternative is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision. All students enrolled in the
school/district may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge
to them. Families will not have to fill
out meal applications.
Breakfast and lunch meals
follow the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for
healthy school meals. Please encourage students
to participate in the school meal programs.
You may contact your School
Food Service (SFS) Coordinator Debra Hoffman, 607 East 5th
Street, Swansea SC 29160 @ (803)-490-7000 for additional
Parents or guardians that do not want their child/children
to participate in CEP may wish to discuss this matter with Debra Hoffman,
Coordinator of School Food Service on
an informal basis.
Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request
either orally or in writing to Linda G. Lavender, Ph.D., Superintendent
whose address is: 607 East 5th Street, Swansea SC 29160 for a
hearing to appeal the decision.
release was sent to the following newspapers:
The State Record Company and The Lexington County Chronicle &
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department
of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its
Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or
administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,
color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender
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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means
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The S.C. General Assembly has amended S.C. Code of Laws § 59-1-425 (HB 3890) as it relates to school closings due to snow, extreme weather conditions, or other disruptions.
All districts must set aside three days in the annual academic calendar to be used as make-up days. The first three days missed due to snow, extreme weather or other disruptions, must be made up.
If more than three days are missed, the local school board of trustees, by a majority vote, may waive no more than three days. However, the local school board of trustees may prefer to make up missed days and can do so by lengthening the school day by no less than one hour or by operating on a Saturday. Any plan to lengthen the school day must be approved by the S.C. Department of Education before its implementation. Saturday school operations must accommodate or alternatively reschedule normal Saturday tutorial instruction. A waiver of makeup days will be extended to all district public charter schools and all district-approved home school associations.
The State Board of Education has the authority to waive three additional make up days beyond the three forgiven by the local school district upon request.
School Closing Days
Action to be Taken
Must be made up in the
Superintendent and Local
School Board of Trustees
Waive missed days
Extend the school day
Local School Board of Trustees
(a majority vote is required for
District requests SBE waiver
State Board of Education
Do you have a child who will be 2 years old on or before September 1, 2015?
If the answer is YES, you and your child can come to the Early Childhood Center (ECC) and experience what school is like.
You’ll get to explore areas of a classroom, find out things you can do at home to help your child be ready for school, meet teachers, and make new friends for your child and for you.
Jump Start will meet 2 hours per day 2 days a week beginning in September 1015.
Please call 803-490-7001.