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Intent to Award

posted Mar 27, 2017, 12:24 PM by Jay Lindler

Lexington Four announces its intent to award a contract for Photocopy Equipment and Service to Sharp Business Systems.

Press Release

posted Mar 7, 2017, 10:10 AM by Lisa Ingram   [ updated Mar 27, 2017, 12:22 PM by Jay Lindler ]


               GASTON-SWANSEA                                                       Linda G. Lavender, Ph.D., Superintendent


607 East Fifth Street

 Swansea, South Carolina 29160

(803) 568-1000

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 Emancipation Proclamation. 


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.




Request for Proposal - Photocopying Equipment and Services

posted Mar 3, 2017, 11:27 AM by Jay Lindler

Please see attached.

Request For Proposal For Audit Services For Lexington County School District Four

posted Feb 7, 2017, 5:29 AM by Lynn Craig   [ updated Feb 7, 2017, 7:59 AM ]

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. 

Community Eligibility Provision -Public Media Release

posted Jul 26, 2016, 6:01 AM by DO Web

Effective 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 information.

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. 


This release was sent to the following newspapers:  The State Record Company and The Lexington County Chronicle & Dispatch News.

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 expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.


(Rev 2016)

Make Up Day Information

posted Oct 9, 2015, 10:38 AM by Lisa Ingram

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

Responsible Party


Must be made up in the

school year

Superintendent and Local

School Board of Trustees


Waive missed days




Extend the school day or

Saturday school

Local School Board of Trustees

(a majority vote is required for waiver)


District requests SBE waiver

State Board of Education




Early Childhood Center - JUMP START Program for 2 year-olds

posted Jun 1, 2015, 8:47 AM by DO Web   [ updated Jun 1, 2015, 8:47 AM ]

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.

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