Colleton County students can expect some changes for the 2022-2023 school year

5,128 students in Colleton County are returning to the classroom this year.
Source: Live 5
Published: Aug. 15, 2022 at 8:54 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2022 at 10:37 AM EDT
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COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - More than 5,100 students will be returning to the classroom in Colleton County on Monday.

Last year the district started teaching with a new curriculum and Superintendent Dr. Vallerie Cave says they will be continuing professional development and support for teachers. They’re also expanding their Pre-K and several of their programs.

“We’re moving to our to the iReady online formative assessment as well as iReady Reading and iReady Math in our middle school so that we’re making sure our middle school children get exactly what they need,” Dr. Cave says. “We’re all so expanding our Career and Technology Department. We’re doing Sports Medicine for our children. We’re doing Cybersecurity Mechatronics and we’re all so providing drone lessons as well as Nail Tech and Barbering so we’re doing some great things.”

Dr. Cave says they’re also working on getting every Kindergartner a new MacBook and iPad this year so they can continue to engage students and their families.

One of the big changes this year is a revised bell schedule, which Dr. Cave says they did to help students get to school on time and not have to lose any instructional time.

Colleton County is the fourth-largest land mass in the state and Dr. Cave says they are down about 16 bus drivers. She says not every student will get to school on time because the buses will have to run more than one route.  She says they also have a new routing system this year so hopefully that will help cut down some of the routes.

She says they also have been actively hiring for inside the classroom.

“We started out with over 100 vacancies,” Dr. Cave says. “But my HR department is just really phenomenal and now we have around 21 certified vacancies now so to go from 100 to 21 certified vacancies, we’ve come a long way. But every child will have a teacher in front of them on the first day whether it’s a certified teacher or whether or not it’s a long-term sub. We’ve done a remarkable job in terms of getting people to work with actual children.”

Cave adds she’s planning on going to the school board soon to get some incentives approved, like a signing bonus for new employees and other incentives for people already employed.

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