Tim Hicks

Unique partnership may bring new gym to Barnwell High

Had it not been for the flooding that hit the state in October, Barnwell 45 School District and Barnwell County Emergency Management Department (BCEM) might not have a unique chance to meet some mutual needs.

The flooding caused parts of the state to be declared disaster areas by the federal government but also released about $36.2 million for “hazardous mitigation” grants. These grants – if approved – can either repair damage or fund projects to better handle future disasters.

Partnership to awaken teacher recruitment

The Barnwell 45 School District announced April 25 that it is joining forces with the University of South Carolina in a pilot program to address one of the district’s persistent challenges: teacher recruitment.

Barnwell 45 will be one of two school districts that will get student teachers through the USC Center of Excellence for the Advancement of the Workforce and Knowledge Economy (AWAKE). The other district is Florence 4.

Leaders discuss potential for new career center

The sales pitch – in a sense – was a call for investors.

State, county and local officials met March 15 to hear about a concept to jointly help education and economic development – one supported by two Barnwell 45 school board members, Chad Perry and Rhett Richardson.

The concept is a facility that would be located near the Barnwell airport and consist of a combined campus space for the Barnwell County Career Center and a technical college partner.

The idea behind it has several purposes:

Warhorses face alumni on John Hall Field

The Barnwell Warhorses ushered in their 2016 baseball season Feb. 20 at the newly renovated John Hall Field with a match-up between alumni Barnwell High baseball players and the current team.

The alumni game was a good opportunity for players and baseball fans alike to get a look at the refurbished field.

There were 22 veteran ball players on hand Saturday to challenge the current Warhorse team in the second annual alumni game, which was a fundraiser for school athletics. Seven of the alumni played on either the 1989 or 1990 state championship teams or both.

School district looks at new behavior policies

Behaviors -- good and bad -- and how to address them were the the main topics discussed during the July 22 Barnwell 45 school board meeting.
Two principals, Robbie Eubanks with Barnwell Primary School, and Senaca Baines with Guinyard-Butler Middle School, gave presentations to the board on how they  would be handling behaviors during the upcoming 2010-11 school year.
“Barnwell Primary School is proud to be a Positive Behavior Intervention School (PBIS),” Eubanks said.

Blackville school board candidates position themselves for race: Waring

Schoolchildren in the Blackville-Hilda school district are better than what some measurements state.

That's Inell Waring's position on the quality and potential of the students in the district.

It's also one of the reasons Waring, 53, is running for a second term on the Blackville-Hilda school board.

Two seats are up for grabs in the April 14 school board elections. Incumbent Steve McCormack is running for another term but he and Waring have a challenger in newcomer Brenda Holman.

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