“Changing the headlines,” Allendale County community gets update on school progress


ALLENDALE COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – Dr. Margaret Gilmore says both the administration and the public has a responsibility to help move the academic needle forward in Allendale County.  Monday, Augusta 27, the school district held a meeting to discuss just that.

“I’m just a parent with a son I’m very concerned about,” Charmine Gadson told NewsChannel 6’s Shawn Cabbagestalk.

“Not only my son but I’m a substitute teacher here in the area,” Gadson added.

She was one of the dozens of parents and administrators who made their way to Allendale-Fairfax High School to get an update from the school officials.

“The new atmosphere is awesome,” she said.

It was the first meeting of the school year after South Carolina State Superintendent of Schools Molly Spearman took over the district for the second time in recent history.

“Parents need to know to be abreast to what’s happening in the classrooms,” Dr. Margaret Gilmore said.

The meeting was more of a pep rally as administrators and parents cheered on the district for making strides in painting a new image for the community.

“We have a lot of wonderful, smart kids here. And we just really need to be seen.,” Gadson said.

The highlight of the superintendent’s presentation her 3-year strategic plan.

“One of the goals is student achievement.  We want to ensure that our students are academically ready for college and careers.  The second one is to create a culture of high expectations – a trusting culture and a third one is retention.  We need to retain high-quality teachers to put in front of our kids every day,” Dr. Gilmore added.

So how can parents help move that academic needle forward in Allendale County?

“Ensure that the kids are sleeping at night, create a space for kids to do their homework. Reinforce what happening in the classroom,” Dr. Gilmore said.

The change is something Charmine Gadson looks forward to.

“After listening to Dr. Gilmore, I really feel that the change is really coming,” she added.

“We’ve got to do somethings that are different, out the box.  We’re moving Allendale County forward and in order to do that, all hands are on deck,” Dr. Gilmore stated.

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