Williamsburg School District superintendent discusses possible makeup days

September 28, 2018

Williamsburg County School District Superintendent Dr. Rose Wilder hosted a community meeting Thursday at Hemingway High School.

HEMINGWAY, S.C. – Williamsburg County School District Superintendent Dr. Rose Wilder said she is considering using professional development days as school makeup days for time missed during Hurricane Florence.

Wilder hosted a meeting Thursday evening at Hemingway High School where she updated the community on district activities and heard concerns.

The week of Nov. 19-23 is Thanksgiving break for the district, Wilder said. But Nov. 19 and 20 are currently built in as makeup days on the district’s calendar.

“What I’m looking at is a possibility of still allowing that full week for Thanksgiving break, and then go back and use the professional development days that we have for the teachers as makeup days,” Wilder said.

For the remainder of the school year, four days are listed on the district’s calendar as professional development days. Students are currently not scheduled to attend school on these days, according to the calendar. It is unclear which professional development day’s Wilder would designate as makeup days.

But on the selected professional development days, Wilder said students would attend school as normal, and teachers would work additional time in the afternoon.

In other business, Wilder said test scores from last school year have been received by the district’s principals, as well as a complete analysis of all test data.

“And I will strongly encourage them (the principals) to share with the school improvement council, the parents and at PTA meetings,” Wilder said. “There were growth in some areas and dips in some areas.”

Wilder praised students in Hemingway but she said she has been visiting schools in the district and recently noticed some children sleeping and not paying attention in class.

“One thing we can do parents is teach out kids that you’re accountable for yourselves,” Wilder said.

One idea she presented in Thursday’s meeting is to host a summit specifically for girls.

“It’s time for some girl talk because I was watching some of the young ladies’ behavior, and I’m thinking what is wrong with this,” Wilder said Thursday. “We need to just come in one evening, lock the doors, bring the girls in and say ‘look, I’m sorry. The 2-inch eye lashes and the blue contact lenses does not make you.’ We have got to do something with our young ladies. We’ve got to.”

Other topics touched on included school resource officers and after school programs. Wilder said funding has been allocated for the district to secure one additional resource officer. Williamsburg County School District currently has security officers in its buildings, Wilder said.

There is also some funding for the district to develop after school programs at Hemingway middle and high schools.

Wilder is currently touring the district’s communities. Her last stop will be at 6 p.m. on Oct. 1 at Kingstree Senior High School.

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