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Storm makeup days set for Florence School District Three

September 21, 2018

LAKE CITY, S.C. – The Florence County School District Three Board of Trustees on Thursday approved four school makeup days for time missed last week because Hurricane Florence.

The district was closed Sept. 11-14. Trustees approved the following makeup dates recommended by district Superintendent Laura Hickson: Jan. 3, Feb. 22, March 15 and April 19. Hickson said Jan. 3, March 15 and April 19 were already listed as “weather days” on the district’s calendar.

Jay Alexander, director of facilities and operations for District Three, said that from a facilities standpoint, the district had minimal damage from Hurricane Florence. He said a sign at Scranton Elementary STEAM Academy was damaged and a limb blew down in front of Main Street Elementary School of Arts.

“The big thing for us was the opening of the Red Cross shelter at Lake City High School gym,” Alexander said. “It opened up Tuesday night, Tuesday afternoon. We did not get our first guest until Wednesday morning. And from then, it operated until Sunday at 5 o’clock. We maxed out around 300 guests.”

Alexander said a team of custodians gave around-the-clock care and service while the shelter was open. Some of the district’s food-service workers also prepared lunch on one of the days the shelter was open.

“They did a tremendous job,” Alexander said. “I’m very proud of them.”

In other business, the trustees approved the purchase of two 14-passenger school buses for the district. The buses will be used to support transportation to and from the district’s magnet schools, plus serve other district needs. Hickson said funding for the buses is in the district’s transportation budget.

District Three was recently awarded funds for safety infrastructure projects, Hickson said. The district will use the funds to secure locks at Dr. Ronald E. McNair School of Digital Communication and Leadership and Lake City Early College High School. Some of the funds will be used to provide equipment for a new school resource officer the district will hire.

Hickson said the district has plans to also upgrade front entrances at other buildings including J.C. Lynch Elementary School of STEM, Scranton Elementary STEAM Academy and the district’s alternative school and adult education building.

The next school board meeting is planned for Oct. 18 at Olanta Creative Arts and Science Magnet School.

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