Education

Two SJES students test positive for mold-borne toxins, parents say

Two St. James Elementary School students have tested positive for mycotoxins consistent with the mold type found in air quality testing of the school earlier this year, according to their parents.

Mom’s challenge ends with twins graduating top of their class

  District-wide pay increase, renovations proposed in Florence One budget

Coastal Carolina University provost, executive vice president resigns

  Timmonsville school district making substantial progress one year after state takeover

Looking towards education reform in 2020

  Coalition of Autism Parents push for ABA therapists in Horry County Schools

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  Scholarship in honor of fallen Florence police officer established

  Community to say final goodbyes to beloved Myrtle Beach High tennis coach

Three FSD1 schools reopening after water problems forced closures

  ‘Our kids deserve more’: Thousands of teachers, supporters rally in Columbia for education reform

  SC state senator subs at Myrtle Beach Middle School as teachers rally

Horry County Schools names Teacher of the Year

  Hundreds of Pee Dee teachers to attend teacher rally in Columbia

Hundreds of Pee Dee area teachers will join thousands of other teachers from across the state to march and rally for better education in South Carolina.

Law enforcement and nearby businesses prepare for teacher rally

Law enforcement and businesses in downtown Columbia say they are getting ready for the influx of teachers in the area.

  CCU expanding its emergency mass communication system

Coastal Carolina University is expanding its emergency communications system to protect students who live on campus even while they’re asleep.

Thousands of teachers preparing to rally at State House

Teachers, friends, and family are preparing to rally at the State House Wednesday.

  St. James Elementary School’s $450K roof replacement in the works

  ‘Somebody is going to end up dying:’ Horry County mother takes action over drivers passing stopped school buses

  Local teachers to participate in teacher rally in Columbia Wednesday

  PowerSchool, Microsoft showcase new technology for local classrooms

Robeson County public schools to close Wednesday to support educators, students

Horry County, Florence schools to remain open during teacher rally in Columbia

  Teachers say more mental health counselors needed in SC schools

Next week, teachers will be rallying at the State House to push for changes in the classroom.

  SC teacher’s letter home with students doesn’t sit well with some parents

A letter sent home with some Dillon Middle School students this week has drawn the ire of their parents.

New Orleans student accepted to 115 colleges, offered $3.7 million in scholarships

An 18-year-old New Orleans high school senior has been accepted into 115 colleges and has been offered more than $3.7 million in scholarships.

Report: Clemson University ranked safest college in South Carolina

Campus safety has become a rising issue with the #MeToo movement and the increase in gun violence.

  It’s Your Money: Florence School District One owes $71K for referendum

The school board chairman said the bill was higher than he anticipated.

  Horry County orchestra students return from China trip

A group of Horry County music students made it back home after spending their spring break in China.

Darlington County schools dismissing early due to severe weather threat

The Darlington County School District will be dismissing students early on Friday due to the threat of severe weather.

  South Carolina Supreme Court justices take part in special session at CCU

South Carolina Supreme Court justices are holding court at Coastal Carolina University.

Local students get to play in the dirt while learning about healthy eating

Two local schools have been picked to take part in a gardening assistance program in South Carolina.

  Lengthy FSD1 board meeting ends with tuition increase for out-of-district students

The Florence School District One board ended a four-hour meeting Thursday night by voting to increase tuition for out-of-district students.

  Horry students put their minds together for annual Technology Fair

Hundreds of Horry County students put their bright minds together for the 10th Annual Technology Fair at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Slain UofSC student to be honored with posthumous degree at spring graduation

Josephson was scheduled to attend Drexel University Law School in the fall after receiving her degree in political science during spring commencement ceremonies in early May.

  Florence school district consider raising tuition for out-of-district students

Florence One school district leaders are considering a proposal to raise tuition for out-of-district students.

  HGTC, CCU partnering up in hopes to fill teacher shortage

Coastal Carolina University and Horry-Georgetown Technical College are teaming up to establish a degree partnership that’s targeted to address the teacher shortage in Horry and Georgetown counties.

  ‘Dancing for Our Future Stars’ brings stellar moves, money for Florence students

The School Foundations held its annual “Dancing for Our Future Stars” fundraiser for Florence One Schools.

  "I’m shocked that people are shocked:' Grand Strand students, consultants react to college cheating scandal

Federal Prosecutors have charged more than 50 people accused of cheating and bribery in order to get their children admitted into some of the nation's most prestigious colleges.

Results in for Florence County School District Two Board of Trustees election

The Florence County School District Two Board of Trustees election was held Thursday for two seats.

Tidelands Health creates new educational initiative in honor of late board chairman

Tidelands Health is honoring the memory of its late board chairman and his beloved wife through a new initiative that will continue the couple’s legacy of giving back to the community.

  Florence One school board officials consider options to fund new schools

The Florence School District One school board held a work session Wednesday morning to consider ways to build new schools and improve the current ones.

  Horry County parents push for more certified autism therapists in schools

A group of parents are pushing for a particular type of autism therapy they say is unmatched.

Students sent to hospital for evaluation following school bus crash

A Scotland County school bus was involved in a crash Wednesday morning in the Laurinburg area.

Educators, senators work together to change education bill

Lawmakers have been amending the massive-education reform bill since it was introduced.

  Coaches and parents in college admissions scheme find jobs in danger

At a brief court appearance Wednesday, a judge allowed Lori Loughlin to be released on $1 million bond and travel to the area around Vancouver, Canada, to work but otherwise imposed strict travel restrictions.

  New $25 million center to change the face of education in the Pee Dee

The Darla Moore Foundation has announced the creation of a $25 million educational center based in Lake City that will “change the face of local education."

  FMU to begin more than $20 million in renovations and construction

Francis Marion University in Florence County is highlighting its growth with more than 20 million dollars in renovations and construction.

  Local educators discuss more choices in higher education for students

Local leaders and educators discussed the importance of more higher education choices for students.

  Horry County third-grader found ‘Momo Challenge’ on school computer

The viral “Momo” challenge has raised concerns in multiple countries. But one Horry County grandfather is speaking out after his grandkid came across the video once again, this time on a school computer. In January 2019, WMBF news spoke with Ernie Toth. His 6-year old grand-daughter was exposed to t

  ’We have got to regroup:’ District leaders, community look ahead after $198M FSD1 referendum fails

School board officials and others in Florence are speaking out about the outcome of Tuesday’s referendum vote after an overwhelming 75 percent of people voted “No” to the $198 million proposal for district-wide school improvements.

  VOTING RESULTS: $198 million FSD1 school referendum fails

People in Florence voted against putting $198 million toward Florence District One schools.

  Voters expect close race in highly contentious FSD1 referendum vote

Voters in Florence County will decide on whether to put $198 million toward improvements to schools Tuesday.

  U.S. Secretary of Education visits Florence County schools, talks education reform with local leaders

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and State Superintendent Molly Spearman joined local leaders in Florence County Thursday to tour schools and see how the institutions are rethinking education.

Secretary DeVos visits Pee Dee with Rep. Rice

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mitchell Zais will join U.S. Congressman Tom Rice and South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Florence.

School bus driver crashed into tree while under influence of drugs, NJ police say

First responders found the bus driver unconscious at the crash site and used Narcan to revive her.

  Threats made against Florence students, superintendent over $198M referendum

Threats have been made against students and Florence School District One officials who are in support of funding for school upgrades.

Horry County Schools release calendar for 2019-2020 school year

Horry County Schools has released its planning calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.

  Students and faculty voice concerns over how CCU handles sexual assault cases

Coastal Carolina University hosted a public forum on Monday evening to educate the community and gather input on how the campus handles sexual assault cases.

Superintendent: Letter sent to DHEC regarding indoor air quality at St. James Elementary

Officials with Horry County Schools are set to receive an update Monday on the indoor air quality at St. James Elementary School.

Teacher cuts waist-length hair to support 5-year-old girl bullied for short haircut

After a 5-year-old in Texas got her hair cut, her friends started calling her a boy, and she began wearing a hat to school. But her teacher’s kind gesture changed everything.

  More mold found at St. James Elementary; students moved from two classrooms

Students will be temporarily moved from two classrooms in St. James Elementary School following the results of an indoor air quality report from the re-test that was performed last weekend.

  St. James Elementary School parents on mold concerns: ‘We’re not going away’

The South Strand Recreation Center was filled with St. James Elementary School parents Wednesday night who talked about mold concerns and made sure they all knew what their next steps are moving forward.

School board members speak out against proposed ethics changes

For the first time since the filing of a massive education reform bill, the Senate Education subcommittee heard testimony for the first time.

Teacher tells students MLK assassination was ‘complete fabrication,’ NC parent says

After the school district began investigating the allegations, the substitute teacher turned in her resignation.

  School district plans to reconfigure schools, holds meeting to address concerns

The Marion County School District held one of two forums on the district’s plans to reconfigure schools.

  Doctor weighs in on St. James Elementary School air quality test results

Since the data from the most recent round of testing at St. James Elementary School was released, a local doctor said it’s possible that some who have weaker immune systems may develop certain symptoms as a result of what was found in the school.

  SC bill would allow creation sciences to be taught in public schools

A proposed bill would allow for South Carolina high school students to enroll in a religious studies elective, taught by a church leader or religious studies group.

  Former Florence County superintendent sues school district for severance pay

Former Florence County School District Four Superintendent Rechel Anderson is suing her former employer, alleging the school district failed to pay her severance pay following her termination.

  Over 20 areas of St. James Elementary cleaned to rid school of mold

Horry County Schools officials said work has taken place to rid St. James Elementary School of mold.

Father sues bullies after son named ‘most likely to shoot up school’

Because of the rumor, allegedly spread by bullies, the boy was ostracized and ridiculed by his classmates and searched and interrogated by staff, according to the father’s attorney.

Bills aim to add mental health education in middle school curriculum

A bill filed by Rep. JA Moore (D-Berkeley) will require middle schools to offer a mental health and wellness course elective to 7th graders. Those in 9th grade would be required to take a unit of mental health and wellness as well.

More than 500 teachers attend HCS recruitment fair

As school districts throughout the state begin their teacher recruitment for the upcoming school year, districts like Horry County are searching far and wide for the best recruits both in and out of state.

Coastal Carolina and Georgetown officials teaming up to find silting solution

Last week, Georgetown county and city officials announced they want to dredge the Port of Georgetown. Officials hope to carve a path for industry to grow but are worried that silting may happen again within the next two years.

  Over 20 areas in Saint James Elementary to be cleaned following reports of mold

Parents at Saint James Elementary School received an update on the air quality testing results.

  Florence County school districts welcome 4 new school resource officers

Pee Dee school districts are beefing up security at schools with more School Resource Officers.

FCSO investigating after gun was found near Florence elementary school drop off line

Florence County deputies are investigating after a handgun was found on the school grounds of Dewey L. Carter Elementary School.

  Some Horry County school teachers head to SC Statehouse to rally for higher pay

Some Horry County School teachers are skipping class to lobby for higher pay in Columbia. A statewide group, SC for ED, is made up of about 20,000 teachers who plan to leave their classrooms on Tuesday, wear red clothes and ask lawmakers for major reforms to the state’s public education system.

Teacher, aides punished children with autism using dark bathroom, loud whistle, investigators say

The three suspects were investigated after a witness reported them to the school resource officer, according to the sheriff.

  Horry County Schools considering buying land to build new elementary school in Carolina Forest

Horry County Schools is considering buying 30 acres of land in order to build a new elementary school in the Carolina Forest area.

  Boeing grant to fund veterans transition program at CCU

A grant from Boeing will help support a program that aims to ease the transition from military to civilian life for veterans in our area.