Lake City principal to take new role as Continuum director

January 31, 2019

LAKE CITY, S.C. – The principal of J. Paul Truluck Creative Arts and Science Magnet School has been named to head a new institution in Lake City, according to officials of two school districts.

The Truluck principal, Jeanette Altman, has already been working part time with the new program, according to District Five Superintendent Randy Smiley. He said Wednesday that Altman has been hired as the director of the Continuum, which is a building in Lake City where Francis Marion University and Florence-Darlington Technical College are expected to have a presence. The Continuum is expected to open in the fall.

Brian Huckabee, director of communications and technology for District Three, which includes the Truluck magnet school, confirmed that the arrangement for the last few weeks has been for Altman to work half day at Truluck and half day with the new Continuum.

Huckabee said he believes Altman’s last day with District Three is Friday.

Huckabee said Dr. Cutina Barrineau has been moved from the Florence County School District Three Office to J. Paul Truluck Creative Arts and Science Magnet School.

“She is still director of the MSAP (Magnet Schools Assistance Programs) grant, but since she has also been a principal, Mrs. Hickson (superintendent of the district) wanted her at the school until a replacement is found,” Huckabee said.

Although offerings are still tentative, Smiley said the Continuum program may provide programs such as HVAC, welding and industrial maintenance.

“Francis Marion has also mentioned about trying to have two degree programs there, but none of that has been finalized yet,” he said.

The Continuum is expected to share career courses with Florence County School Districts two, three and five, according to Smiley. These districts represent the Pamplico, Lake City and Johnsonville areas of Florence County.

In his report to the Florence County School District Five trustees Monday, Smiley said the majority of the project is funded through the Darla Moore Foundation, according to minutes from the meeting.