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Four Johnsonville students recognized as Junior Scholars

March 26, 2019

JOHNSONVILLE, S.C. – Four Johnsonville Middle School students were recognized Monday by the Florence County School District Five Board of Trustees as Junior Scholars.

Randy Willis, the school’s principal, said to be designated as a Junior Scholar, the students had to the take the PSAT, a test normally given to students in 10th grade. The students were required to score at least a 550 on the English-language arts portion of the test or a 530 on the math portion.

Johnsonville Middle School doubled its number of junior scholars from last year.

“We’re very proud of these young people,” Willis said. “This is probably the highest academic honor, for an eighth grader, you can receive.”

This year’s junior scholars are Carly Chastain, Kayley Douglas, Janson Hartfield and Bailey Owens.

Johnsonville fifth-grader Alycesaundra Lyerly was recognized Monday at the board meeting for winning the National Beta Club John W. Harris Leadership Award for community service and leadership.

The following faculty members were also recognized by the board:

>> Melody Smith received a recycling education grant from South Carolina DHEC.

>> Brittany Carter received national board certification.

>> Janet Stuckey received the 2018 Bright Ideas Grant from the State Electric Corporation.

“We have outstanding teachers, administrators and staff here in Florence Five, and we’re very proud of all of them,” board member Faith Truesdale said.

In addition to student and faculty recognitions, the board and audience members watched a performance from the Johnsonville Middle School fifth- and sixth-grade concert choir during Monday’s meeting.

Adam Kennedy, Florence County School District Five director of technology, said the district has received a mini Title I grant from the state. He said he and Johnsonville Elementary School Principal Allana Prosser got together on ways to spend the grant.

“So we’re doing a technology piece as well as a collaborative classroom piece,” Kennedy said. “She (Prosser) has decided to outfit 12 of her classrooms with collaborative tables. She’s taking out traditional desks, putting in adjustable height tables and also have dry erase boards built in to the top of them so the kids can collaborate there.”

The district is also buying 70 additional laptops. The current laptops are five to six years old, Kennedy said. Additionally, grant funds will be used to purchase larger monitors for the computer labs. Kennedy said new monitors will be 22 inches wide.

In other business, the board accepted the resignation of board member Holly Wall. Truesdale said Wall has a new opportunity as a magistrate judge. Wall served on the board for more than 10 years.

The board also approved the first reading of the 2019-2020 proposed school calendar and textbook adoptions.

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