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Florence District Three to hold parent information meetings

January 23, 2018 GMT

LAKE CITY, S.C. – Florence County School District Three will hold two informational meetings for parents interested in learning more about the district’s school choice options, including two new magnet schools opening in the 2018-2019 school year.

The informational meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 30 and Feb. 13 in the J. Paul Truluck gym.

As part of the school choice initiative, schools will undergo name changes and areas of specific focus. Name changes and grade offerings include:

>> Olanta Creative Arts & Science Magnet School – 4K-5

>> Lake City Early Childhood Center School of Arts – 4K-2

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>> Main Street Elementary School of Arts – 3-6

>> J.C. Lynch Elementary School of STEM – 4K-6

>> Scranton STEAM Academy – 4K-6

>> J. Paul Truluck Creative Arts & Science Magnet School – 6-9

>> Dr. Ronald E. McNair School of Technology, Leadership and Digital Communications – 7-8

>> Lake City Early College High School – 9-12

Olanta Creative Arts & Science Magnet School is open to students in grades K-5 and J. Paul Truluck Creative Arts & Science Magnet School is open to students in grades 6-9. Enrollment is open to both District Three students and students from other school districts.

Earlier this year, Florence County School District Three received a five-year, $9.1 million Magnet Schools Assistance Programs grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement for its Project C3 Explores: Colleges, Cultures and Careers initiative.

Olanta Creative Arts and Science Magnet School will serve 352 students (116 additional seats) through creative arts and science themed project based hands-on learning environments. These environments are designed to foster a range of critical thinking and problem-solving skills through art and science-infused learning while exposing students to a wide array of college and career choices.

J. Paul Truluck Creative Arts and Science Magnet School will serve 396 students (132 additional seats) through creative arts- and science-themed project-based hands-on learning environments to develop competencies in both the arts and science while challenging students both intellectually and creatively in efforts to expose them to the wide array of career choices in the arts and science.

Parents of students interested in attending either of the magnet schools must complete an application. Students will be selected for enrollment by a lottery system.