Ecumenical Partnership Luncheon Held at Old SOD

Ecumenical Partnership Luncheon
Posted on 09/30/2019
Ecumenical Partnership Luncheon

CLIO  — The Ecumenical Partnership Luncheon on Wednesday, September 25th, was a chance for faith and community members to learn about Marlboro County School District and how they can help students. Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord talked about three points of focus — literacy, attendance, and mentoring — during the 2019-20 school year.

“Literacy is the ability to read and write and function in an intelligent manner,” he said.  He shared how the district is doing different activities to highlight literacy. Recently, International Dot Day was held and using the district’s Polycom Distance Learning System, McCord was able to read to all the students in the district from one location.

The next focus is on attendance. “Daily attendance has been an issue here in Marlboro County,” he said. “It has not been addressed.” Those in the faith community were encouraged to recognize youth in their congregations for having good attendance and encourage them to be a HERO, which is Here Every day Ready On-Time. “We want young people to learn now that being where they are supposed to be is important,” he said.

The graduation rate at Marlboro County High School is 78 percent. The dropout rate is 4.6 percent. This is double the state average. “Students are not attending school and then when no one is watching, they are dropping out of school,” he said.

The final focus is on mentoring. McCord said kids cannot be what they can’t see. “We need more mentors in our schools,” he said.

The luncheon was held at the former School of Discovery site in Clio. Board of education members have asked district officials for ways to best use properties that are not being used. “This would be a great place to have a church service,” he said. “This could be a great place to have a family event.” McCord added they may have ideas to bring to the district about the properties.

Those attending learned about building improvements throughout the district. Demolition is set to begin at Bennettsville Intermediate later this year. District officials are collaborating with CareSouth to provide healthcare for employees in the school system. Other improvements included filtered water fountains, new playground equipment, camera systems, and storefront upgrades.

Marlboro County Board of Education Chairman Larry McNeil concluded by telling everyone in the room that they were partners with the district. “Get involved. Be mentors,” he said. “It is important.”

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