LAKE CITY, S.C. -- Florence County School District Three is continuing its focus on providing all students with a high-quality education in a safe environment to reach its mission of ensuring all students are college or career ready.

This year, FCSD3 initiated a plan to create school choice for students and parents. As part of the school choice initiative, principals will brand their schools with specific focus areas. Name changes and/or brands, and grade offerings include:

  • Olanta Creative Arts & Science Magnet School – 4K-5
  • Lake City Early Childhood Center School of Arts – 4K-2
  • 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

As part of the school choice initiative, FCSD3 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 & Careers initiative.

This grant will allow the creation of two magnet schools that will open in 2018-2019 with a focus on science and the arts with this current year as a planning year.

Olanta Elementary Creative Arts and Science will serve 352 students (116 additional seats) through creative arts and science-themed project based hands-on learning environments 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 Intermediate Creative Arts and Science 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 students to the wide array of career choices in the arts and science.

Other district accomplishments to celebrate include:

  • For the second consecutive year, Scranton Elementary School was named a finalist for Palmetto’s Finest by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.
  • Damian Lee, a senior at Lake City High School, has received a scholarship valued at more than $260,000 as a Northeastern University Torch Scholar, and he was awarded a $25,000 Bridging the Dream Scholarship from Sallie Mae.
  • Florence County School District Three officially opened its new sensory-motor room for special needs students at Lake City Early Childhood Center.
  • In an effort to increase the safety of its students, FCSD3 partnered with School Messenger to add a new anti-bullying and safety communications tool called QuickTip.

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