MULLINS, S.C. – Marion County School District students arrived on campuses Wednesday morning for the first day of the 2019-20 school year.

Hallways were bustling with activity and Marion County School District Superintendent Dr. Kandace Bethea spent time early greeting children attending the Academy of Early Learning.

“The Marion County School District welcomed the first day of the school year with an air of excitement and hope with new opportunities for students,” she said. “As school bells rung across the county staff welcomed students and parents to what is destined to be an EPIC (Educating, Preparing and Inspiring; Compassionately) year.”

District officials said the two hallmark initiatives for the year are off to a great start. They include the opening of the Creek Bridge STEM Academy and merger of Creek Bridge High School students to Mullins High School. Creek Bridge STEM Academy is the district’s first theme-based school. It includes former Britton’s Neck Elementary School students creating an elementary/middle school with a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) centered curriculum.

Mullins High School enrollment would increase to 545 students with the new addition of students.

Bethea said the district plans to make it one of the best years. Despite the impact of hurricanes two of the last three school years, MCSD teachers, administrators and staff work towards providing what Bethea called “unparalleled educational opportunities.”

The district includes more than 4,300 students and more than 750 staff members along with 14 school and program sites.

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Born in Atlantic City; raised in Mullins. Graduated from SC State University, home of the mighty Bulldogs. Editor of the Marion Star & Mullins Enterprise. Loves spending free time with his daughter. Huge sports fan.

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