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Aiken County Register (Newspaper) - April 5, 1984, Aiken, South Carolina Mlt U S POSTAGE PAID Alkcn SC No 104 Carrier rVitort AIKEN COUNTY Volume 1 Number 20 Aiken S C Thursday April 5 1984 25 Per Copy District Cited On Report jLive wire 7 By SUZY SMITH AIKEN For the fourth year in a row Laurens Street Elementary has been listed on the annual evlauation of facilities by the state Department of Education because of inadequate facilities Seven other schools in the district receiv ed the same remarks for the second year A fifth year with the same accreditation deficiency for Laurens Street will result in a loss of state funds for the school Because of last years warned status of Laurens After 31 Years Street and the advised status of several other elementary school buildings the board was prompted to pursue a building program This has resulted in the plan ning of three new elemem tary schools within the district The annual accreditation report by the state was presented to the Board of Education at its last meeting Nineteen schools were placed on advised warned or probation status by the department Last year only fourteen schools were listed as advised or warned The report also showed that seven school principals received a daily or monthly salary below that of one or more staff members at their schools Three of these schoolsNorth Aiken Elementary Ridge Spring Monetta Elementary and Ridge SpringMonetta High Schoolwere cited for the same deficiency last year Dr Robert Paskel school superintendent assured the Board of Education members that the budget process currently under way will be addressing the pro blem and suggesting ways to correct it for the next school year In the personnel category the district was cited in four main areas of deficiencies Three teachers were listed as improperly certified two teachers had expired cer tificates and one teacher did not have a South Carolina teaching certificate This sounds a lot worse than it really is said Dr John Bradley assistant superintendent of special programs and evlauation Continued on Page 16 Q I am new in town and would Like to register to vote in the June primary election Where and when do I register RIB Aiken A Voter registration for the June primary can be ac cepted until May 12 at the Voter Registration office in the City Council Bldg ac cording to office worker Nancy Scott She added that books are open until 30 days prior to an election The City Council Bldg is at 736 Richland Ave in the old County Health Dept Band Director Is Retiring By HELEN MARINE AIKEN In all the years we never had less than a Superior rating in State competition Jim Kit chings said proudly And proud he should bethis band director who is retiring after 31 years of service to the School District of Aiken County The wellknown band director who answers to either Jim or Bimbo is a native Aikenite and graduate of Aiken High where he was editor of the schools first annual and president of the Student Council I was also in the first class at the high school to graduate after 12 years Jim and Peggy KltchingsLooklng Forward to Retirement Years he disclosed Previous to that time students spent on ly 11 years in school he siad adding Im not sure what that odd fact has to do with my careerprobably nothing Bill Slaughter was my band director at Aiken High and I attended his alma mater West Chester Teachers College for a while Jim said but the school was in Pennsylvania and that was pretty far from home In fact he laughed I was the only stu dent from below the Mason Dixon line and I soon came back to Carolina Following graduation from USC and after marry ing Peggy a Graniteville native Jim began teaching in Aiken County His first year was spent halftime in KItchings Directs Band At South Aiken Photos by Helen Marine Graniteville and halftime at North Augusta High At that time he explained we had a county band com posed of members from the five high schools Then I basically started the band program at Graniteville and was fulltime there until I moved over to Aiken High in 1965 I worked with Bill Slaughter Jim continued and when he died in 1975 I took over the program It was during this period that the Aiken High band became known in the state for its superior perfor mances Our program was the best in the state Jim pointed out and other directors referred to Aiken Continued on Page 16
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