Aiken County Register (Newspaper) - April 5, 1984, Aiken, South Carolina
Volume I Number 20
Aiken, S. C., Thursday, April 5, 1984
25* Per CopyDistrict Cited On Report
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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 received 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 year's warned status of Laurens
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 planning 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
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 schools--North Aiken Elementary, Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary and Ridge Spring-Monetta High School-were 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-
After 31 Years
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 be-this band director who is retiring after 31 years of service to the School District of Aiken County.
The well-known band director, who answers to either Jim or “Bimbo,’’ is a native Aikenite and graduate of Aiken High where he was editor of the school’s first annual and president of the Student Council. “I was also in the first class at the high school to graduate after 12 years,”
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 certificates; 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.
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Q. I am new in town and would like to register to vote in the June primary election. Where and when do I register? R.I.B., Aiken.
A. Voter registration for the June primary can be accepted until May 12 at the Voter Registration office in the City Council Bldg., according 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.)
Jim and Poggy Kltchings-Looklng Forward to Retirement Years.
he disclosed. “Previous to that time students spent only ll years in school,” he siad, adding, “I’m not sure what that odd fact has to do with my career-probably 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 student from below the Mason-Dixon line, and I soon came back to Carolina.”
Following graduation from USC, and after marrying Peggy (a Graniteville native) Jim began teaching in Aiken County. His first year was spent half-time in
((Itchings Directs Band At South Aiken. (Photos by Helen Marine)
Graniteville and half-time at North Augusta High. “At that time,” he explained, “we had a county band composed of members from the five high schools. Then I basically started the band program at Graniteville and was full-time 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 performances.
"Our program was the best in the state,” Jim pointed out, “and other directors referred to Aiken
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