2015-11-06 / Education

School Stars

Each morning as students exit the bus driven by Richland One bus driver Carolyn Adams, she gives them a high five and tells them to have a great day. October 19-23 was National School Bus Safety Week and Richland One recognized Adams along with the 267 other bus drivers and monitors who get students to and from school safely every day.

Ridge View High School seniors, Chandler Bailey and Amanda Hall, were recently recognized as National Merit Semifinalists.

Richland One is exploring the possibility of starting a language immersion program next school year, and district administrators want to know what parents think of that idea.

The district is seeking input from parents to gauge their level of interest in a language immersion program and to find out which languages they would be interested in their children learning through the program. Richland One parents are encouraged to take the survey, which will be open through November 10, 2015.


Students at Muller Road Middle School played the part of city planners, learning first-hand what it takes to build happy, healthy neighborhoods. The middle schoolers engaged in a “Box City” exercise with staff of Richland County’s Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP) as part of NIP’s week-long celebration of National Community Planning Month. During Friday’s Box City activity, students used large wooden blocks to build their own communities on large maps depicting rural, suburban, and urban areas of Richland County. Planning director Tracy Hegler, neighborhood planners Ashley Powell and Latoisha Green, and neighborhood redevelopment administrative specialist Cheryl Johnson asked students to consider the placement of gas stations, shopping centers, apartment complexes, detention centers, restaurants, utility stations, and more. Students learned about the important balance between urban and rural and how the proximity of amenities and infrastructure affects quality of life. Students at Muller Road Middle School played the part of city planners, learning first-hand what it takes to build happy, healthy neighborhoods. The middle schoolers engaged in a “Box City” exercise with staff of Richland County’s Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP) as part of NIP’s week-long celebration of National Community Planning Month. During Friday’s Box City activity, students used large wooden blocks to build their own communities on large maps depicting rural, suburban, and urban areas of Richland County. Planning director Tracy Hegler, neighborhood planners Ashley Powell and Latoisha Green, and neighborhood redevelopment administrative specialist Cheryl Johnson asked students to consider the placement of gas stations, shopping centers, apartment complexes, detention centers, restaurants, utility stations, and more. Students learned about the important balance between urban and rural and how the proximity of amenities and infrastructure affects quality of life. Parents can go to the district’s website, www.richlandone.org, to take the survey.



Carolyn Adams Carolyn Adams

Chandler Bailey and Amanda Hall Chandler Bailey and Amanda Hall

Richland One volunteer coordinator Katy Watkins accepted the State Board of Education’s Direct Service Volunteer Award on behalf of Hand Middle School volunteer Ruth Smyrl, who was unable to attend the board meeting. Richland One volunteer coordinator Katy Watkins accepted the State Board of Education’s Direct Service Volunteer Award on behalf of Hand Middle School volunteer Ruth Smyrl, who was unable to attend the board meeting.

At a recent meeting of the State Board of Education, volunteers with Shandon Baptist Church were presented with the agency’s Civic Group Volunteer Award because of their service to students at Richland One’s Meadowfield Elementary School. (L-r) Mike Brenan, chairelect of the State Board of Education; Shandon Baptist representatives Julie Crowder and James Roberts; and Dr. Traci Young Cooper, chair of the State Board of Education. At a recent meeting of the State Board of Education, volunteers with Shandon Baptist Church were presented with the agency’s Civic Group Volunteer Award because of their service to students at Richland One’s Meadowfield Elementary School. (L-r) Mike Brenan, chairelect of the State Board of Education; Shandon Baptist representatives Julie Crowder and James Roberts; and Dr. Traci Young Cooper, chair of the State Board of Education.

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