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Welcome to Central!  -  A Title I School-Wide Model School  -  South Carolina's 2011-2012 National Title I Distinguished School

District Announcements
Dr. Danny Merck Named New Superintendent
We're happy to introduce Dr. Danny Merck as the new Superintendent of the School District of Pickens County. Dr. Merck comes to the position with 23 years of experience in education, most of which were spent right here in the district. Dr. Merck has served in roles including teacher, coach, principal and district administrator. For the past two years, he has been the principal of Daniel High School.
He will officially step into his new leadership role on May 1. Until then, he will work with the board of trustees and our current Superintendent, Dr. Kelly Pew, to ensure a smooth transition.

Changes To School Calendar!
The 2013-2014 School Calendar was revised for the remainder of the school year on March 24. These calendars reflect changes because of snow days. We are using all three of the snow days that were built into the calendar at the start of the year, and the remaining snow days were forgiven by the board.

Key Changes:
  • School ends on June 6.
  • Exams (except for seniors) will be from June 3-6.
  • Schools will be open on April 21, May 23 and June 6.
  • Several grading period and report card dates have shifted.
Download Revised Parent/Student Calendar - Download Revised Teacher Calendar
Download the 2014-2015 Calendar!
The calendar for next school year is all set and ready for parents to view.

The 2014-2015 school year will start on August 19 and end on June 3, and the class of 2015 will march on May 30!

Parents will notice something new on this calendar: 1:30 p.m. dismissal days. You may also hear these referred to as Early Release days. School will dismiss early on these days for teacher training. Early Release days will be on October 7, 2014 and February 3, 2015.

Click here to view and download a copy of the 2014-2015 school calendar.

Online Math and Reading Resources

The school was able to purchase two web based programs you can access from home to assist with Reading and Math. This is part of our schoolwide Title I plan.

TumbleBook Library is one resource to access online books for children to read. Simply click on the following link to access the online library:


IXL Math is another online resource that can be used to assist children with their math skills. Children use this program in class and are able to access from home. To access click on the following link:


Keep It Moving 5K
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8:30, will be Central Elementary School's second annual 5K!  This race is in conjunction with the Central Railroad Festival.

Register Here:
  • Central Elementary School Student Registration Fee $10.00-Enter discount code 111 during online registration
  • Register to race without shirt or timing-$5.00-Enter discount code 112 during online registration
  • Registration fee without a discount code is $22.00

Proceeds from the race go to fund and maintain Central Elementary's Keep it Movin' run/walk program.

And the winners are...

Central Elementary is very proud to announce our Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the Year!  The 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Tami Fields and our Support Employee of the Year is Ms. Bonnie Forbes.


Mrs. Fields, our Teacher of the Year, began a STEM program this year at Central Elementary and teaches all our students Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics.  This is her 29th year as an educator and 19th year at Central Elementary.  When asked to describe Mrs. Fields, Dr. Spinks, principal of Central Elementary, said, “Mrs. Fields is an outstanding teacher who works tirelessly to provide students with the most engaging standards based lessons. She knows that every child can succeed and excel if given the opportunity. Mrs. Fields loves the students and pours her heart into her work. I love to see the children when they go into the STEM lab to work – they are thinking, having conversations about their thinking, and smiling. The students are excited to go to the STEM lab and they are engaged in the work Mrs. Fields designs.”  Congratulations, Mrs. Fields!


Ms. Forbes, our Support Person of the Year, is a RBHS (Rehabilitative Behavioral Health Service) provider.  She has been working in education for 18 years, and this is her 3rd year at Central Elementary.  When asked to describe Ms. Forbes, Dr. Spinks said, “Ms. Forbes is so dedicated to the students at Central Elementary. She gives her heart, soul, laughter, and tears to see that our students have opportunities to grow and blossom. She can see, no matter the circumstance, what every child can do. We are very fortunate to have such a caring, creative innovator that understands children. Ms. Forbes is very deserving of the staff selected support employee of the year award.”  Congratulations, Ms. Forbes!


Nominated by their peers, Mrs. Fields and Ms. Forbes were selected for their exemplary work ethic, attitude, and dedication to the students of Central Elementary School. We are so proud of them, and we’re thrilled to have them represent our school as Teacher and Support Person of the Year!  Please join us in congratulating these awesome SDPC employees!


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