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Executive Director for Carolina Alliance for Technology

Dr. Anne Pressley Laurens School Districts 55 and 56, in conjunction with Richland School District 2, are pleased to welcome Dr. Anne Pressley as Executive Director of the Youth CareerConnect Grant, Carolina Alliance for Technology (CAT).

Read the Full Press Release for more information.

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State Career Specialist of the Year

Terri O'Shields receiving award Anna Welborn (left), on behalf of the state Department of Education's Office of Career and Technology Education, the Piedmont Education and Business Alliance and the Office of the Regional Career Specialist, announced that the winner of the first annual State Career Specialist of the Year Award is Laurens county School District 56's own Mrs. Terri O'Shields. Mrs. O'Shields serves as the Career Development Facilitator for Bell Street Middle School.

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Gold Work Ethic Certificate Earners

Gold Work Ethic Certificate Earners Pictured here are all of the Gold Work Ethic Certificate Earners from Laurens County.

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South Carolina School District Administrator of the Year

Dr. Laura Koskela receiving recognition as the SC School District Administrator of the Year

Laurens 56's Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education & Student Services, Laura C. Koskela, Ed.D, was named South Carolina School District Administrator of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) yesterday, May 1, 2014. Get all the details in this final press release.

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Palmetto Gold/Silver Awards

Three schools in Laurens 56 received Palmetto Gold and/or Silver Awards during the State Department of Education's press release last Thursday.

  • Clinton Elementary earned a Gold Award for Overall Absolute Achievement as well as a Silver Award in Student Growth and Improvement.
  • Eastside Elementary earned a Gold Award for Overall Absolute Achievement.
  • Clinton High School earned a Silver Award in Overall Absolute Achievement.

These awards indicate exceptional and outstanding progress toward meeting the goals established by the Educational Accountability Act in 1998. Having three schools out of five earn this prestigious award marks just one of the many great things going on in our district at all five of our schools and our 4K Center.


District 56 Superintendent Dr. David C. O'Shields has announced that three districts, Laurens County School Districts 55 and 56 and Richland School District 2 have received the Youth Career Connect Program Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in the amount of $6,890,232. The purpose of the grant entitled Carolina Alliance for Technology is to give students hands on training and to ensure they develop problem solving skills, to encourage creativity and collaboration, and to connect student learning to the real world. For the full announcement, please read this press release.

Congratulations CHS Science Olympiad Team

The CHS Science Olympiad Team won its 6th consecutive state championship in competition held at Newberry College on Saturday, March 22! They have earned the right to represent South Carolina in national competition that will be held mid-May at the University of Central Florida. Way to go, Red Devils!

BSMS Academic Bowl Team

BSMS Academic Bowl Team - click imageAwards Presentation - click image

The Bell Street Middle School Team recently competed in the 29th Annual Regional Academic Bowl Tournament at Laurens Middle School. The BSMS Team won the tournament for the first time since 1997.

The Regional Academic Bowl features middle schools in Laurens and Newberry Counties.

This marks only the second time that BSMS has won both the South Carolina Science Olympiad State Championship and the Regional Academic Bowl in the same year (last time in 1986).

Congratulations Bell Street Middle School!

The Science Olympiad team has won its 12th consecutive South Carolina State Championship! And it gives Bell Street a total of 14 overall! This is a tremendous accomplishment for the students of Bell Street Middle School and District 56 is justifiably proud of this outstanding effort. Go Wildcats!

Be in the "Know"

From Superintendent Dr. David O'Shields comes a series of posts known in the District as O'Shields' Observations.  Please read O'Shields' Observations to get an inside view of the Superintendent's thoughts each week. Also, please note that you may leave comments on each blog entry to communicate directly with Dr. O'Shields.

Educational Oversight

The Educational Oversight Committee has some value tools available to engage families and continue academic learning at home. Please visit Family Friendly Standards for 2011-12. In addition, please visit the interactive web presence at South Carolina State Library partnering with the EOC.


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