November 20, 2019
The 2019-2020 school year has been marked by unprecedented success for our district, especially in the area of academic achievement across all subjects and grade levels. Our success extends throughout the district through upgraded facilities, new curriculum and textbooks, technology initiatives, innovative academic programs, and a commitment to equity, all within an optimal and safe learning environment for all students.
As the school year moves forward, the district looks to continue improving its short-term goals and long-range plans. Therefore, on November 14, 2019, the Florence One Schools Board of Trustees voted to add fifth grade to our four elementary schools that currently only serve students up to fourth grade beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. This addition will be in the following schools: Carver Elementary, Delmae Elementary, Lucy T. Davis Elementary and McLaurin Elementary. All other elementary schools will remain the same for the 2020-2021 school year.
In addition, Moore Intermediate School will become a 6th and 7th-grade school in the 2020-2021 school year. All students currently attending Moore will remain at Moore; the three other middle schools will remain unchanged during the 2020-2021 school year. The creation of the K-5 schools and the transition of Moore Intermediate is intended to lay the groundwork for the future implementation of the middle school concept in Florence One Schools. Again, outside of those listed above, no other schools will be affected or changed in the 2020-2021 school year; all students currently attending those schools will remain in those schools in the 2020-2021 school year.
In the coming months, the district will begin to discuss the transition to the middle school concept and the changes that will take place to implement it in the school years beyond 2021. The Board and the Administration will be answering the questions discussed during the listening sessions and additional sessions will be added to discuss future plans. We appreciate the input from our community and stakeholders and look forward to engaging our community in future decisions.
I am enthusiastic about the possibilities that lie ahead for our school district as we continue to make great strides and progress. Each school year holds innumerable opportunities for all of us to grow and Florence One Schools is progressing forward. It is only by working together and striving toward a common goal that these opportunities can become a reality. Our common goal continues to be the well-being and education of each and every child!
Richard O’Malley Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools