Category Archives: Anderson District One

District One graduation rate at 92 percent

The state department of education recently released the SC district and school report cards which show Anderson School District One has increased it’s graduation rate from 90.8 to 92 surpassing the state’s grad rate of 80.3.

Jane Harrison, Assistant Superintendent, said, “High school graduation is one of the greatest accomplishments for our students and our parents, as well as every school in Anderson District One. It is a most necessary tool for any young person to achieve success in the world today. Starting in kindergarten, we focus on helping each student reach their full potential and obtain a high school diploma. We are so appreciative for all of our teachers, K-12, that impact student learning and encourage students to persevered and graduate.”  

District One students above state average on EOC testing

Anderson School District One student scores beat the state average on all four End of Course tests, Algebra I, English I, Biology and U.S. History and the Constitution.  

Algebra I results for Anderson One were 84.7 while the state received 82.6.

Biology scores were 84.3 for Anderson One and the state was 82.3.

Anderson One’s students earned 82.9 in English and the state had 79.4.

For US History and the Constitution, the most challenging assessment, Anderson One earned 79.3 while the state received 76.1

Wren High innovative technology program recognized at SC EdTech

Wren High School was recently recognized by the South Carolina Association for Educational Technology (SCAET) at the annual SC Educational Technology Conference (SC EdTech 2015) held in Charleston, October 21-23. The SCAET recognized Wren High teacher Jackie Journell’s innovative technology reading program “Walk Across America.”

SCAET recognizes that there are many outstanding programs and activities in the state that showcase innovative uses of technology in education.  The SCAET Innovative Programs Award was established in an effort to honor those best practices.

Powdersville High to get new tennis courts

By David meade

Anderson School District One is making good on their promise to increase safety and security in all fourteen schools if voters approved the One Cent Local Options Sales Tax, which they did. Improvements on athletic facilites are also getting underway soon including new tennis courts for Powdersville High and upgrades on tennis courts at Wren.

District One schools and the District Office will begin getting new security cameras and electronic security doors next week Assistant Superintendent of Administration Robbie Binnicker said.

He told the Anderson District One Board Tuesday that Encore Technology Group of Greenville was the low bidder on the security upgrades at $236,999.

District One begins upgrades, looking at school calendar

By David Meade

Anderson School District One is beginning to make upgrades for safety and security and in other areas using the One Cent Sales Tax which was approved by voters for Anderson County schools. District One Finance Director Travis Thomas reported the District has $1,947,000 available in the Local Option Sales Tax Fund Balance.

The District received $513,000 in October as their portion of the almost $1.7 million in one cent sales tax collected by the county in September.

District One 11th graders above average on ACT

Anderson School District One eleventh graders beat the state and national average in every subject for the ACT, an assessment that measures readiness for college. The high school scores placed the district in the top five percent of the state in reading, English, math and science. This was the first time all students took the college entrance exam.

District One 11th graders placed 4th in the state in English; 5th in the state in reading and science and 7th in the state in math.

Moore Wren Homecoming Queen


Carrie Moore was chosen 2015 Wren Homecoming Queen during halftime ceremonies Oct. 9 . She was escorted by her father Kevin Moore. (Photo by Michael Lollis/

Safety and security, technology upgrades top priorities for school District One

By David Meade

During their meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved a plan that includes spending $4.4 million for projects and upgrades to be made in the District each year over the next three years. Superintendent David Havird presented the Board with details for the projects which will be funded by the 1-cent Local Option Sales Tax.

The sales tax, which can only be used for capital improvements, was approved last November and went into effect in March of this year.

Havird said projects for Anderson District One will include: security and public safety; acquiring and/or updating technology hardware and software; repairing or replacing roofs and HVAC systems; constructing, improving or renovating instructional, fine arts and athletic facilities; acquiring student transportation vehicles.

Powdersville to go AAA in 2016

Anderson School District One Superintendent David Havird announced Tuesday that Powdersville High School and Palmetto High School will be in the same conference in 2016-18.

Powdersville will move up to 3A while Palmetto will remain 3A. The schools will compete in a new conference known as AAA Region II along with Berea, Carolina, Emerald and Southside.

Wren will move up to AAAA Region I competing with Belton-Honea Path, Daniel, Greenville and Pickens.

District One sixth in state on ACT WorkKeys

Anderson School District One officials say they are pleased with the results of the first administration of ACT WorkKeys. All 11th grade test takers in District One placed 6th in the state for students earning a bronze, silver, gold or platinum National Career Readiness Certificate.

The goal of the ACT assessment is for all students to earn a work ready certificate that helps match future employers with the student’s skill set. Of the 641 District One students who took the assessment, 94.4% received a work ready certificate.

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