News 12 This Morning / Monday, Aug. 19, 2013
AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW) -- "We're really excited about it. This is my 28th year with a first day of school," said King Laurence, Aiken County's Instruction and Accountability Associated Superintendent.
And after 28 years worth of first days back, King Laurence, one of Aiken County's associate superintendents, says he's especially excited about this school year.
"It's going to be a great year. We've got a lot of great things going on in Aiken County," at said. "We've got some new school buildings.The curriculum is new. And they were very excited, they got prepared for the new school year."
Laurence says parents will notice more intense studies for their children as South Carolina is one of the 45 states that has adopted the Common CORE program--a set of standards for students in math and language arts.
But he says, the county has already been working to give students greater chances for success.
"We in Aiken County have taken an initiative to get ready for the Common CORE state standards," Laurence explained. "We haven't waited until the last minute. We started two years ago, preparing our teachers and our students for these new standards."
Another question many parents have lately is how the recent TIF vote passed by the school board could impact students this year.
But Laurence says, if the TIF is passed, parents won't have to worry.
"The impact of the TIF won't be felt by any classroom or any school, at least initially," he said. "Down the line I'm not sure about that."
Many kids will also have new leadership at their schools.
"We have 130-some odd new teachers. We have several new principals," said Laurence. "And I know they're as eager as their students to get the new year started."