Education notebook | Horry County school board to consider district logos at meeting

vgrooms@thesunnews.comAugust 25, 2013 

FINAL HCS PROPOSED LOGO BlueWithStar

This image has been submitted as the new logo for Horry County Schools, created by the HCS communications department after a year of input from numerous cabinets and committees.

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Horry County school board members will narrow their choices for a new district logo during the business portion of their meeting Monday night.

The current logo’s design has been in use around 18 years and was in need of a change, said Teal Harding, Horry County Schools spokeswoman. The HCS communications department worked for nine months on a design, making a number of modifications after input from staff, graphic arts students and all of the superintendent’s cabinet members before arriving at a final submission, she said.

The new design has large initials with the district’s name spelled out underneath. A wave was added to symbolize how water defines the county – from the ocean to rivers and the Intracoastal Waterway – along with a star, which most people associated with performance, Harding said. The design also is rendered in different shades of blue, which goes with the water element, but the color was selected for more practical reasons.

“We want it to do well when reproduced, and there are some colors that aren’t going to do well,” Harding said. “It’s going to be copied on a variety of things and have different treatments, even in our schools, and it has a long shelf life.”

The board asked to see other colors and modifications, she said. Monday’s ballot features 16 versions, and board members are to pick their top three choices. There also are options listed for keeping the current logo and for hiring a marketing firm to develop a logo. The agenda has a link to the ballot, which shows the different choices, and can be found at www.horrycountyschools.net. Go to “Departments” on the navigation bar, then to “Board of Directors,” and agendas, meeting documents and other information are listed on the left side of the page.

The meeting is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. at the district office, 335 Four Mile Road, Conway.

Horry school bus audio system makes national news

Horry County Schools’ new bus audio system has made the national news.

The system debuted on some bus routes Thursday as students headed back to school, and news of the innovation has been picked up by outlets such as USA Today, the Huffington Post and CNN Headline News, said Jim Wright, HCS director of transportation. The system is the first in the nation to use theme-park technology to broadcast soothing music, safety tips and location alerts during bus rides in an effort to improve safety and student behavior.

Wright’s son, Andrew, a senior at St. James High School, gave him the idea for the system, which Wright developed with Alcorn McBride Inc., the company that makes products for themed entertainment at venues such as Walt Disney World. The system will be piloted for a year on 10 bus routes with the most discipline referrals, and progress will be tracked every nine weeks.

Loris Elementary opens with addition, renovation

Loris Elementary School students and staff started the school year Thursday with a new addition and building renovation.

The certificate of occupancy was received last week for the 34,000-square-foot space, said Principal Mark Porter, who said it is the only two-story elementary structure in Horry County. The fourth grade now occupies the downstairs area, with fifth grade upstairs, and the addition also has a gym and additional art and music rooms, he said. The new space allowed the school to remove the 13 portable units that had been used for classes until now.

“We are very blessed, and the contractors and the district worked very hard to get us in on time,” Porter said. “We are completely renovated, and everything looks brand new.”

The school also had more than 1,000 people turn out for its open house Tuesday night. The school always has a big turnout, Porter said, but the building’s tuneup probably added some extra excitement.

Registration open for Horry Adult Education

Horry County Schools Adult Education has launched its 2013-14 academic year with day and evening classes for students who want to earn the GED certificate, complete a high school diploma, earn a career readiness certificate, increase computer literacy skills or enroll in English as a Second Language classes.

Students can register each week at both Conway Education Center, 1620 Sherwood Drive, and Myrtle Beach Family Learning Center, 3101 Oak St. Registration for morning students is 8 a.m. to noon each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and students must attend all three days. Registration for evening students is Tuesdays from 5 to 8:30 p.m. During the assessment, intake and orientation process, students take class placement tests, receive a computer literacy evaluation, learn about post-secondary career and college options, and begin working toward a portable skills credential.

Classes are open to any person age 17 or older who has officially withdrawn from school. Classes are held Monday through Friday, and students may select from flexible time slots to accommodate their individual schedules. All registration, testing and course fees are free, as a result of business partnerships and grants between federal and state government entities and the S.C. Department of Education’s Office of Adult Education.

For more information and to register, visit www.edtheturtle.com or call the Adult Education office at 488-6200. All Adult Education programs and services are available at the two main locations in Conway and Myrtle Beach; limited services are offered at satellite centers in Loris, Little River and North Myrtle Beach.

Contact VICKI GROOMS at 443-2401 or follow her on Twitter @TSN_VickiGrooms.

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