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  • Evacuation Drill Held At Wilson High School Today

    For Release: February 21, 2018

    In keeping with evaluation of its school safety procedures, Florence School District One, in cooperation with local law enforcement officers, first responders,  and Florence Center officials,  are conducting a school-wide evacuation drill at Wilson High School this morning beginning at 9:30 a.m.  During this drill, all students, faculty, and staff will be transported by school buses to the Florence Center.

    School officials have been questioned if today’s drill is in response to the recent school tragedy, which occurred in Florida last week.  “The drill is a part of Florence One’s evaluation of its emergency preparedness procedures,” said Florence One Public Information Director Pam Little-McDaniel.  “The safety of students in Florence One Schools is our number one priority.   Today’s drill has been in the planning stages for quite some time.”  Little-McDaniel said prior to today’s drill, school district officials have been meeting with law enforcement agencies to fine-tune the details of the evacuation drill.  She said Wilson High school parents were also notified by phone reminding them of today’s emergency preparedness drill, and today's drill is a practice using the Florence Center as a reunification site.  "In case of an actual emergency, each school campus has a designated reunification site if a school must be evacuated," she added. 

    According Little-McDaniel, the Florence One Office of Administrative Services led by Assistant Superintendent Lionel O. Brown has conducted several evacuation drills over the course of the last few years.  Little-McDaniel said previous evacuation drills have been conducted at Timrod Elementary, Sneed Middle, and West Florence High School. The goal of the drill is to ensure that students and staff know what to do in case of an emergency, and to familiarize students  and staff with the process of evacuating a school campus in case of an emergency.    

    She added that Florence One schools has been recognized for having the only one-of-its kind emergency command centers in the state of South Carolina which is capable of supporting  student data systems and enduring the continuity of effective operations during an emergency.

    For more information about today’s drill, call 843.669.44141.

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  • Florence One Board of Trustees Seeks Community, Staff Input in Search Process

    Community Forum on the Superintendent Search The search for a new superintendent to lead the Florence One School District has begun, and the Florence One School Board seeks input from employees and the community to assist with the process.

    Community and staff engagement activities are planned for Feb. 20-22 and will allow employees and citizens in the Florence One community an opportunity to share feedback on the characteristics and skill set desired in the next superintendent.  A team from BWP & Associates, the national search firm selected by the Florence One School Board to assist with the search process, will seek suggestions, answer questions, and explain the search process during scheduled meetings and forums.

    "One of the main outcomes of this community engagement process will be the creation of a Leadership Profile which will identify the characteristics and skill set our next superintendent needs to be successful in our district and community," said Barry Townsend, Chairman of the Florence One School Board. "This profile will assist the search team in its recruiting efforts and the Board in its selection process."

    On Tuesday, Feb. 20, a public forum for the Florence One community will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in Poynor Auditorium located in the district at 301 S. Dargan St.  This Forum is open to anyone in the public who would like to attend.

    An employee forum, open to all district employees, will also be held at Poynor on Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 4 to 5 p.m. In addition, small group meetings will be conducted by search team consultants Feb. 20, 21, and 22 with established staff, parent, student, and community groups.

    The search team will utilize input collected from forums, the small group meetings, and interviews with school board members to draft a Leadership Profile of the next superintendent. The Board will work with the consultants to finalize and approve this profile, which will be used to both recruit and assess candidates.

    In addition to community engagement meetings and forums, a community survey will be launched Feb. 20 on the district website (www.fsd1.org) and be open through March 6. Results of the survey will offer additional input collected during the search process.

    The community engagement process is designed to allow anyone in the Florence One community an opportunity to share feedback as the Board works to find the next leader for the district. "The Board encourages and appreciates any participation in these planned activities," said Townsend. 


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