WELCOME TO DISTRICT 55

3 months ago


Located in the heart of beautiful Laurens County, Laurens School District 55 has its administrative offices at 1029 West Main Street in Laurens, South Carolina.  Nestled between Greenville, Spartanburg, and Columbia, the area provides peaceful living combined with convenient access to some of the state's most important metropolitan centers, its beaches, or the mountains.

Laurens County School District 55 strives to be a system of excellence and equity in educational practices for each learner.  You can be assured that your child will be attending a progressive school system whose educational programs are designed to meet a wide variety of interests, ability levels, and cultural backgrounds. 

Enrolling your child in the school system here is a relatively simple matter.  You should have signed a statement of release in the school district from which you have moved.  This enables District 55 to receive a copy of your child's records from that school system.  If you did not do this before relocating, someone at the school to which your child is assigned in District 55 will be glad to assist you.  Take your child's previous report cards and other school records that you may have with you. 

All children entering school in this state must meet South Carolina immunization requirements.  These should be in your child's records from his/her previous school.  If you are moving from another state, a copy of a state issued birth certificate (not a hospital birth form) is required.  Please be mindful that the transfer of your child should be as expedient as possible to ensure the continuity of his/her learning process and to conform to the South Carolina attendance requirements.  

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House Resolution Presented to Dr. Strickland

7 days ago


While in Columbia on May 17 to receive a House Resolution in his honor, Dr. Billy Strickland was surprised by 3rd grade students from Hickory Tavern School.  Superintendent Strickland is pictured here with the students on the South Carolina State House steps.   

H. 5061

A HOUSE RESOLUTION

 TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR DR. BILLY R. STRICKLAND, SUPERINTENDENT OF LAURENS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 55, UPON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENT AFTER ALMOST FOUR DECADES OF EXEMPLARY SERVICE AS AN EDUCATOR, AND TO WISH HIM CONTINUED SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS IN ALL HIS FUTURE ENDEAVORS.

 Whereas, the South Carolina House of Representatives has learned that Dr. Billy R. Strickland will begin a well-deserved retirement after almost four decades as a premier educator, the last seven of which have been as the distinguished and highly-regarded superintendent of Laurens County School District 55; and

Whereas, after earning a bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina, he began his career in education teaching health, physical education, driver's education, physical science, and biology for fifteen years at various academic levels in Chester and Laurens counties. During that time, he coached two state champion football teams and a region champion wrestling team and was named Region Coach of the Year; and

Whereas, Dr. Strickland earned a master's degree from Winthrop University and a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, and he served as an assistant principal at Laurens District 55 High School three years and as the principal there for four years; and

Whereas, for ten years he served as the assistant superintendent of Laurens County School District 55 before being named its superintendent on July 1, 2009. During his tenure with the district, he assisted in developing an energy conservation program that gave the district one of the lowest energy costs in the State; and

Whereas, he helped to develop a strategy to pass a construction referendum and to secure alternative funding, some of it interest free, and led the district in a $53 million building and renovation program over ten years with a tax increase of only 2.5 mills; and

Whereas, Dr. Strickland, former member and president of the board of directors of the Laurens YMCA, served on the board of Senior Options for the Foster Grandparents program and was a participant in the thirteenth class of the Laurens Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Laurens program; and

Whereas, he served on the board of visitors for both Piedmont Technical College and Lander University, on the South Carolina Association of School Administrators Legislative Platform Committee, and as a member of the South Carolina High School League Executive Committee; and

Whereas, devoted to his community, Dr. Strickland is a faithful member of Laurens First Baptist Church and the Rotary Club of Laurens. In 2014, he was honored with the President's Award of

the Laurens Branch of the NAACP and was named the Citizen of the Year by the Saluda River Boy Scouts of America; and 

Whereas, with his beloved wife, Celita, a guidance counselor at Laurens Elementary School, he reared two fine sons, Matt and Seth, both graduates of the University of South Carolina; and

 Whereas, the South Carolina House of Representatives is grateful for the years of unparalleled dedication that Billy Strickland has devoted to educating the youth of this State and wishes him many years of enjoyment in his well-earned retirement. Now, therefore,

 Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:

 That the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives, by this resolution, recognize and honor Dr. Billy R. Strickland, Superintendent of Laurens County School District 55, upon the occasion of his retirement after almost four decades of exemplary service as an educator, and wish him continued success and happiness in all his future endeavors.

 Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be provided to Dr. Billy R. Strickland.

 

End of the School Year Notes and Reminders

2 days ago


  • The district will be closed Monday, May 30, to observe Memorial Day.
  • If a child who is attending a summer enrichment program needs district-provided transportation, please notify a member of your school's administrative team as soon as possible.
  • All outstanding student fees must be paid prior to the end of the school year.
  • It is important to remember that all attendance and discipline rules remain in place through the last day of school. 
  • All materials belonging to school libraries must be returned no later than Friday, May 27. 
  • If you have a child who will be attending school in District 55 for the first time next year, please visit the school in your attendance zone and register them before the end of this school year. 
  • Thursday, June 2, is the last day of school for students.  All schools will dismiss 3.5 hours earlier than normal dismissal time.  Breakfast will be served, but lunch will not. 
  • LDHS graduation will be held Thursday, June 2.  YOU  MUST HAVE A TICKET TO ATTEND
Class of 2016
High school graduation is a time for reflecting on the past while looking ahead with great excitement to the future. The young men and women of the LDHS Class of 2016 have worked for many years to reach this milestone. In order to ensure that each graduate receives the recognition he/she deserves, attendees are asked to refrain from clapping, yelling, whistling, and any other type of outburst until all graduates' names have been called. A time will be provided at the end of the ceremony for applauding and celebrating!

Please note that anyone who attends graduation MUST have a ticket for admittance.
School Bus Driver Training
Laurens School District 55 will hold training classes for qualified applicants who wish to seek school bus driver certification. Training will take place June 13-16 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the District 55 Transportation Office. Anyone interested in participating in the class should complete a bus driver employment application prior to June 9. Applications are available at the District 55 Transportation Office and at the District 55 Administrative Office. Questions should be directed to Mr. Geoff Stephens, 682-9117.
PREREGISTRATION IS IMPORTANT!
Attention Parents/Guardians - - It is very important to preregister any child who will be attending school in Laurens District 55 for the first time during the 2016-2017 school year. Please take a few minutes to visit the school in your attendance zone before the end of the current school year to complete the required paperwork and receive important information.
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