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Welcome to Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four
Character Trait of the Month - Responsibility
School presentations for character trait of the month began during the August Board Meeting.  The character trait, Responsibility, was presented by Kara Freebury, Carver-Edisto Middle School Teacher of the Year and 2015 District Teacher of the Year.  An excerpt "The burden of responsibility is on our shoulders, demanding we do not fall prey to the tantalizing status quo that lurks in the shadows and down the hallways of many American classrooms. Instead, each day, we must serve as shepherds of intellectualism.  As such, we are tasked with the responsibility to provide progressive and equal opportunities in classrooms to all students, despite the monsters of greed, the villainous politico, the miscreant of poverty". The district was honored to have Ms. Freebury represent our teaching staff.
Board Member Linda Huggins reaches Level 4
Dr. Newman presented Board Member Linda Huggins with a certificate and blue stone pin from the South Carolina School Boards Association at the August 18, 2015 board meeting as recognition for completing Level 4 of the Boardsmanship Institute.  The Institute offers six levels of training that focus on leadership skills for board members on state and national issues.  Congratulations to Ms. Huggins for reaching the 4th level.    
OCSD4 Honors Teacher of the Year
Kara Freebury, 7th grade ELA/GT teacher at Carver-Edisto Middle School, was named the OCSD4 Teacher of the Year for 2015. Ms. Freebury received flowers and a plaque at the OCSD4's Back To School Meeting on Tuesday, August 11th. Ms. Freebury has spent her entire seven year teaching career with OCSD4. She has a Master's degree in Instruction and Curriculum with a concentration in literacy and also a Master’s degree in Humanities with a concentration in English and creative writing. Thank you and congratulations to Ms. Freebury!

 
OCSD4 Congratulates Support Employee of the Year
Onika Hall-Calas, Media Center Aide, at Carver-Edisto Middle School, was named the district's Support Employee of the Year for 2015. Mrs. Hall-Calas received flowers and a plaque at the OCSD4 Back To School Meeting held on August 11th, 2015. Mrs. Hall-Calas has served in OCSD4 for nine years as substitute and media center aide.  Thank you and congratulations Mrs. Hall-Calas!
 
 
Welcome Back OCSD4 Students!
We are excited to have your children with us this year!  School begins August 17th, 2015 with a full day schedule.   Please be sure to have completed all registration tasks for your student.  All medical records and vaccinations should also be up to date.  If you have any questions, contact your school office for further information.  We know this will be a great year for our students.
New Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School Principal Named
At the called board work session on July 21, 2015 the board approved Dr. Mark Dean as principal of Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Middle/High School.  Dr. Dean has 25 years of educational experience; 9 of which as principal.  His most recent principalship was at McCormick K-12 Educational Complex where he provided administrative and instructional oversight of elementary, secondary, and CATE levels.  Dr. Dean has expressed his excitement as he transitions to the Trojan community.  OCSD4 welcomes Dr. Dean.
 
Michael Thom Tapped to Lead Finance Department
Michael Thom was approved by the board as the new OCSD4 Director of Finance.  As a Certified Government Finance Officer, Mr. Thom has served in several Finance roles at the State level, including the:  Department of Education, State Technical College System, Department of Natural Resources, Budget and Control Board, Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, and the University of South Carolina.  Mr. Thom's wife is a principal in Richland 2 and they have a 13 year old daughter and 15 year old son.  The OCSD4 family welcomes Michael Thom!
New Edisto High School Principal Named
At the June regular board meeting, the board approved Dr. Shannon Gibson as the new principal of Edisto High School.  Dr. Gibson's education career spans 15 years; most recently as a middle/high principal in Spartanburg County.  Dr. Gibson felt the Edisto High community was very similar to the areas that he had served previously and he is excited about his Cougar future.  Dr. Gibson brings his wife and five children with him to the Edisto attendance area.  OCSD4 welcomes Dr. Gibson!
Newman Named New Superintendent
The OCSD4 board voted Tuesday May 12th, to name Dr. Tim Newman as the new superintendent for the school district, effective July 1st, 2015.  Dr. Newman succeeds Brenda Turner, who announced her resignation on May 5th. 
Dr. Newman has been the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources/Public Relations for the past four years.  Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of Operations, Maintenance, and Technology Services; a High School Administrator, and a classroom teacher in the School District of Pickens County.  Dr. Newman has been prominently involved at the State level, serving on Technology committees, Policy crafting committees, Administrator Professional Development Planning; and most recently elected President of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators Human Resources/Personnel division.  Prior to entering public education, Dr. Newman was in the retail sector for 17 years, working for the Macy’s and Belk chains; as well as owning his own stores.  Dr. Newman has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, with a minor in Accounting from Clemson University; a Master’s degree in Economics from Clemson University; a Masters of Education from University of South Alabama, an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from South Carolina State University, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from South Carolina State University.  Dr. Newman and his family live in the OCSD4 attendance area and both his wife and daughter are teachers in the district.  The Newman’s son is a Senior at Edisto High School and will be graduating this year. 
Dr. Newman states “I’m ready to serve the OCSD4 communities and their children in this new role.  We have great challenges ahead, but we also have great students, parents, teachers, and staff to meet those challenges; we’ll do this together, side by side.”
 
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