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CLOVER Three Clover School District board members earned recognition by the South Carolina School Boards Association for achievement in the association’s 2011-2012 Boardmanship Institute.
SCSBA Boardmanship Institute, established in 1982, offers a year-round training curriculum to help board members develop skills and stay abreast of state and national educational issues. Workshops focus on school law, advocacy and legislation, improving board operations, leadership for improving student achievement, and other timely topics.
Board members can achieve up to six levels of recognition by earning points that are accrued annually from July through June for participation in statewide conferences and training provided onsite in their district.
• Sherri Ciurlik and Barbara Parrish reached Level Three by earning 100 points within two consecutive years or less. Level Three recipients receive a certificate and gold pin.
• Liz Johnson reached Level Two by earning 40 points within one year. Level Two recipients receive a certificate and silver pin.
Statewide, SCSBA recognized 125 school board members for reaching one of six levels for the 2011-2012 year with certificates of achievement and a lapel pin designated their level of accomplishment in the institute.
Each year, about 80 percent of board members statewide attend at least one training session.
SCSBA is the statewide professional organization serving as a source of information, training and voice for the state’s 81 school district boards.
Register for garden class
YORK COUNTY Junior Wildlife Gardener will meet once a month beginning this month at Glencairn Garden Learning Center.
The class teaches horticulture and leadership through hands-on activities for home-schooled youth grades 3 to 5, and is modeled after the Master Gardener Program.
Youth can become certified Junior Wildlife Gardeners by attending all classes, completing class activities and completing a service learning project.
The class meets once a month from 9 to 11 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month.
Margie Sippel, York County Extension agent, and Hope Matthew, environmental educator with the city of Rock Hill, will instruct the classes and use Junior Master Gardener curriculum.
Youth must register as a 2012-2013 4-H club member with the annual $10 membership fee and pay a $50 class supply fee. Youth will receive a 4-H state T-shirt with their enrollment. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Class is limited to 20.
For more information, call 803-684-9919, ext. 113.
Museums offer educators
CHARLOTTE The Discovery Place family of museums is offering educators free entry throughout the month, beginning Saturday, Sept. 8.
Complimentary admission will be valid for all educators plus one guest at Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum and Discovery Place KIDS.
School ID must be presented to receive free admission. For more information, call 704-372-6261, ext. 300, or email email@example.com.
S.C. student loan’s interest rate lowered
COLUMBIA South Carolina Student Loan, the state’s only nonprofit student loan provider, is making it easier for borrowers in South Carolina to get a lower interest rate on their student loan with the Palmetto Assistance Loan.
Previously, SCSL’s education loan was at a fixed interest rate as low as 7.15 percent, and it is now lower with a fixed interest rate starting at 6.75 percent.
In addition, many lenders require the entire interest be paid while the student is in school, but SCSL will allow the borrower to choose – pay the interest while enrolled or delay interest payments and only make a minimum payment of $25 per month at a slightly higher interest rate. Creditworthy borrowers or cosigners also may be eligible to receive an origination fee as low as 1 percent.
PAL borrowers may obtain funds up to the cost of attendance, minus other financial aid. These funds can be used to help pay for tuition and fees, room and board, books, school supplies and transportation.
For more information, call 1-800-347-2752 or visit scstudentloan.org.