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Dr. Ronald W. Garner, Superintendent

Dear Spartanburg One Students, Parents, Families, and Communities:

 

The start of every school year brings the promise of fresh new beginnings and endless possibilities. It is an exciting privilege for me to witness the opportunities for students to learn, build lifelong relationships, serve our community, and grow into young adults who are equipped to be productive citizens.


Many notable achievements were accomplished during the 2018-2019 school year, such as the $8.1 million dollars of scholarships earned by our 2019 graduates. Landrum High School’s baseball team earned a state championship that created a tangible excitement and a deepened sense of pride throughout our Spartanburg One community. We expanded our Arts In Basic Curriculum school designations to encompass seven schools, earning Spartanburg One the largest percentage of arts integration funding in the entire state of South Carolina. We proudly employed full-time School Resource Officers in each of our schools and continued to expand our safety initiatives. Several security upgrades were made across the district last year, as well as the addition of a popular safety-focused video series. Spartanburg One launched  IMPACT 2021, a multi-year energy savings campaign, in which schools were challenged with reducing energy consumption and saving a districtwide total of $100,000 by the year 2021. The Conservation School of the Month was established to recognize the school which saved the most energy and water each month as a facet of the campaign. 


We are projecting a record increase in student enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year. Enrollment data indicates that the district will add as many as seventy-five new students for the upcoming school year, with a trending increase in subsequent years. Over the last 5 years, the district has seen a 300% increase in “out of district” student transfer requests of families who do not reside in our district but wish to send their children to our schools. In addition, there has been a dramatic influx of housing developments and new construction across the district that have contributed to our rise in enrollment. We are proactively working with our Board of Trustees in long-range planning to anticipate the infrastructure needs that come with a rise in enrollment numbers. It is exciting to reflect on all that our district has achieved over the last year and to look ahead at the opportunities that are before us. However, I believe it is important to share the “why” behind our successes.


A large part of what makes Spartanburg One the first-class district it is is centered around relationships. This is why our district theme for the 2019-2020 school year is “Relationships Matter”. Whether it’s a teacher working after school with students to help them better understand a new concept, a principal lending a helping hand in the cafeteria on a busy day, or parents working together with schools to provide the best education possible for students, strong relationships are the bedrock of success. 


Personalized learning is afforded to every student in Spartanburg One. Our teachers know their students’ individual strengths and weaknesses and design their lessons to meet those unique needs. These personalized experiences help guide students toward their passions and develop the required skills to become successful in their field of choice. 


Another aspect of how relationships help shape our district’s culture of success can be found in our community. Collaboration between our schools, local businesses, faith organizations, and other stakeholders provides a mutual benefit to support students, teachers, and the community as a whole. When we work together to educate students and help them to become productive citizens, everyone wins. It would be nearly impossible to provide the quality of education our students receive without the support of our community and I am thankful that my children are in such a nurturing and supportive district. 


I am optimistic about the opportunities this new school year will bring and the relationships that will develop as we work together to create a brighter future for tomorrow. It is my sincere hope that this year’s theme will foster increased collaboration, understanding, and trust throughout the Spartanburg One community because after all, relationships matter.


Sincerely,

 

Ronald W. Garner, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Spartanburg One  



Mailing Address: PO Box 218 | Campobello, SC 29322
Physical Address: 121 Wheeler Street | Campobello, SC 29322
Phone: 864-472-2846 | Fax: 864-472-4118
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