Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon

New principals announced in Richland School District One

  Coming this fall at the start of the 2016-17 school year, Richland School District One will welcome a group of new principals to schools across the district. Richland One Superintendent Craig Witherspoon announced the names of 11 new school leaders Wednesday. Several administrators from within the district have been promoted to lead schools. Robin Coletrain, an assistant principal at…

Columbia educator named state Teacher of the Year

Jennifer Wise, in red, celebrates her first moments as South Carolina Teacher of the Year. (Photos by Rachel Ham) The ballroom at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center erupted into cheers Wednesday as a Columbia educator was revealed to be the 2016 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Following a drum roll, state Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced that Jennifer…

From STEM to space: Richland One Challenger Learning Center celebrates 20 years

Three ninth-grade students from W.J. Keenan High School have completed an experiment that has been chosen to be performed on the International Space Station later this year. The students test how cornstarch and water react in a weightless environment that’s similar to space. It’s an experiment that studies microgravity and tests how starch particles, which are found in plants, move…

$60 million athletic upgrades, language immersion program on Richland One to-do list

Richland One officials are making 2017 a year for growth in the classroom and on the athletic field. Superintendent Craig Witherspoon announced Thursday night during the annual State of the District address that the district would undergo a two-year, $60 million project to upgrade athletic facilities at all of the high schools. Superintendent Craig Witherspoon talks Thursday about new initiatives…

Richland One officials consider language immersion program next school year

Richland School District One might expand its foreign language learning options in the near future. The school system is considering a language immersion program that would allow students to become fluent in two languages at the same time. “We believe in having a diverse portfolio of options for students and parents. We are proud of our Montessori program, as well…

C.A. Johnson High School Air Force JROTC earns $1,000 grant to explore drone technology

Student’s in C.A.Johnson High School’s Air Force JROTC program will get the chance to study the principles of aviation and aerospace using drone technology with grant money from Colonial Life Insurance. The school was one of 17 chosen in the Richland One school district selected to receive funding from the insurance company through its Strong Schools grant program. C.A. Johnson’s…

All Richland County schools return to normal schedule next week

All Richland County schools are returning to normal schedules starting next Monday. Meanwhile, Lexington-Richland School District Five has announced a second date to make up for the five days of cancelled classes during the flood. District officials at Richland One and Richland Two are asking students to report to school or bus stops at normal times this coming Monday. Richland…

Richland School District One announces additional makeup days

Richland One School Board commissioners approved three additional makeup days for district schools to capture missed time from class because of the recent floods. Students will receive a full day of instruction Nov. 6, Feb. 12 and May 31. The November and February dates originally were scheduled as professional development days and student holidays. May 31 would have been a…

Richland One to open on 2-hour delay Wednesday

Richland One will operate on a two-hour delay starting Wednesday, and that delay will extend through the rest of the week, district officials announced Tuesday. Teachers and staff are to report to school on a one-hour delay. Maintenance and custodial staff will resume normal schedules. “We are not completely out of the woods yet, but the roads are safe enough…