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FSD3 Announces Principal Changes at 2 Schools
04/16/2021
Two Florence School District 3 schools will have different principals beginning with the 2021-2022 school year.
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Verizon Recalls Student Wi-Fi Hotspots
04/13/2021
Verizon has issued a recall in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for the Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack mobile hotspot devices in use for distance learning. Over the last several weeks, they were made aware that the lithium-ion battery in the hotspots can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard.
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Applications for Virtual School Available
04/13/2021
Florence School District Three will offer a virtual program option to its students for the 2021-2022 school year. This program will feature FSD3 teachers who will teach interactive, live lessons and provide virtual support during the school day to students who choose to learn from home.
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Public Hearing Set for 2021-2022 Budget
04/12/2021
Florence County School District Three has scheduled two public hearings on its projected 2021-2022 budget, Thursday, April 15, at 5 p.m. and Thursday, May 20, at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.
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Summer School Dates Set for 2021
04/01/2021
Florence School District 3 is offering students opportunities to attend summer camps which focus on the "Essential Learning Standards" at each grade level for both English/language arts and math.
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OEC Gets Donation from HOPE Foundation
03/26/2021
Even during the Covid-19 Pandemic, members of the Columbus HOPE Foundation remembered Florence School District 3’s students with disabilities and continued their efforts of hosting Tootsie Roll fundraising events in Lake City and throughout Florence County. On March 25, the organization presented the Office of Exceptional Children with a $1,000 donation.
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Florence School District 3, located in lower Florence County, is the second largest of the five school districts in the county. The district is at the midpoint between Columbia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - approximately 65 miles east of Columbia and 65 miles west of Myrtle Beach.

The district is home to many well-known graduates, such as Challenger astronaut and physicist Dr. Ronald E. McNair, as well as many doctors, lawyers, educators, judges and business leaders.

A 9-member Board of Trustees, elected from seven single-member districts, governs the school district.

As part FSD3’s school choice initiative, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year schools will undergo name changes and areas of specific focus. Name changes and grade offerings include:

  • Olanta Creative Arts & Science Magnet School – 4K-6
  • Lake City Early Childhood  School of Arts – 4K-2
  • Main Street Elementary School of Arts – 3-6
  • J.C. Lynch Elementary School of STEM – 4K-6
  • Scranton STEAM Academy – 4K-6
  • J. Paul Truluck Creative Arts & Science Magnet School – 6-11 (phase in grade 12)
  • Dr. Ronald E. McNair School of Digital Communication and Leadership – 7-8
  • Lake City Early College High School – 9-12

Olanta Creative Arts & Science Magnet School is open to students in grades K-6 and J. Paul Truluck Creative Arts & Science Magnet School is open to students in grades 6-11. Enrollment is open to both FCSD3 students and students from other school districts.

The 2019-2020 school year begins J.C. Lynch Elementary School's Montessori journey. JCL has five primary classrooms composed of 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds. with the 2020-2021 school year, JCL's 5-year-old students will transfer into first grade Montessori classrooms. 

Parents of students interested in attending either of the magnet schools must complete an application. Students will be selected for enrollment by a lottery system.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Florence School District 3 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. All district programs operate in compliance with the provisions of Title VI, Title VII, Title IX and other applicable civil rights laws. The Senior Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, has been designated to coordinate compliance in the provision of educational programs/services accessibility and the nondiscrimination requirements contained in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Director of Human Resources has been designated to coordinate compliance in employment and related services.