Laura Kickson

Superintendent Dr. Laura Hickson, Ed.D.

A message from the Superintendent
April 10, 2020


A message from the Superintendent
March 28, 2020

The mission of Florence County School District Three is to ensure our students are college or career ready. Florence County School District Three continues to concentrate on improving student achievement and student opportunities through high-quality instructional programs in a safe learning environment.

FCSD3 has two magnet schools! The district received a $9.1 million Magnet Schools Assistance Programs grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of Project C3 is to explore and expand Colleges, Cultures, and Careers opportunities.

The district’s early college program offers high school students the opportunity to earn college credits. FCSD3 now has three cohorts of Early College students. The program allows students to receive college credit while in high school. Additionally, the program provides students the opportunity to save money and reduce the cost of a college education.

FCSD3’s Career and Technology Education cohort, in partnership with area technical colleges, provides students a certification track, so they are career-ready in areas such as welding, HVAC, masonry, auto tech, building construction, health science, culinary arts, nail tech, childcare, and machine tool. The district is exploring other partnerships to expand the Career and Technology Education opportunities.

With the safety of students and staff in mind, the district implemented security upgrades to main entrances at all schools.  The enhancements include access control features at the main doors of each school. Additionally, FCSD3 has added a school resource officer to most of its schools.

Florence County School District Three ended the 2017-2018 school year with a fund balance of $2,405, 615, the highest it has been in 18 years, according to the district’s audit report.

After developing a three-year plan to address the lack of a fund balance in 2015-2016, the district was able to eliminate the deficit in one year and increase the fund balance every year after.

FCSD3 continues to work toward its goal of becoming a premier school of choice and graduating students who are college or career ready. With the support and shared vision from our students, parents, staff, and the communities we serve, FCSD3 will continue a trajectory of excellence!