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DCSD's Dr. B. Jane Hursey to retire after nearly five decades
Posted on 06/16/2021
Sixty-four years after she entered the Darlington County School District as a student and 47 years since she began teaching there, Dr. B. Jane Hursey will retire.  more

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Darlington High names Shaniqua Bennett new head girls’ basketball coach
Posted on 06/15/2021
Shaniqua Bennett will be the new head coach for the Darlington High School (DHS) girls’ varsity basketball team, the school announced this week.  more

Teacher Feature
DCSD announces Teacher Feature winners for May 2021
Posted on 06/14/2021
The Darlington County School District’s Teacher Forum announced this week the Teacher Feature winners for May. The program recognizes one teacher from each school to honor excellence in education.  more

Teacher of the Year
DCSD announces 2021-22 School Teachers of the Year
Posted on 06/08/2021
Twenty teachers will serve as their school’s 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year after being chosen for the honor by their peers, the Darlington County School District announced today.  more

Support Staff Person of the Year
DCSD announces School Support Staff Persons of the Year
Posted on 06/08/2021
Through a newly instituted program of recognition, the Darlington County School District is honoring a School Support Staff Person of the Year in each of its schools.  more

Attention
DCSD announces live streaming plans for June 11 graduation ceremonies
Posted on 06/08/2021
Darlington County School District announced today that all four of its high school commencement ceremonies will be streamed live on the schools’ Facebook pages and on the district’s website.  more

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Darlington County Board of Education to offer MacBooks to seniors again
Posted on 06/04/2021
Graduating seniors of the Darlington County School District will be allowed to purchase their district-issued MacBooks this year, the Darlington County Board of Education decided recently. This will be the second year in a row the board has made the decision in an effort to reward seniors for all of their hard work in the midst of a pandemic.  more

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Darlington High's Lacy wins model home contest at Darlington County Institute of Technology
Posted on 06/04/2021
Shaleigh Lacy, a sophomore at Darlington High School who attends the Darlington County Institute of Technology, won DCIT’s 2021 Model Home Building Competition.  more

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DCSD announces June 11 and June 18 will be eLearning Days
Posted on 05/26/2021
The Darlington County School District announced this week that Friday, June 11, will be an eLearning Day for all students. Friday, June 18, will be an eLearning Day for all elementary and middle school students.  more

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Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology ranked No. 4 high school in the state
Posted on 05/26/2021
Mayo High School for Math, Science, and Technology is the No. 4 high school in South Carolina, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s annual “ Best High Schools Rankings” report.  more

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DCSD announces Teacher Feature winners for May
Posted on 05/19/2021
The Darlington County School District’s Teacher Forum announced this week the Teacher Feature winners for May. The program recognizes one teacher from each school to honor excellence in education.  more

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2021-22 Virtual Academy Application open May 18 - June 1
Posted on 05/17/2021
Parents in Darlington County may now apply for their child to attend the Darlington County Virtual Academy (DCVA) for the 2021-2022 school year. Applications are available online by clicking the link at the top of this page and will be accepted May 18 - June 1, 2021. This is the only application period for the 2021-2022 school year.  more

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Ten Darlington High seniors receive associate degrees from Florence-Darlington Technical College
Posted on 05/14/2021
After navigating years of college courses alongside their high school courses, as well as an international pandemic that brought their daily lives to a halt, 10 Darlington High School seniors received two-year college degrees last night from Florence-Darlington Technical College.  more

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Chuck Miller named DCSD executive director of Human Resources
Posted on 05/12/2021
The Darlington County School District announced today that Chuck Miller will be the district’s new executive director of Human Resources. The Darlington County Board of Education approved the superintendent’s recommendation Monday night.  more

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Bradley Knox named Darlington High boys’ basketball head coach
Posted on 05/11/2021
Darlington High School announced today that Bradley Knox will take over as head coach of the boys’ basketball team. The announcement came during a press conference in the school’s media center.  more

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Seven Darlington High student-athletes sign letters of intent
Posted on 05/04/2021
Seven student-athletes at Darlington High School across three sports signed letters of intent recently to play collegiately next year.  more

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DCSD honors 2021 STAND Award winners through virtual ceremony
Posted on 04/30/2021
Each school in the Darlington County School District, as well as district administration, honored students on Friday who display exemplary character and take a “STAND” against illicit drug use.  more

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DCSD announces Teacher Feature winners for April
Posted on 04/15/2021
The Darlington County School District’s Teacher Forum announced this week the Teacher Feature winners for April. The program recognizes one teacher from each school to honor excellence in education.  more

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DCSD announces 2021 Art in Business winners
Posted on 04/14/2021
The Darlington County School District announced this week the school winners and the four grand prize winners of its annual Art in Business program. Due to COVID restrictions this year, the winners were announced at the regular monthly meeting of the Darlington County Board of Education.  more

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Darlington County School District announces early bird 4K and 5K registration
Posted on 04/05/2021
Early bird registration for traditional 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) and 5-year-old kindergarten (5K) for the 2021-22 school year will be held online only from May 10-21.  more

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Hartsville Middle's Jeffery Tadlock awarded Palmetto State Teachers Association scholarship
Posted on 03/25/2021
Hartsville Middle School’s (HMS) Jeffery Tadlock is one of 10 winners of the 2021 Dr. Elizabeth Gressette Professional Development Scholarship.  more

Alert
Thursday, March 18, will be an eLearning day due to severe weather
Posted on 03/17/2021
Due to the potential for severe inclement weather, Thursday, March 18 will be an eLearning day for all Darlington County School District students.  more

Teacher Feature
Darlington County School District announces March Teacher Feature winners
Posted on 03/12/2021
The Darlington County School District’s Teacher Forum announced this week the Teacher Feature winners for March. The program recognizes one teacher from each school to honor excellence in education.  more

2021-22 Calendar
Darlington County Board of Education approves 2021-22 academic calendar
Posted on 03/09/2021
The Darlington County Board of Education approved an academic calendar for the 2021-22 school year after much discussion and surveying of employees and families. The first day of school for all students will be Monday, Aug. 9. The first day for teachers will be Monday, Aug. 2.  more

Apply Now for the Montessori Program at Bay Road Elementary
Application period opens for Darlington County School District’s highly successful early childhood Montessori Program in Hartsville
Posted on 03/08/2021
The application period for the Darlington County School District’s early childhood Montessori Program at Bay Road Elementary School in Hartsville is now open from March 8 through March 26.  more

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Apply online for ArtSummer 2021
Posted on 03/01/2021
The application period for ArtSummer 2021 is now open through April 2!   more

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Hartsville High’s Tew and Parrott earn prestigious Scholastic Art awards
Posted on 02/24/2021
Two Hartsville High School students have been honored with renowned Scholastic Art Awards for their artwork.  more

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DCSD announces change to curbside food pick-up locations
Posted on 02/19/2021
The changes are necessary to properly allocate staffing resources beginning Monday, Feb. 23, when all face-to-face students will return to the classroom for five days each week.  more

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DCSD announces February 2021 Teacher Feature winners
Posted on 02/18/2021
The Darlington County School District’s Teacher Forum announced this week the Teacher Feature winners for February. The program recognizes one teacher from each school to honor excellence in education.  more

Jennifer Gribben
DCSD names Jennifer Gribben coordinator of English/Language Arts
Posted on 02/17/2021
The Darlington County School District announced today that Jennifer Gribben will be the district’s new coordinator of English/Language Arts.  more

Dr. Omoro King
Darlington County School District announces Dr. Omoro King as new director of elementary education
Posted on 02/17/2021
Darlington County School District announced this week the hiring of Dr. Omoro King as its new director of elementary education.  more

Alert
DCSD again offers Expanded School Choice
Posted on 02/15/2021
In an effort to give parents more flexibility and control in the educational process, Darlington County School District is again offering district-wide Expanded School Choice. The application period for the 2021-22 school year will be Feb. 8 through March 8.  more

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Hartsville High International Baccalaureate Programme ranks among best in the state
Posted on 02/04/2021
Hartsville High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme Class of 2020 ranked amongst the elite programs in the state. Hartsville IB Diploma Candidates earned an 88.9 percent passage rate that stands as the second highest in South Carolina.  more

Bradley Knox
Bradley Knox named Darlington High boys’ tennis head coach
Posted on 02/03/2021
Darlington High School announced Bradley Knox will take over as head coach of the boys’ tennis team.  more

Attention
DCSD to return to in-person classes Monday, Jan. 25
Posted on 01/21/2021
The Darlington County School District will return to in-person classes Monday, Jan. 25, for all face-to-face students.  more

Kim Nelson
DCSD names Kim Nelson new Coordinator of Safety and Emergency Management
Posted on 01/21/2021
The Darlington County School District announced this week Kim Nelson will join the district as its new coordinator of safety and emergency management.   more

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Darlington High announces two new track head coaches
Posted on 01/21/2021
Darlington High School welcomed two new head coaches to its athletic programs this week.   more

Teacher Feature
DCSD announces January 2021 Teacher Feature winners
Posted on 01/19/2021
The Darlington County School District’s Teacher Forum announced this week the Teacher Feature winners for January 2021.   more

Alert
DCSD to remain in eLearning through Jan. 22
Posted on 01/14/2021
After listening to input from administrators, teachers, parents, and community members regarding the COVID-19 situation in Darlington County, the Darlington County School District Board of Education and the superintendent have made the decision to remain in eLearning mode for the week of Jan. 19-22  more

Teacher Feature
DCSD announces December 2020 Teacher Feature winners
Posted on 12/04/2020
The Darlington County School District’s Teacher Forum announced this week the Teacher Feature winners for December. The program recognizes one teacher from each school to honor excellence in education.  more

Three Hartsville High student-athletes sign letters of intent
Three Hartsville High student-athletes sign letters of intent
Posted on 11/30/2020
Three Hartsville High student-athletes signed national letters of intent recently to play sports collegiately next year.   more

Attention
DCSD announces November 2020 Teacher Feature winners
Posted on 11/16/2020
The Darlington County School District’s Teacher Forum announced this week the Teacher Feature winners for November. The program recognizes one teacher from each school to honor excellence in education.  more

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Hartsville Middle’s Courtney Gainey wins 2020 DCSD Holiday Card Art Contest
Posted on 11/16/2020
Courtney Gainey, an eighth grade student at Hartsville Middle School, is the winner of the Darlington County School District’s 2020 Holiday Card Art Contest.   more

Benjamin Brown
Darlington County School District names Benjamin Brown new Executive Director of Technology
Posted on 11/12/2020
The Darlington County School District announced Wednesday that Benjamin Brown will become the district’s new executive director of technology.   more

Attention
DCSD offers students option to transfer
Posted on 11/11/2020
Darlington County School District families may request to switch to virtual or face-to-face learning modes during the district’s Transfer Application Period Nov. 13 - 30.   more

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2021-22 Magnet Program online application open now through Nov. 30
Posted on 11/10/2020
The 2020 Magnet online application opened this year on Thursday, Sept. 24, and will close Monday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 p.m.   more

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Darlington High School’s ‘25 Acts of Service’ celebrates quarter-century anniversary
Posted on 11/10/2020
Darlington High School celebrates its 25th anniversary this school year by treating the community who has supported the school so much over the years with dedicated acts of kindness.   more

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S.C. Department of Education offering classroom training for bus driver course virtually Nov. 9 - 12
Posted on 11/02/2020
The S.C. Department of Education began offering the initial classroom training for school bus drivers virtually in April. The agency will offer another of those initial training courses virtually and in the evening on Nov. 9–12.   more

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Darlington County School District announces online athletic ticket sales
Posted on 09/30/2020
The Darlington County School District is excited to introduce a new online ticketing program for high school sports. The online ticketing program will allow fans to purchase tickets in advance of an event while also allowing the high schools to accurately track the number of fans in the stands.   more

Alert
DCSD announces COVID-19 notification protocols
Posted on 09/23/2020
The Darlington County School District has released its public notification protocols for COVID-19 cases in schools. The district will follow the guidelines of the S.C. Department of Health and Environment Control regarding the notification of families when COVID-19 cases occur.  more

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DCSD announces resumption of athletic competitions
Posted on 09/23/2020
As students return to the classrooms, fans will return to the stands to watch Darlington County School District fall sports. Games and matches will take place with limited spectators, new procedures and guidelines, and a new clear bag procedure for all DCSD sports.  more

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Darlington County Board of Education announces move to in-person learning on Sept. 21
Posted on 09/15/2020
At its September meeting, the Darlington County Board of Education voted 6-1 to transition traditional students from eLearning to in-person learning, beginning on Sept. 21.  more

Attention
DCSD delays school decision until Sept. 14
Posted on 09/09/2020
The Darlington County School District will wait until after the Sept. 14 Darlington County Board of Education meeting to decide whether students will continue eLearning or return to in-person learning on Sept. 21.   more

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DCSD to offer free breakfast and lunch for students
Posted on 09/08/2020
The Darlington County School District (DCSD) will provide all K-12 students with free breakfast and lunch for 2020-2021 school year.  more

Elizabeth Thompson
Elizabeth Thompson named 2020-21 Darlington County School District Teacher of the Year
Posted on 09/08/2020
Elizabeth Thompson, an English teacher at Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology, will represent Darlington County School District as District Teacher of the Year for 2020-21.   more

Attention
DCSD offers free Wi-Fi hotspots to eligible families
Posted on 09/04/2020
The Darlington County School District will offer a limited number of free Wi-Fi hotspots to families without internet access this year. The devices are provided by the S.C. Department of Education and paid for with its federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. Families who meet the requirements can enroll online or at any DCSD school. There is a limit of one device per family.  more

Summer Reading Program Books
Duke Energy grant purchases books for thousands of DCSD students
Posted on 09/02/2020
A grant from the Duke Energy Foundation enabled the Darlington County School District to purchase books for thousands of kindergarten and elementary level students this summer.   more

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Darlington County School District releases LEAP week schedule, Sept. 8-14, for K-8 students
Posted on 09/01/2020
Darlington County School District has announced the LEAP week (Sept. 8-14) schedule for students in grades kindergarten through eighth. All K-8 students, whether registered for face-to-face instruction or the Darlington County Virtual Academy will need to attend one LEAP day.  more

Gifted and Talented
DCSD screening/referral window for 2021-2022 Gifted and Talented program will run Aug. 24 – Sept. 9
Posted on 08/24/2020
The Darlington County School District’s (DCSD) referral window for the 2021-2022 Gifted and Talented program will open Monday, Aug. 24, and close Wednesday, Sept. 9.  more

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Darlington-Lee Adult Education announces pre-registration days for fall session ​
Posted on 08/21/2020
Darlington-Lee Adult Education will hold fall session pre-registration for students from Darlington, Hartsville, Lamar and Society Hill on Aug. 25-27. The pre-registration events on those days will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Students must attend one of those days if they plan to attend the fall session.   more

Attention
Darlington County School District sets Title I school meetings
Posted on 08/20/2020
Title I schools in Darlington County School District will hold Annual Parent Meetings shortly after school opens Sept. 8 to discuss the Title I services that the schools receive and the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act.  more

Carla Jefferson
DCSD announces interim director, enrollment figures for new Darlington County Virtual Academy
Posted on 08/11/2020
The Darlington County School District announced today that approximately 3,700 students, or 37 percent of the student population, enrolled in the district’s new Darlington County Virtual Academy for the 2020-2021 school year. Carla Jefferson will serve as the Academy’s interim director.   more

Calendar
Darlington County School District releases revised 2020-21 calendar
Posted on 07/15/2020
At its July meeting, the Darlington County Board of Education approved a revised calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. Under the new calendar, the first day of school for all students will be Tuesday, Sept. 8. The first day for teachers will be Monday, Aug. 24.  more

Attention
Darlington County Board of Education creates Virtual Academy, revises school start date
Posted on 07/15/2020
On Monday, the Darlington County Board of Education voted to move the school district’s first day of school to September 8 with the goal of operating face-to-face with an eLearning component. The board also approved the creati.  more

Summer Meal Program
DCSD announces summer meal program
Posted on 06/04/2020
The Darlington County School District is pleased to offer our summer nutrition program for our students. All sites will be open beginning Monday, June 8, 2020.  more

Attention
DCSD and schools move to summer office hours
Posted on 06/04/2020
Beginning with the week of June 1, 2020, the Darlington County School District's administrative offices and schools will transition to summer office hours and workdays. v  more

Teachers of the Year
Darlington County School District names 2020-2021 School Teachers of the Year
Posted on 05/22/2020
Twenty-three teachers will serve as their school’s 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year after being chosen for the honor by their peers, the Darlington County School District announced Friday.  more

Graduating Seniors
Darlington County Board of Education votes to allow seniors to purchase MacBooks
Posted on 05/13/2020
Graduating seniors of the Darlington County School District will be allowed to purchase their district-issued MacBooks this year, the Darlington County Board of Education decided Monday.   more

Wi-Fi Buses
DCSD Wi-Fi bus locations for eLearning
Posted on 05/08/2020
DCSD has buses with Wi-Fi access, provided by the state department of education, at 10 locations across the county.  more

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Darlington County School District announces graduation plans
Posted on 05/07/2020
The Darlington County School District (DCSD) will hold in-person graduation ceremonies for the district’s four high schools in the football stadiums on Tuesday, June 2.  more

Online Registration
Darlington County School District announces online 4K and 5K registration for new students
Posted on 05/01/2020
Online registration for traditional 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) and 5-year-old kindergarten (5K) for the 2020-21 school year will be held from May 1 through May 15.   more

2020 Art in Business Grand Prize Winners
DCSD announces 2020 Art in Business grand prize winners
Posted on 04/29/2020
The Darlington County School District announced this week the four grand prize winners of its annual Art in Business program. The district also announced the 18 other school winners.   more

Attention
DCSD announces personnel changes for 2020-2021
Posted on 04/09/2020
With an eye to the future, the Darlington County Board of Education approved five administrative assignments for the 2020-2021 school year at its April board meeting.  more

Hotline
Darlington County School District establishes hotlines for technology help and coronavirus information
Posted on 03/17/2020
The Darlington County School District announced today the opening of two new hotlines to help students, parents and staff get information during school closures related to the coronavirus situation.  more

eLearning Plan
Darlington County School District releases eLearning Plan for school closures
Posted on 03/16/2020
The Darlington County School District today released its eLearning and remote learning plan to continue instruction while district schools are closed. Through the DCSD program, students will be able to keep learning, even when face-to-face options are unavailable.   more

Student Food Service
DCSD adjusts schedule for free student meals during coronavirus closure
Posted on 03/16/2020
The Darlington County School District will provide nutritional, breakfast and lunch meals at more than 30 locations during school closures for the coronavirus situation.  more

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DCSD announces March 2020 Teacher Feature winners
Posted on 03/10/2020
The Darlington County School District’s Teacher Forum announced this week the Teacher Feature winners for March.   more

Physical Education Devleopment Program
DCSD Physical Education teachers begin professional develop program
Posted on 03/10/2020
Darlington County School District’s physical education teachers recently began a professional development opportunity with the S.C. Department of Education.  more

Lamar Elementary STEM Day
Lamar Elementary hosts STEM Days
Posted on 03/10/2020
Lamar Elementary School recently hosted another of its “STEM Days,” focused on providing activities to connect students to prior learning.   more

Montessori Program
Darlington County School District to offer early childhood Montessori Program in Hartsville
Posted on 03/09/2020
The Darlington County School District will offer an early childhood Montessori program at the new Bay Road Elementary School in Hartsville for the 2020-2021 school year.   more

Darlington Middle School
Darlington Middle girls’ basketball claims conference championship
Posted on 03/02/2020
The Darlington Middle School girls’ basketball squad finished its season with an overall record of 12-3 and a 2020 Pee Dee Conference championship.   more

Shane Amerson
Lamar's Amerson signs with North Greenville football
Posted on 02/27/2020
Shane Amerson, a star football player for Lamar High School who attends Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology, recently signed a national letter of intent to play for North Greenville University next year.   more

Chuck Miller
Chuck Miller named DCSD Director of Personnel
Posted on 02/25/2020
Chuck Miller has been appointed Darlington County School District’s new director of personnel.   more

2020 Spring Intern Signing Day
Thirty-one DCSD students sign with local employers during Spring Intern Signing Day
Posted on 02/20/2020
Thirty-one Darlington County School District students officially began 12-week, paid internships with 20 different employers on Tuesday, Feb. 18.   more

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DCSD announces February 2020 Teacher Feature winners
Posted on 02/10/2020
The Darlington County School District’s Teacher Forum announced this week the Teacher Feature winners for February 2020.   more

Attention
Three DCSD principals announce plans to retire at year’s end
Posted on 02/07/2020
Darlington County School District announced today that three principals will retire at the conclusion of the current school year.  more

School counselors tour Nucor
DCSD’s Key to Career program and school counselors tour Nucor Steel
Posted on 02/04/2020
School counselors and career specialists from across the Darlington County School District got a chance to tour one of the area’s premiere manufacturing facilities recently.   more

District Calendar
Board of Education approves 2020-2021 district calendar
Posted on 01/31/2020
The Darlington County Board of Education approved the 2020-2021 Darlington County School District calendar at its January meeting.  more

School Bus Driver Training
Darlington County School District to host free bus driver training course Feb. 10-13
Posted on 01/31/2020
The Darlington County School District plans to hire school bus drivers and will host a free driver training class Feb. 10-13. Drivers can earn between $11.98 and $17.27 per hour with bonus opportunities every 45 days.  more

Coat Donation
Darlington County Parks, Recreation and Tourism donates 200 coats to Darlington County students
Posted on 01/14/2020
Hundreds of Darlington County School District students will be warmer this winter after the Darlington County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department donated new and used coats.   more

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Nearly 250 students perform for Sixth Annual DCSD All County Music Festival
Posted on 01/14/2020
The Darlington County community packed the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center at Coker University on Thursday for the Sixth Annual All County Music Festival.   more

Four HHS students sign letters of intent
Four Hartsville High student-athletes sign letters of intent
Posted on 01/09/2020
Four student-athletes from Hartsville High School will play collegiate athletics next season after signing letters of intent Wednesday morning.   more

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DCSD announces January 2020 Teacher Feature winners
Posted on 01/07/2020
The Darlington County School District’s Teacher Forum announced this week the Teacher Feature winners for January. The program recognizes one teacher from each school to honor excellence in education.  more

Expanded Choice
Darlington County School District again offers parents choices in education with Expanded School Choice
Posted on 01/06/2020
The application period for the 2020-21 school year will be Jan. 6 through Jan. 24.  more