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Photo of Dr. Merriman Nichols

DCSD announced today that Dr. Merriman Nichols, an education leader with extensive K-12 experience, has been chosen as the district's new Chief Academic Officer. The Chief Academic Officer oversees the district's curriculum, instruction, assessment, and accountability.  Nichols brings a wealth of knowledge and a proven track record of success to the district.

Wanda Govan and William Lenard

The Darlington County Board of Education accepted the superintendent’s recommendations and approved two new administrators at its June 10 meeting. Wanda Govan will be the new director of the Darlington County School District’s (DCSD) Darlington-Lee Adult Education program, and William Lenard will be the interim principal of Lamar High School. 


A group photo of the Level 3 Institute of Biomedical Innovation students.

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Navigating more than a decade of school enroute to a high school diploma can, in many ways, be a carefully monitored experiment involving the students, families, teachers and numerous variables and controls.

The Institute of Biomedical Innovation at Lamar High School, taught entirely by Jennifer King across three levels, is a Project Lead the Way curriculum implemented at the school three years ago. The program offers interested students incredibly in-depth access to various branches of medical science, engineering, health-based law and more.

STAND Awards banner

The Darlington County School District and its schools celebrated recently the honorees for the 2024 STAND Awards program. One student from each school earned the honor for always displaying exemplary character and taking a “STAND” against illicit drug use.

The annual STAND Awards – “Students Taking Action, Not Drugs” - recognized 21 students through a virtual ceremony shared on the school district’s YouTube channel, social media accounts and website. Principals, guidance counselors and teachers each spoke about the winning students chosen from their respective schools, explaining why these exceptional winners deserved the honor.


2024 DHS JROTC Leadership Team

The Darlington High School (DHS) JROTC Leadership Team, comprising students Haley Gehrke, Kayden Leonard, Marley Robinson, Kevin Sessoms, Reva Britt, and Senior Army Instructor 1SG Bondre Carter, has earned a prestigious position in the U.S. Army JROTC Leadership Bowl Championship.  

Taking place on the campus of Catholic University of America from June 16–20 in Washington, DC, the JROTC Leadership Bowl Championship is sponsored by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and organized by the College Options Foundation. The accomplishment by the DHS JROTC Leadership Team is a first in school history.