Students `hit the ground running' in Clarendon 1 schools

SUMMERTON - Much of the talk leading into the 2012-13 school year for Clarendon School District 1 has been about the new St. Paul Elementary School.

The $7 million facility that took a little more than two years to build opened to the public in late July and features state-of-the-art technology that will save the district thousands of dollars in the next few years while also providing students with matchless educational tools.

But St. Paul Elementary isn't the only school in the district focusing on the new.

"I'd say probably our biggest change this year is that we've implemented a 120-minute block of uninterrupted teaching time for English language arts (ELA) in our schedule for all grades pre-K through second," said Summerton Early Childhood Center Principal Tamika Riley.