Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015

American Education Week - November 16-20, 2015

Tuesday, November 17 - Transportation Staff Appreciation Day

More than 400 bus drivers, aides, and support staff are responsible for transporting 27,000 students over 37,000 miles each day.

Steven Skipwith, Bus DriverSteven Skipwith, Bus Driver
Steven Skipwith worked in the IT field for fifteen years prior to moving to Greenville. Once in Greenville, he wanted a job that would get him involved in the new community, which led him to school bus transportation. He currently drives a special needs route and loves the students he transports.
He also takes pre-K students to speech therapy Monday through Thursday, and says he really enjoys driving around town and interacting with students.

Sharon Evans, Bus Safety OfficerSharon Evans, Bus Safety Officer
Sharon Evans has been with Greenville County Schools for 25 years, beginning her career as a custodian before transitioning to bus driver and now Safety Officer/Third-Party Tester for the State Department of Education. Evans says, "I love my job! I enjoy meeting people and the whole process of teaching new drivers to do things the right way. I want to make sure that all of our drivers are the best."

Carl Allmond, Bus Shop MechanicCarl Allmond, Bus Shop Mechanic
Bus Mechanic Carl Allmond is one of several employees who ensure that district-owned buses (activity, magnet, and special program) are ready to roll every day. Services include preventive maintenance checkups, mandatory state inspections, and major repairs. The district owns 117 buses as a supplement to the state-provided fleet for student transportation.

Monday, November 16 - School Support Staff Appreciation Day

Inspiration happens here every day. Powerful. Enlightening. Limitless.

Greenville County Schools is celebrating American Education Week with other schools and districts across the nation during the week of November 16-20 with the theme Inspiration happens here every day. Powerful. Enlightening. Limitless.

Greenville County Schools, the nation’s 44th largest school district, understands and encourages the active involvement of parents, volunteers, and the community as our more than 5,000 teachers inspire young people to work together to educate college- and career-ready graduates.

Schools will host special events during the week to spotlight teachers and other staff. Parents and other community members are invited to visit a local school to observe the outstanding students, staff and programs of Greenville County Schools. 

About Greenville County Schools

  • Largest District in SC; 44th Largest in Nation
  • More than 76,000 Students in Grades K-12

Students

  • The GCS Class of 2015 received $118.5 million in college scholarships.
  • About 15% of our students attend school on choice, making GCS the state leader.
  • GCS students scored above the state and national averages on the SAT and ACT College Entrance Tests.
  • Nine out of 10 GCS juniors earned National Career Readiness Certificates.

Employees

  • About 9,600 Employees; About 5,000 Teachers
  • 99% of teachers are highly qualified content experts.
  • GCS boasts more National Board Certified Teachers (667) than 24 states, and we rank 13th of 14,000 school districts in the nation for total number of NBCTs.

Schools (101)

  • Elementary - 51
  • Middle - 20
  • High - 14
  • Centers - 17 (Career, Child Development, Special)

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