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Sanford commends school, work efforts on visit

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NORTH AUGUSTA --- Gov. Mark Sanford's tour of Aiken and Edgefield counties Wednesday celebrated new jobs and educational opportunities, but also showcased the area's attempts to stay economically competitive.

Fox Creek High School Principal Tim Murph (left) shows a science lab to Gov. Mark Sanford (right) on a tour Wednesday.  Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Fox Creek High School Principal Tim Murph (left) shows a science lab to Gov. Mark Sanford (right) on a tour Wednesday.

Sanford said his visit at the grand opening of Graniteville's $45 million MTU Detroit Diesel plant correlated to the opportunities that charter schools like Fox Creek High could offer students in the future.

"Choice is simply a means to speeding up the rate of change," the governor told Fox Creek staffers.

Sanford also told school board members that the school's small size was vital as competition in education grows and those students compete globally for their jobs. Offering smaller classes would show greater academic gains over time, he said.

Even with 1,200 local applicants, MTU hired only 50 local employees.

"Having choices and diversity of academics is vital to the larger notion of change," he said.

As Principal Tim Murph showcased class sizes of fewer than 16 students, top-ranked seniors sang the praises of their teachers for knowing not only their names but also their goals.

"I feel like I have a personal relationship with all of my teachers and even the administrators," Jessica Horton said. "I just feel honored that I get to share that with Gov. Sanford."

Sanford commended the school on being fiscally prudent by pursuing federal Department of Agriculture grants to build its facility rather than relying on an increase in property taxes and the Edgefield County School District.

Sanford's visit included a briefing with the Aiken County legislative delegation on pending lawsuits to move nuclear waste from Savannah River Site to Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

The briefing was part of transition efforts as Gov.-elect Nikki Haley takes over next month.

Sen. Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, said the process is very much "wait and see" until a 15-member federal Blue Ribbon Panel, appointed by President Obama, tours the site next month.

"I think everyone was just looking for updates and to know we're on the same page," Massey said.

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JoseyG 12/02/10 - 01:23 am
Funny how this mornings

Funny how this mornings artical saying the same thing was replaced with a new one tonight ! I still say Fox Creek should care more about teaching the students ! Not just the Rich kids who's parents built the school also the Sports are more important ! It's also strange how Mr. Murph showed up today for Gov. Sanford but is never at the school ! Time and time again he is needed by parents and never thier .

justus4 12/02/10 - 04:11 am
How do they do it? They do

How do they do it? They do anything they want to, say anything they want to, and keep a straight face. Laws mean nothing, rules are flexible and the show goes on. No accountability anywhere, only excuses.

FredSmith 12/02/10 - 11:54 am
I think it is exciting and

I think it is exciting and commendable to the Fox Creek Staff that the Govenor came to our High School. Dr. Murph has been working tirelessly to get our beautiful new school up and running and the kids love it. I know they enjoy going to school now more than ever before.

The article you wrote above about the federal grants helping to build the school and not increasing our local taxes is something that I did not know. I have even more respect now for Dr. Murph and all his hard work at the school. I don't know what kind of beef that JoseyG has with the school, but every time I go to the school night or day and weekends I see Dr. Murph there. Keep up the Great Work Fox Creek our kids and community depend on what you do.

J Hill
J Hill 12/02/10 - 12:08 pm
I have been to Fox Creek many

I have been to Fox Creek many times, I have 2 boys going to Fox Creek. Mr. Murph has always been there and he really cares about his students and our school.
We as a community should be thankful for Mr. Murph. Fewer than 16 students per class, now thats somthing to be thankful for!! Thanks a million, Mr. Murph!!

SandraHayden 12/02/10 - 12:13 pm
I was so excited to that Gov.

I was so excited to that Gov. Mark Sanford was at our school. This is proof of the greatness of our school. Thank You Dr. Murphy for putting us first. My kids are my number one priority and I think they are thriving at Fox Creek. I am not "rich" and my kids don't play sports so I can't comment on sports, but my kids are doing very well at Fox Creek. If your kids are not then maybe you or them are the problem and not the school. I don't like it when people put down our school..
I think Dr. Murphy is a great principal and my kids like him alot, a little scared of him, but like him. I call that respect and that tells me he is doing a good job.

greengiant 12/02/10 - 07:44 pm
JoseyG, I have to wonder

JoseyG, I have to wonder about you. In checking your previous posts, I found nothing positive you have ever written about anyone or anything. Secondly, you should review the progress Fox Creek High School, it's educational rankings, it's faculty, it's facilities and most of all, the progress of it's students over the period of time Dr. Murph has been at the helm of our school. Having a son in the school, I closely monitor his and the school's progress and have found nothing but exemplary performance from Dr. Murph, his faculty, the school as a whole and most importantly, OUR KIDS! Please take a moment and review all the posts here, you are the only one containing anything negative. Are you right and everyone else wrong?

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