Originally created 05/06/04

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Bus drivers who left pupils are suspended

FORT MILL - Two Fort Mill school bus drivers were suspended for a week without pay and required to take a one-day mandatory training class.

Bus drivers Mary Mickel and Anna Shelby dropped off about 60 Gold Hill Middle School pupils at a shopping center about two miles from the school after a storm dropped about a foot and a half of snow in York County.

State extends deadline for teachers survey

CHARLESTON - A poor response rate has prompted state education officials to give teachers an extra week to complete an online survey designed to evaluate working conditions in schools.

About 10,600 surveys have been completed, 15,000 fewer than state officials wanted by the original Friday deadline. The state Department of Education on Tuesday opted to give teachers, guidance counselors and principals until May 21 to complete the 80-question survey, which takes 15 to 30 minutes.

Officials plan to use the results to improve negative conditions that cause educators to leave the profession.

Sale worries nuclear plant's neighbors

ROCK HILL - Lake Wylie residents worry that Duke Power plans to sell some land near the Catawba Nuclear Station could make evacuation in the event of a disaster more difficult.

Duke Power officials say the company hopes to sell 580 acres near the lake's western edge north of Rock Hill to a single residential developer once an appraisal comes in this month.

Under county zoning, a developer could build about two homes per acre.

Roughly 120 families now live on the peninsula. One two-lane road passes by the nuclear plant and crosses a bridge to serve them.

Rural schools lag, superintendent says

MANNING - School reforms adopted in 1998 are producing better-educated South Carolinians, but many children in rural districts still lag academically, state Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum testified at a school funding lawsuit this week.

Eight districts suing the state say the way the state funds public schools does not give them enough money to give pupils a decent education.


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