By Charles Warner
UNION COUNTY — A free screening for young children for vision, hearing, speech and other development-related medical issues will be offered by the Union County District this Friday.
The Union County School District has announced that it will hold its “Annual Child Find Day Free Screening” this Friday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
The service, which will be provided at the District Office Annex located at 120 Lakeside Drive (behind the Union County YMCA), will include screening for vision, hearing, speech and other developmental problems for children ages three through five years old.
The screenings are open not only to children enrolled in the county’s public schools, but also to children not presently enrolled in the schools.
Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For more information call 864-429-1735.
School Year Getting Under Way
The Annual Child Find Free Screening is another sign of the approaching end of the summer break and the beginning of a new school year.
Monday was the first day of school for teachers and other staff members of the county’s public school system. They returned to begin getting the schools, their classrooms, offices, lunch rooms, libraries and other facilities ready for the 2015-2016 school year.
Most of this week is devoted to staff development, but Wednesday saw the county’s elementary and middle schools holding registration for their students who will begin returning to class on Monday, Aug. 17.
Students in the 1st through 12th grades will begin classes on Monday while those in 5K will begin school on Aug. 19. The first day for 4K students attending class in the morning will be Thursday, Aug. 27 while 4K students attending afternoon classes will have their first day Friday, Aug. 28. Monday, Aug. 31 will be the first day both morning and afternoon 4K students attend classes the same day.
(Union County High School had registration on Aug. 5 and Aug. 6.)
New Staff Members
The new school year will also see new addition to the staffs of several of the county’s schools.
In a meeting Monday evening, the Union County Board of School Trustees vote to approve the Personnel Report presented by Personnel and Student Services Director Jeff Stribble. The report included the appointment of the following personnel to the following positions at the following schools:
• Carlla Hendrix, Teacher, Monarch Elementary School.
• Anne Peeler, Guidance Counselor, Buffalo Elementary School.
• Lindsey Rogers, Special Education Teacher, Foster Park Elementary School.
• Thomas Mancine, Chorus Teacher, Union County High School.
• Kathy Arnold, Teacher at Buffalo Elementary School.
• Andy Breitenbach, Special Education Assistant, Buffalo Elementary School.
• Daniel Owen, Digital Media Teacher, CATE Center.
• Jennifer Knox, 5K Assistant at Monarch Elementary School.