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Highland Springs Attendance Zone

  • As our district prepares to open the new Highland Springs Middle School, an important determination remains...who will be zoned for this new campus. Please see a timeline below and join us at the upcoming Town Hall Meetings to share your input. 

    TOWN HALL MEETINGS HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED

    February 8, 2023 - Midland Valley High School - Auditorium - 6:30pm
    February 9, 2023 - North Augusta High School - Main Gym - 6:30pm

    1.17  – Board Workstudy with options for the attendance zone presented by a professional demographer
    1.24  – Board Meeting | Demographers share and answer questions on proposed attendance zone options
    2.14  – Board Meeting | Professional demographers present any alterations to the previously proposed plans after receiving input from the community
    2.28  – Board Meeting | Professional demographers present any new alterations after considering input
    3.7    – Board Meeting with public input, school board discussion and decision on attendance zone

    At the January 24, 2023 School Board Meeting, the Board was presented with six zoning options for Highland Springs Middle School. After inspecting all options, they voted to eliminate two (Options 3 & 4). All options presented below took into consideration travel time, proximity to the school, demographic breakdown of students and balance of enrollment.

    Click  HERE to see the presentation from MGT Consulting that was shown at the Board Meeting.

    A little help with reading the maps

    • The thicker outlines on the maps are the existing zoning lines for PKMS, NAMS, LBCMS and LMMS.
    • Pink shading indicates NAMS zone.
    • Gray shading indicates PKMS zone.
    • Green shading indicates LMMS zone.
    • Blue shading indicates LBCM zone.
    • Purple shading  indicates HSMS zone.
    • Clicking on the map will open a pdf in another window. You can zoom in when it opens but if you download the pdf and open it in your Adobe Reader, you can zoom in even more.

    In approximately a week, we will post a school zone locator that can show you how each option will affect your specific address. Please bear with us as this element is being built. 
    Below are options 1,2,5 & 6. 

    Option 1
    This option splits Areas 2 & 3. Any student being moved out of their current school is ONLY moving to HSMS. This option also keeps NAMS zone non-contiguous (not connected).

    Option 1

    Option 2
    This option has HSMS in Area 2 only. Students being moved out of their existing or zoned for school can be moved to any other school in Area 2. This option also keeps NAMS zone non-contiguous.

    Option 2

    Option 5
    This option splits Areas 2 & 3. Students being moved out of their existing or zoned for school can be moved to any other school in their Area or HSMS. This option makes NAMS zone contiguous (connected).

    Option 5

    Option 6
    This option has HSMS in Area 2 only. Students being moved out of their existing or zoned for school can be moved to any other school in Area 2. This option also makes NAMS zone contiguous.

    Option 6

Construction Status

  • Update: January 10, 2023
    •Construction is continuing at a steady pace with numerous trades working on-site.
    •Exterior veneer and openings are 85% complete, roofing is continuing and is approximately 80% complete.
    •Drywall framing, prime painting and fire protection are continuing, while plumbing, fire protection, mechanical and electrical rough-in (overhead and in-wall) are occurring.
    •Site-work includes rough and final grading around the new facility, while Buchanan Parkway (entry road) is paved with base.

Highland Springs Middle Principal Named

  • As the District prepares to open Highland Springs Middle in July 2023, Paige Day, a proven educational leader, will transition in January from her principal position at Paul Knox to serve as point person for the district’s new campus.

    Day, a North Augusta native, is in her fourth year as Principal of Paul Knox. Prior to her administrative appointment at Paul Knox, Day served as an Assistant Principal at North Augusta High School, and, earlier an Advanced Placement English teacher. 

    She says it’s been both an honor and privilege to serve in leadership roles in her hometown and at the schools she herself attended. “The faculty and staff at Paul Knox are among the most professional and caring educators that I have worked with,” she stated. “Additionally, the student body at Paul Knox Middle School comes to school every day with passion and enthusiasm for learning.”

    Day received her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston. She also has a Masters Degree in Secondary Education and English, as well as an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Augusta State University. Day frequently presents at District and statewide conferences and has endorsements in Advanced Placement English and Gifted and Talented education.

    “Day has demonstrated success in building and leading high-performing teams,” Phyllis Gamble, Assistant Superintendent of Middle Schools commented. “We have tremendous confidence in her leadership of a new school and believe she’s just the right fit for serving as Principal of Highland Springs Middle.”

    “I am looking forward to being able to lead the opening of Highland Springs Middle School which will be the first new middle school to serve Areas 2 and 3 in many years. I am excited to continue working with families that I have known and loved for many years as well as getting to know new families and students in Aiken County Public Schools.”

    Aiken County’s School Board unanimously approved Day’s reassignment at their meeting Tuesday, November 15, and also approved Casey Rogers, current principal at Langley-Bath-Clearwater (LBC) Middle, to transition to Paul Knox, filling Day’s vacancy.

    Rogers served first as a social studies teacher, assistant principal, then principal at LBC and has built trusting relationships with students, staff and stakeholders alike. “It’s the ability to engage his school community that made Rogers an ideal fit for Day’s vacancy at Paul Knox,” Superintendent Laurence explained.”

    Rogers’ academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of South Carolina, and a Masters of Education degree from Augusta State University.

    Day and Rogers will begin their new roles as Principal of Highland Springs and Paul Knox middle, respectively, in January following winter break.

    Paige Day 

    Paige Day, Highland Springs Middle School Principal
    Email: PDay@acpsd.net

     

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