The mission of Florence County School District Four, in unison with parents and community, is to guarantee an excellent education for each student by providing highly-qualified personnel, rigorous curriculum, and safe and well-maintained facilities.
We believe that:
The needs of our children come first.
Each individual deserves a quality education.
The learning potential of each human being is unlimited.
The family has primary responsibility for the development of values.
Diversity is a strengthening quality.
A community's success depends upon the involvement of its members.
All human beings have inherent dignity and worth.
High expectations produce higher results.
District and Community Information
Florence County School District Four is located in the Town of Timmonsville in the western part of Florence County, South Carolina. It is a public, rural school district located in this small town. Florence Four is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees, who are elected at large. The Board meets monthly in the Media Center of Timmonsville Educational Center (TEC). In the past three years, Florence Four has had two superintendents. The current superintendent is serving in an interim capacity. The District employs 100 staff members. Of the district's total staff, 51% are teachers, 23 are at Brockington Elementary School, 12 are at Johnson Middle and 18 are at Timmonsville High School. The annual operating budget for the district for the 2015-16 school year totaled $5.4 million dollars.
Timmonsville Educational Center (TEC) opened for instruction in February 2000 and is comprised of three schools - Brockington Elementary (3K - grade 5); Johnson Middle (grades 6-8) and Timmonsville High School (grades 9-12). Although Florence Four is a one roofing facility, the three schools are considered separate; however, all three school share the same address along with the administrative district office at 304 Kemper Street, Timmonsville.
Presently, (2016-17 SY), student enrollment is 692 of which 51 (7.4%) are English-language learners. Brockington Elementary has 381 students enrolled, of which 302 are African American, 27 are Caucasian, and 48 are Hispanic/other, two are Asian and two are American Indian. Of the 117 students enrolled at Johnson Middle, 95 are African American, 12 are Caucasian, 10 are Hispanic/other. Of the 194 students enrolled at Timmonsville High, 173 are African American, 12 are Caucasian, and nine are Hispanic/other. The District's poverty level is 80.76%. All students are served breakfast and lunch through the District's participation in the State Community Eligibility Provisio (CEP). The student attendance rate is 96.9%. There are 130 students with disabilities.
Florence Four engages in partnership with local colleges, technical schools, and local school districts to offer a variety of course offerings. Career education classes are taught at neighboring school districts. The district partners with Florence Darlington Technical College for dual enrollment courses. Several other new programs were added to enhance the District's curriculum needs - Virtual School, and a Gifted and Talented program. Timmonsville High's Alternative Learning Center operates daily from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Timmonsville Adult Education Center operates Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Both programs operate at 114 South Kershaw Street.
The Timmonsville community, according to the most recent census has a population of 2,320. The area once thrived with the tobacco market which dominated the town economy. Today, Honda of South Carolina, Manufacturing, Inc., is the economic engine of the community. Despite the 1998 addition of Honda, Timmonsville's economy has suffered. The 2010 Census revealed a median income for a household of $23,514. Despite the economic challenges, the Town of Timmonsville began revitalization projects in 2014, updating roads, water, and sewage system. These efforts have resulted in an increase of business openings and some returning.