Bits and Pieces

A Newsletter from the Superintendent

January 27, 2023

FSD3 Celebrates Life of Dr. Ronald E. McNair

Florence County School District Three celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Ronald E. McNair Tuesday with a program at The Bean Market Friday.

The annual program remembers the life of Dr. McNair who was killed while aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger when it exploded 73 seconds of liftoff on January 28, 1986.

Dr. McNair’s wife, Cheryl, and other family members attended the program, which included a recorded video message from his brother, Carl.

The guest speaker for the program was Dr. Jordan Lewis, a native or Orangeburg and a past Winthrop University McNair Scholar, is an evolutionary biologist and a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellow at Yale University.

“Dr. McNair’s legacy is one that continues to motivate and inspire students and educators across the country today,” Dr. Lewis said. “More personally, Dr. McNair’s legacy directly impacted my journey and his exampled help me believe that my dreams were not too far beyond my reach.”

The program also included musical and dance performances along with student poetry and video presentations by students in all FSD3 schools.


OMS Students Takes First Place in Art Contest

Liam Bennett, a second grader at Olanta Creative Arts and Science Magnet School, recently won first place in the Wildlife Forever Songbird Art Contest.

The art competition hosted by Wildlife Forever focused on sharing the wonder and species diversity of North American songbirds. Participants were required to submit an original piece of artwork accompanied by an essay detailing the unique characteristics of their chosen bird species and their conservation needs.

His artwork was chosen to represent South Carolina and to be displayed along with each of the first place national winners.

A special thanks to OMS art teacher, Sophie Reynolds, for making the entry.

Image of Liam Bennett holding his artwork


FSD3 to Host Teacher Recruitment Fair

Florence School District 3 is hosting a teacher recruitment fair scheduled on Saturday, February 18, at The Stables in Lake City.

The Stables is located at 128 West Main St. in Lake City.

Interviews will be conducted on site. The Recruitment Fair is divided into two sessions.

Elementary Level Candidates from 9 – 11 a.m.

Middle/Secondary Level Candidates from 12 – 2 p.m.

Interviews are available for the following positions: Secondary (English, Math, Science & Social Studies), Middle Level (English, Math, Science & Social Studies), Elementary, Early Childhood, Special Education, Art, Music, Physical Education, Foreign Language (Spanish), Automotive and School Librarian.

Register for the appropriate time at

The recruitment fair is open only to individuals who will be certified to teach by August 2023.

All candidates interested in teaching in FSD3 must apply online at

Coming from out of town? Hotel accommodations are available at the following hotel: The Inn at the Crossroads (Recruitment Site), 843-394-2100. Be sure to request the Florence Three Teacher Recruitment Fair rate.

Contact our Human Resources Employment Specialist, Esther Ward, at or (843)669-2442 if you have any questions regarding this event or the application process.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do before the event?

Complete an application at

Submit a 1 page resume. Resumes must be submitted by Tuesday, January 31, in order to be included in the candidate booklet.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Yes. Either bring a printed ticket or just show your ticket on your phone to get in.

What are my parking options? All candidates will park in the parking lot of the Inn at the Crossroads. Overflow parking on Main Street.

How do I learn more about the District? Visit our website at