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On March 20, 2014, the first "State Championship of Academics" was held at Francis Marion University.  The Academic Challenge winners (middle and high schools) from the Pee Dee Education Center  competed against the winners from the Olde English Consortium in the upstate.  We hope eventually to expand into other areas of the state.

The results are:

Division I Middle Schools

Indian Land def. Williams


Division II Middle Schools

Lake View def. Fairfield


Division I High Schools

Wilson def. Lancaster


Division II

Indian Land def. Johnsonville

Congratulations to all teams and coaches!!

To view the Academic Challenge Regular Season and Tournament results,  click on the Academic Challenge Link above.

A Proud Tradition  
A Confident Future

The Pee Dee Education Center was formed in 1967 to provide services to its member school districts.  Current membership includes Chesterfield County Schools; Clarendon Districts 1, 2, & 3; Darlington County Schools; Dillon Districts 3 & 4; Florence Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5; Lee County Schools; Marion County Schools; Marlboro County Schools;  Williamsburg County Schools; Coker College, and Francis Marion University.

The Center provides such programs as Project SHARE which serves low incidence disabled students in the host sites of Darlington County Schools and Florence School District One. 

The Center  promotes hiring of minority teacher candidates by sponsoring several loans each year to worthy minority students who are going to college and major in Education.  Upon graduation, if the student returns to the Pee Dee region to teach, the loan is paid by the school district.

High School and Middle School Academic Challenges are sponsored by the Center as well as the regional Spelling Bee, The Junior Scholars' Recognition Program,  and the FMU Math Tournament.

The Center also provides PowerSchool Training for member districts.




On February 23, 2015, from a field of approximately 38 of the top spellers in the Pee Dee area, REBECCA LIU, a seventh grade student from Williams Middle School prevailed.  REBECCA won several prizes including an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. for the National Spelling Bee.  Congratulations to her for representing the Pee Dee area successfully.

 ABBY RICHBURG, 6th grader from Manning Elementary School was runner up. Congratulations to ABBY as well.



Serving Pee Dee
School Districts, Coker College, and
Francis Marion University

To Contact Us:

Rick Reames
Executive Director, PDEC
520 Francis Marion Rd.
Florence, SC 29506-4701

Phone:   843-661-1816


For specific driving directions to 520 Francis Marion Rd.  Florence, SC go to


KEY DATES (14-15):

Math Tournament:  Dec. 2, 2014

Pee Dee Regional Spelling Bee:  Feb. 23, 2015

Middle School AC Tournament: February 28, 2015

High School AC Tournament:  March 14, 2015

State AC Tournament (Winthrop Univ.), March 19, 2015

Junior Scholars' Program:  April 27, 2015




Last Modified, February 24, 2015

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