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

Phone: 843-661-1815

Minority Teacher Recruitment

The Center administers a loan program to encourage minority students to become teachers and work in member school districts.

Students can receive $1,000 per year for a maximum of $4,000 to become certified teachers.  If the student then works in a member school district, the district repays the loan ($1,000 per year).  If the student does not work in a member district, he or she must repay the loan plus interest.

Member districts include Chesterfield County Clarendon Three; Darlington County; Dillon Districts One, Two and Three, Florence Districts One, Two, Four and Five; Lee County; Marion Districts One, Two, and Seven; Marlboro County; and Williamsburg County.

Applications are taken annually, usually in March and April for the following school year. 

For information or an application, contact Dr. Cleo Richardson or Dr. Keith Callicutt at 843-661-1816 or email at or


Coastal Pee Dee Regional S2MART


In partnership with South Carolina’s

Coalition for Mathematics & Science


Coastal Pee Dee S2TEM Center


 in Science, Technology, Engineering


 Mathematics Education


The Pee Dee Education Center serves as the host site for the Coastal Pee Dee S2TEM Center, one of five regional sites that make up S˛TEM Centers SC. Known over the years as "Hubs" (1993 - 2002), "Mathematics & Science Regional Centers" (2003 - 2009), "S2MART Centers" (2009 - 2011) and now S2TEM Centers SC, our statewide infrastructure for STEM education brings information, support, innovation and research to the community with emphasis on K-12 schools.. S˛TEM Centers SC is a public/private/fee-for-service not-for-profit organization. We seek to work collaboratively with STEM-oriented partners in education, business and government. S˛TEM Centers SC is an initiative of South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics and Science. 

Guided by S˛TEM Centers SC Theory of Action for Instructional Improvement, some of the Solutions for Success we offer are:   

·         Assessing, Planning and Supporting District and School Needs

·         Coaching Support for District and School Leaders, Instructional Coaches and Teachers

·         Evaluating STEM Programs

·         Facilitating Professional Learning Teams

·         Assisting with Curriculum Implementation

·         Providing Common Core State Standards Training and Support

·         Providing Formative Assessment Training

·         Providing Disciplinary Literacy Training and Support

For more information, call Kim Poston at 843-661-1824 or email


Project SHARE

Project SHARE serves Low Incidence (visually , orthopedically, or hearing impaired) students by concentrating educational and related services in the host districts of Darlington County and Florence School District One.

Specially trained teachers, assistants, and related services personnel such as Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists, and Orientation and Mobility Specialists work with students needing these services.

Students qualifying for these services are bussed into the host districts by the students’ home school districts.

For more information, please contact the Special Education Director of your home school district or contact Dr. Cleo Richardson or Dr. Keith Callicutt at 843-661-1816 or email at or



PowerSchool Workshops and Technical Support


The Pee Dee Education Center provides PowerSchool workshops and technical support for member districts at the Pee Dee Education Center or at district locations.  PowerSchool workshop topics include: 

·         PowerSchool Basics,

·         Attendance,

·         During the School Year Scheduling,

·         Enrollment,

·         Troubleshooting the PowerTeacher Gradebook,

·         PT Administration,

·         PowerScheduler,

·         ReportWorks,

·         PowerSchool for Career Specialists,

·         Incident Management, and

·         IGP (Individual Graduation Plan).

Workshops on other topics are provided when requested.

Technical support for PowerSchool users is available through email or by telephone. For more information or to receive monthly workshop announcements, contact Melissa Pennington at  or call her at 910-364-2345.





Academic Programs

The Pee Dee Education Center sponsors the following Academic programs during the school year.  Most are held at Francis Marion University and other agencies assist with the activities.

Academic Challenge for middle and high schools

Junior Scholars Program

Regional Spelling Bee

Math Tournament


Last Modified January 18, 2017