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Old 09-28-2009, 09:15 AM
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Wando principal receives top national honors
Monday, September 28, 2009

COLUMBIA A South Carolina high school principal has been honored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Wando High School Principal Lucy Beckham is the 2010 national high school principal of the year. The announcement was made Monday at the Mount Pleasant school.

Wando is the state's largest school with more than 3,200 students. Beckham has been principal since 1998 and helped oversee the move to a new, larger building in 2004.

Beckham says dividing the school into five academies helps it seem smaller for students. Wando offers more than 250 courses in 37 majors.

The school has received "excellent" ratings since state report cards were first issued in 2001.

Beckham will be honored during a banquet next month in Washington. She will receive $5,000 for the school.
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Old 09-28-2009, 09:15 AM
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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Old 09-28-2009, 09:32 AM
Location: Summerville
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Great accolades....
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Old 09-28-2009, 12:51 PM
Location: Charleston, SC
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Indeed, high praise and she's certainly deserving of it.
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:30 PM
Location: Summerville, SC
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That is wonderful.
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Old 09-28-2009, 06:28 PM
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I have known several people who claim that her force of will is what is keeping such an oversized high school on track. I know some fuss about it generally or aren't entirely happy but keeping Wando in order is a huge accoplishment. And to do for that long is really worthy of respect.

I think Mt Pleasant area realtors should match the $5000 grand because that school probably adds at least triple that to the value of each house in the attendance area.
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:15 PM
Location: Charleston, SC
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Kudos to Mrs. Beckham! Maybe this will shed a more positive light on the Charleston County Schoold District.
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