Florence One Schools and Allen University join forces to improve student education | Local news

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FLORENCESouth Carolina — Allen University came prepared to celebrate, with a full band, as President and CEO Dr. Ernest McNealey and Florence One Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard O’Malley signed memorandums of understanding Friday to link the two organizations.

The memorandum is intended to increase accessibility to college-level arts and sciences programming, provide professional tutoring, and engaging enrichment and acceleration programs for students across the district, according to a media advisory from Florence One Schools.

To commemorate the event, Allen University brought its Band of Gold, which filled the third floor of the annex with music. Alumni of both organizations, as well as the Florence School District. Four students filled the room.

“There is nothing more valuable in our country than public schools. Public schools made the country what it is today,” McNealey said during the signing ceremony at the McClenaghan Administrative Annex. “What has allowed us to become the largest society in the world so far is public education.”

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The document outlines areas of cooperation between Allen University and Florence One Schools in the development and delivery of programming, access, and exposure to college and career opportunities that can positively impact Florence-area students.

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