Lamar High seeks to be magnet school for biomedicine studies
By Bobby Bryant, Editor
Lamar High School is proposing to launch a magnet program in the field of biomedicine, the school’s principal told the Darlington County school board Feb. 22. Principal Marlon Thomas, speaking to the board during a work session in which no votes were taken, said Lamar High wants to be a magnet school for “biomedical innovation,” which he described as teaching “the science behind medicine.” The program would “give our kids exposure to medical professionals” through partnerships with area hospitals and health-care agencies, he said. “We want our students to be able to investigate, document and analyze and solve real-world problems,” Thomas said. “We want our students to be critical thinkers.” School board members appeared interested in the proposal, but some wondered if it might not be a better fit at the Darlington County Institute of Technology (DCIT). At DCIT’s health science program, Thomas said, “Students will learn about blood pressure, and they’ll learn how to use machines to give a reading on blood pressure. … Biomed students will give you the science behind why your blood pressure is elevated, and what’s happening to your body.” The board will consider the proposal at one of its regular sessions.