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Springs House exhibit features artists who paint using tablets

‘Astounding’ electronic art

By Hannah Strong

Art created electronically on tablets was unveiled Wednesday at a public reception for the artists and community members at the Springs House in Lancaster.
The artists, pre-k students from Southside Early Childhood Center and adult clients from the Chester/Lancaster Disabilities and Special Needs center, created digital pieces using tablets and their own imaginations.


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Mickles resigns teaching job

By Hannah Strong

Phillip Mickles has resigned from his teaching position at Barr Street Learning Center.
The resignation became official after a vote during Tuesday night’s Lancaster County school board meeting.
Mickles was placed on administrative leave in April after an allegation of improper discipline of a student. The Lancaster Police Department investigated the incident and did not charge Mickles with a crime, but he was not reinstated to his job at that time.


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Expected traffic hiccups around construction sites

Smooth 1st day of school

By Hannah Strong and Kayla Vaughn

More than 12,000 students began the new academic year at the Lancaster County School District’s 22 schools on Thursday.
It was smooth sailing most of the day, except for some traffic congestion around the district’s many on-going construction projects.
“We had a little congestion at Lancaster High,” said David Knight, LCSD spokesman. “But nothing out of the ordinary for the first day of school.”


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Staff celebration kicks off the school year

LCSD honors teachers

By Hannah Strong

More than 1,000 Lancaster County School District teachers and faculty members in matching school T-shirts filled Buford High School’s gym Monday morning to celebrate great teaching.
Four teachers from around the district were awarded annual teaching awards. Others were recognized for the number of years they had taught, including one teacher who has 54 years under his belt.
Troy Helms, an agriculture teacher at Buford High, won the district-wide Great Teaching Award and the high school award. He has been an educator for 15 years.


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New elementary emerging from expanse of red clay

By Hannah Strong

Lancaster County school board members, district staff and community members gathered Monday afternoon to break ground on the Panhandle’s new elementary school.
Expected to be complete next August, the 95,000-square-foot building will accommodate 1,170 students. The 36-acre site is on the west side of U.S. 521, just south of Rebound Road.
School board member Melvin Stroble, who represents District 1, where the new school is being built, said the district needs additional facilities to support growth in the Panhandle.


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North, Brooklyn Springs join leadership program

‘Leader in Me’ expands to 2 more schools

By Hannah Strong

Leader in Me, a program designed to teach elementary students management skills, is coming to North and Brooklyn Springs elementary schools this academic year.
The three-year program, piloted in the county by Buford Elementary last year, is driven by Stephen Covey’s book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”
Linda Blackwell, Lancaster County School District director of elementary instruction, said Leader in Me lets students become partners in their learning.


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1st home game shifts to Buford

Delay at LHS stadium

By Hannah Strong

A construction delay at Lancaster High’s new artificial-turf football field has forced the school to move its first home game to Buford High’s new turf, which was a high priority to finish before hosting the annual jamboree this weekend.
LHS athletics director Mark Strickland said he made the call to move the game because the field’s surrounding asphalt “drive-around” may not be ready on time.


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First Steps celebrates summer of connections

On your mark, get set... Kindergarten!

By Hannah Strong

Dozens of rising kindergartners, teachers and parents lined up in front of bowling lanes and awaited cupcakes on Thursday to celebrate another successful year of Countdown to Kindergarten at the Lancaster Bowling Center.


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Put safety first on and around school buses this year

In just a few days, more than 6,000 students will begin boarding school buses to ride to and from school. More than 70 buses will operate in Lancaster County School District to accomplish this task.
When the school year ends, our buses will have traveled more than 1.25 million miles during the 2017-18 school year.
School bus travel is statistically one of the safest modes of transportation on the road. This safety record directly results from the intense training our drivers receive and the safety design of our buses.


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Students get nutritious boost from school meals

Healthy, balanced meals make so much difference in how well students do in school and how healthy they are when they become adults.
Study after study has shown how much difference a good breakfast can make on a student’s ability to focus and do well in class.
The staff in our school cafeterias work hard to give our students those kinds of meals – meals that taste great and provide the nutrition and energy our students need to grow strong and succeed in school every day.
Here are things you should know about our meal program.


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