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Education Notes: Jan. 14, 2018

By The Staff

County schools closed for MLK Day
All Lancaster County schools will be closed Jan. 15 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but will re-open on Jan. 16.

Local student makes Coker dean’s list
Kimberly Ghent of Lancaster has been named to Coker College’s fall 2017 dean’s list. To qualify, students must earn at least a 3.75 grade-point average and complete at least 12 semester hours.

Conservation district offers scholarship


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CCA collects 2,100 cans of food for HOPE

From release


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Senate bill would give schools more freedom to set calendars

By Hannah Strong

Lancaster County School District officials believe it’s important to finish the first semester of school before winter break.
That’s why they are hoping state legislators will pass a Senate bill that would allow each district to set its own start dates, without the present requirement to wait until at least the third Monday in August.
LCSD is in the process of building its 2018-19 academic calendar, which will be voted on by the school board during its February meeting.


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Online survey starts, also involves mascot, colors

Time for public input on new school’s name

By Hannah Strong

An online survey to get community input on naming the new Panhandle elementary school and picking its mascot and colors will go live Monday.


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2nd-annual fundraiser for AJ arts program

Couples ready to take stage for Dancing With the Stars

By Hannah Strong

Seven couples will take the stage at the Art’s Focus Program’s second-annual Dancing With the Stars fundraiser on Feb. 3.
This year’s featured dancers are:
• Cedric Mingo and Katherine Foo.
• Dean Faile and Ashley Shannon.
• Michael Clancy and Connie Funderburk.
• Matthew Whitaker and Jamikka Crockett.
• Delmar Patterson and Liz Joyner.
• David Platts and Katrina Bernsdorff.
• Sal Estrada and Deborah Cureton.


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Focus on the Future

Busy year of building for LCSD

By Hannah Strong

Nearly a dozen Lancaster County School District construction projects are starting or wrapping up during 2018.
The new elementary school in the Panhandle is scheduled to be complete by the beginning of July. Attendance zones and the school’s name will be decided during the first few school board meetings of the year.
Buford’s multipurpose building is set to be finished by May.
Lancaster High’s multipurpose building and new administrative addition will be complete in July. The entrance of the school will be moved to Woodland Drive.


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District prepares buses for cold snap

By Hannah Strong

Lancaster County School District is preparing for this week’s frigid weather by checking its buses early to prevent delays as students return to school Tuesday.
“The forecast calls for bitter cold with lows in the mid- teens,” said Bryan Vaughn, district safety and transportation director. “These types of low temperatures along with the long holiday break with buses not being driven have played havoc with our bus fleet in years past.”


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Kershaw to allow students to use town hall space

By Hannah Strong

The town of Kershaw has voted to allow homebound students in the Andrew Jackson schools attendance area to use the town hall break room for instruction.
Students who have been expelled from the schools will use the space at the back of town hall, which serves as the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office break room.
About five students will begin using the facility next semester.


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Hall of Fame educator, community leader dies at 92

‘Barnes was just someone who did’

By Greg Summers

T.T. Barnes was a true legend.
The no-nonsense black educator and community leader died Friday. Born in Lancaster, Barnes was 92 years old.
Barnes, who saw the best in all children, had a local reputation for getting opposing parties to talk and iron out their differences, said Lancaster County Councilwoman Charlene McGriff.
“Whenever something happened and you needed someone to bring people together, Mr. Barnes was the one who could do it. He will surely be missed,” said McGriff. 


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Process ‘smoother’ here than elsewhere

Looking back on integration

By Hannah Strong

Gloria Mackey Gordon, wearing her first-day-of-school dress and penny loafers, drove her blue Chevy to pick up three friends.
It was 1966 and Gordon was a junior.
She, Ronny Lowery, and Charles and Edgar Smith were on the way to their first day at Lancaster Senior High School.
They walked into the building and got stares. Some called them names.
They were four of 15 black students in the school. The other 822 students were white.
“We all walked in and everyone just looked at us,” Gordon said.


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