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BHS grads enjoy ovation from elementary students

By Hannah Strong

Buford Elementary students lined the halls Thursday morning as 73 of Buford High’s soon-to-be graduates walked through in their silky maroon caps and gowns.


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Phipps facing new challenges at much bigger school district

By Hannah Strong

Dr. Jonathan Phipps is making the leap to a school district four times the size of Abbeville County’s, and with vastly different problems.
In rural Abbeville, his biggest challenge as superintendent was dealing with tight budgets and crumbling buildings from the 1950s. In Lancaster, his biggest job will be constructing new schools fast enough to keep pace with the Panhandle’s explosive growth.


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Negotiating 3-year pact

School board selects Phipps

By Hannah Strong

The Lancaster County school board voted Tuesday night to hire Dr. Jonathan Phipps as the district’s next superintendent.
The vote was 6-1, with only board member Tyrom Faulkner voting against Phipps.
Phipps, 44, is superintendent of the Abbeville County School District, where he’s served since leaving Lancaster County’s schools in 2014. He began his career in Lancaster and worked here for 19 years.


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3 retirees inducted into Education Hall of Fame

Students, teachers honored at Celebration of Excellence

By Hannah Strong

Three Lancaster County School District retirees were inducted into the county's Education Hall of Fame and 24 teachers and 301 students were honored during the 20th annual Celebration of Excellence banquets this week.


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Sara Eddins gets honorary doctorate

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Lancaster City Council member Sara Eddins received an honorary doctor of public service degree from Limestone College at the school’s May 4 graduation ceremony.


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Dr. Redish calls herself ‘great people manager’

2nd finalist makes pitch, shakes hands

By Hannah Strong

The second Lancaster County School District superintendent finalist visited Lancaster on Thursday and had the opportunity to meet the community and district staff.
Dr. Carlotta Redish, 52, assistant superintendent for human resources at Spartanburg School District 7, said she is grateful for the chance to meet the county’s students, parents, community members and district staff.


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Southside teacher on paid leave after briefly dragging 2-year-old

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A teacher at Southside Early Childhood Center has been placed on paid administrative leave after video evidence showed her dragging a 2-year-old across a classroom.
The tape showed Tiara Wade, 31, dragging the toddler by the arms “a short distance” two times on Monday afternoon, according to a Lancaster Police Department report.
Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School District safety and transportation director, said school personnel became aware of the incident later while reviewing video from the classroom.


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Dr. Phipps back in Lancaster, where he served for 19 years

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Dr. Jonathan Phipps, a superintendent finalist for the Lancaster County School District, saw many familiar faces Monday as he met with the school board and educators and fielded questions from a citizens’ panel.
Phipps, who spent 19 years as a Lancaster County educator before becoming superintendent of Abbeville schools in 2014, was the first of three LCSD superintendent finalists to have an individual meet and greet with district staff and the community.


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Documentary filmmaker visits LearnTV

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Catherine Clements Bauknight recalled the innocence of high school and the unknown that was ahead as she coached LearnTV students about filmmaking over the past two weeks.


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Claimed racial bias kept her from becoming superintendent there

Finalist Redish sued Cherokee schools

By Hannah Strong

One of the three Lancaster County School District superintendent finalists filed a federal racial discrimination lawsuit against the Cherokee County School District in 2013 after not being promoted to superintendent there.
Dr. Carlotta Redish, who is black, filed the suit in January 2013, nearly eight months after filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging racial discrimination, retaliation and a hostile work environment, according to the lawsuit.


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