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AJ cleanup expands: 6 weeks, $3M

By Mark Manicone

Andrew Jackson Middle School’s plan for a two-week, $1 million fire cleanup has ballooned into perhaps six weeks and $3 million.
“The latest date we’ll reopen is the Monday after spring break, April 16,” Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said. “Of course challenges could arise that we can’t foresee, but we’re confident we can open by then.”


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2 ILHS teachers honored for mentoring

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Tribute to 17 Parkland victims strains local students, teachers

By Mark Manicone

Students and teachers filed silently out of classrooms at Andrew Jackson High School at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Some leaned against doorways. Kids sat on the floor with their knees up to their chests, heads buried in crossed arms. The only sound was sniffling, as many, including several teachers, fought back tears.
For 17 somber minutes, AJ mourned the 17 students and faculty shot to death Feb. 14 in Parkland, Fla.


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Commemorations will remain inside buildings

No walkouts expected at local schools

By Mark Manicone

Lancaster County students today will mark the one-month anniversary of the Florida school massacre, but school officials here do not expect the “walkout” planned at many campuses across the country.
Plans have been announced for specific in-school commemorations at Lancaster, Indian Land, Buford and Andrew Jackson high schools.


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School-safety briefing at Buford High

By Kayla Vaughn

The Lancaster County School District will hold a school-safety information session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Buford High School’s library.
The session, led by Safety Director Bryan Vaughn, is meant to show parents what has been done and what is still in the works for keeping their children safe. It is the third session sponsored by the district, with the first two at Indian Land and North Elementary schools.


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Heath Springs students pitch detailed upgrades for school

By Mark Manicone

Heath Springs Elementary School students wowed Lancaster County school board members with a detailed presentation about upgrades they want for their school.
The first, third and fifth graders, with parents in tow, marched into the district building Feb. 20 to address the board about the proposed renovation and redesign. And they all presented their case with little to no aid from their teachers.


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AJMS staffers get marching orders as fire recovery starts

By Mark Manicone

Teachers from fire-damaged Andrew Jackson Middle School filled every seat and lined the walls at the nearby high school library Thursday, as Superintendent Jonathan Phipps and district staff pledged support to the faculty and laid out plans for the weeks-long recovery.
“To the Andrew Jackson Middle School family, we are sorry that this happened,” said Sheri Watson, principal of Heath Springs Elementary, one of the campuses where the AJMS students will attend classes during the cleanup from Thursday night’s fire.


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‘Share the Love’ project organized by Young People in Charge, a local youth philanthropy

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Schoolkids learn local landmarks with Read Across America video

By Kayla Vaughn

Lancaster County students are celebrating Read Across America today by being among some of the first to watch a video about the county they call home, featuring some big names around Lancaster.
“The county wanted to partner together to do a reading program,” said David Knight, public relations director for the county school district.


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Big Thursday splits $40K between USCL, Clemson

By Greg Summers

Tiger and Gamecock supporters will always be rivals, but that doesn’t keep them from teaming up for a common purpose once a year.
On Wednesday, Big Thursday Scholarship of Lancaster presented checks for $20,000 each to the USC Lancaster Educational Foundation and Clemson University.
“We’re are grateful to the organizers of Big Thursday of Lancaster for their work again this year in organizing such a successful fundraiser,” said USCL Dean Walt Collins.


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