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Memories from long-closed Dobson Elementary School

This sixth-grade class at now-closed Dobson Elementary School was photographed 50 years ago.


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ILMS wins U.S. reading contest, logs 177,442 minutes in October

By Hannah Strong

The number 177,442 can stand for many different things.
At Indian Land Middle School, it’s the number of minutes students read on Chromebooks during October, landing them first place in the national 2017 LightSail Launch Challenge.
The school received $3,000 to spend on e-books for students to read through the LightSail app on Chromebooks.
“We feel pretty great about winning, but most importantly our students were growing and learning and they were excited to read,” said ILM curriculum director Cheryl Fleischman.


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Press 1 button and lock down a whole school

By Hannah Strong

Locking down a school to protect it from outside intrusion took nearly 10 minutes using the Lancaster County School District’s old technology.
Someone had to run to each exterior door and manually click an electronic key fob.
Now, a whole-school lockdown takes only a split second. One-button systems are part of $1.7 million in safety-lock upgrades that will be completed throughout the district by next fall. They’re among the $199 million in construction and technology projects funded by last year’s bond vote.


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AJ and IL bands finish strong in championship competitions

By Hannah Strong

Indian Land and Andrew Jackson high schools both placed in the top 10 at Saturday’s 2017 state marching band championship at Spring Valley High in Columbia.
AJ placed sixth in the AA division, Indian Land seventh in AAA. Each school competed against 15 other bands in their class.
Andrew Jackson also received a superior rating.
AJ band director Marshall Woody said this year is the best the Volunteer regiment has ever had.


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Hodge and daughter traveled to Land of the Rising Sun last summer

Teacher soaks in Japanese culture

Ashley Lowrimore
For The Lancaster News

Indian Land High School teacher Matthew Hodge is no stranger to the Land of the Rising Sun.
As a Japanese teacher and a former four-year resident of Osaka and Kyoto, Hodge is fluent in the language and familiar with the culture.
Last year, he visited Japan with his wife and three daughters. This summer, Hodge had the opportunity to visit the country again with his 13-year-old daughter, Aestas.


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Bus-driver shortage causing long delays

By Hannah Strong

The Lancaster County School District is experiencing its worst bus-driver shortage in 25 years, and the resulting double routes are causing some students to arrive home 45 minutes later than normal.
Transportation Director Bryan Vaughn said he believes the problem stems from the split-shift schedule and the tough requirements for becoming a bus driver.
“I don’t think the general public understands what it takes to be a bus driver,” Vaughn said.

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Committee picks color scheme for new Panhandle elementary

By Hannah Strong

“Motherland” green, “Lasting Thoughts” blue and “Violet Crush” lavender are a few of the colors that will flow through the new elementary school in the Panhandle.
The Lancaster County school board voted unanimously on the colors during Tuesday night’s meeting after the palette was chosen by a committee of parents, a teacher, interior designer and the school district’s architect.


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AJ homecoming candidates double fundraising for KARE

By Hannah Strong

Andrew Jackson High’s homecoming queen nominees outdid themselves this year, raising $29,000 for Kershaw Area Community Resource Exchange (KARE).
During halftime at Friday’s football game, the eight nominees presented a check to KARE staff for more than double the amount raised in previous years. The nonprofit provides crisis assistance, food, home repairs, a retail discount store and partnerships with local agencies.


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3 brothers take lost cat on bus, arrange rescue

McDonald Green: The school of animals

By Hannah Strong

Students weren’t the only ones riding McDonald Green Elementary’s bus 38 to school Tuesday morning.


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Parking changes coming for both AJ schools

By Hannah Strong

The 186 parking spots in front of Andrew Jackson High are finding a new home because a multipurpose building is moving in.
The land along U.S. 521 is being cleared to make 432 new parking spots.
Lancaster County School District is using existing school property and 2.8 acres that was purchased for the new lot.
“They’re still doing land-clearing and starting on some grading soon,” said David Small, LCSD facilities director. “It’s on schedule.”


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