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School bond aims to address overcrowding

By Chris Sardelli

Will mobile classrooms packed full of students soon become the norm at some of Lancaster County’s most crowded schools?
It’s a possibility that scares many local school district officials and residents, and is driving the effort to pass a $199 million school bond referendum during a special election next Tuesday, March 22.


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‘I’d do anything for my students, make a fool of myself if I have to’

Teacher’s Adele parody raises cash for her class

Kali Cassidy
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Vote set for March 22

School board approves bond referendum resolution

By Reece Murphy

Lancaster County school board members voted unanimously Dec. 15 to approve a resolution calling for a referendum on a $199 million bond issue for capital projects at county schools.
Lancaster County voters will decide the fate of the proposed bond issue March 22.
The school board’s vote is the latest in an effort that began in late September to address a growing need for new schools in Indian Land and capital needs at other county schools.


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ILHS athlete airlifted to CMC

By Chris Sardelli

A 14-year-old Indian Land High School varsity baseball player is recovering in a Charlotte hospital after he was struck in the head by a ball and lost consciousness during an evening practice Dec. 9.
The student, whose name is not being released by school officials, was running the bases at the school about 5 p.m. Wednesday when he was hit, said Lancaster County School District safety director Bryan Vaughn.


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Board still must approve bond vote before it goes on ballot

School building projects to total $199M

After reviewing a plethora of school needs across Lancaster County, school district officials settled this week on $199 million as the amount of a proposed capital projects bond.
The largest items on the bond list are two new schools in Indian Land – a high school and an elementary – though the list also includes numerous projects for schools throughout the county.
Details about the projects, and a final bond amount to eventually present to voters, were revealed during a special Lancaster County school board meeting Dec. 8.


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Bridges put her heart into teaching kids how to read

By Julie Graham

INDIAN LAND – Family and friends remember Patty Bridges as a loving matriarch, thoughtful friend, engaged church member and longtime Indian Land Elementary School teacher who put her heart into teaching children how to read.
Bridges retired in May after 20 years of classroom teaching, celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary with her husband, Ross, on Sept. 6, and was making plans to move to the North Carolina coast near family. As a “Gram,” she took great joy in her grandchildren, Boyd, 8, and Emeson, 6.


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Cafeteria workers honored at school board meeting

Serving up safety

By Chris Sardelli

When most people think about earning a perfect score, their minds immediately turn to student report cards or SAT results, but what about when it involves a school’s food handling procedures?
For cafeteria workers at 17 schools throughout the Lancaster County School District, a perfect score is exactly what they earned during a recent series of cafeteria and kitchen inspections by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).


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SAT scores rise for county students

By Chris Sardelli

A statewide report shows Lancaster County students fared better on the 2015 SAT, with mean scores for local high school seniors rising by several points compared to last year.
According to S.C. Department of Education data released last month, Lancaster County School District seniors saw a 15-point increase in their 2015 SAT mean scores.
Lydia Quinn, executive director of planning and accountability for the Lancaster County School District, said the mean 1363 score was for the 415 of the 2015 district seniors who took the SAT.


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Discovery School partners celebrate with Habitat

City proclaims Lancaster Habitat Day

By Nita Brown

Students at Discovery School and members of the Habitat board of directors braved the rain on Monday, Oct. 5, to celebrate World Habitat Day and Lancaster Habitat Day. Student artists painted the school rock with their own original design to recognize Habitat and Chucky Rivers, lead teacher, taught the students about Habitat and World Habitat Day.


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School board hears update on ILMS expansion

By Chris Sardelli

With several large, color diagrams in hand, Jimmy Wilhide presented school district officials with an update on a crucial expansion to Indian Land Middle School on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Wilhide, with Charlotte-based architectural design firm Moseley Architects, discussed the planned expansion and renovation project during Lancaster County school board’s latest meeting.
Flipping through multiple slides, Wilhide showed school board members several architectural drawings demonstrating the various additions and expansions planned for the school.


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