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District’s 5-year evaluation ranks Lancaster in top 15%

Accrediting team gives schools big check mark

By Hannah Strong

The Lancaster County School District received its five-year accreditation assessment this week and received a glowing review, ranking it in the top 15 percent of school systems in the country.
LCSD received an overall score of 302 from nonprofit accrediting agency AdvancED – 7.6 percent higher than the average score among all school systems assessed.
“It’s great when people recognize good things,” said Lydia Quinn, LCSD executive director of planning and accountability.


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School board names 3 superintendent finalists

School board names 3 superintendent finalists

By Hannah Strong

The Lancaster County school board has identified three finalists for the next superintendent – Dr. Jonathan Phipps, Dr. Carlotta Redish and Dr. Matrell Sturkey.


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Buford 4th graders getting into sharks

By Hannah Strong

The smell of sea life stunned visitors walking into Buford Elementary School on Tuesday.


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60 outstanding students receive principals’ awards

By Hannah Strong

Clinton Elementary fourth-grader Yo’Zarius Stewart proved to a big crowd Thursday night exactly why he was one of 60 students to receive a Principals’ Choice award.
Yo’Zarius, 10, was nonverbal and shy at the start of the school year. Thursday night he stood on stage proudly and read a book to the crowd of nearly 400 in USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.


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Phillip Mickles placed on leave after discipline incident at school

By Hannah Strong

Phillip Mickles, a teacher at Barr Street Learning Center, was placed on administrative leave Tuesday after an allegation that he improperly disciplined a student at the school.
According to a Lancaster Police Department report, Mickles and a student got into a “physical disturbance” Tuesday morning. Mickles advised the student to stop “leaning back in his chair,” which the student continued to do, the report said.


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‘Potential finalists’ spend 6 hours with school board

By Hannah Strong

During a nearly six-hour meeting Wednesday, mainly spent in executive session, the Lancaster County school board interviewed three “potential finalists” for the next superintendent.
The board met with the three candidates, who were chosen from the nearly 20 applicants, Wednesday afternoon and into the evening.
“We had some good interviews,” said Bobby Parker, chairman of the board. “I think we are well on our way to our final three.”


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Common English Phrases as told by IL 2nd graders

Where there’s smoke, there’s ice cream!

By Hannah Strong

Ask a second grader to complete a familiar English phrase, and you might get the “right” answer, or you might hear something really fun.


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Educator Noblitt dies at 80

By Hannah Strong

Martha “Mot” Noblitt, who spent more than three decades as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Lancaster County School District, died Thursday. She was 80.
Noblitt was born and raised in Shelby, N.C., She began her career at Lancaster High School in the mid-’60s as a physical education and science teacher and coached girl’s basketball. She became an LHS assistant principal and later principal of McDonald Green Elementary.


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1 teacher charged, another resigns after cases of improper discipline

By Hannah Strong

Two Lancaster County School District teachers were placed on administrative leave, with one resigning, after separate incidents of improper discipline.
Bruce James Snipes, 32, was suspended with pay from Brooklyn Springs Elementary after he was accused of pushing a 10-year-old male student to the ground March 8.


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Schools will start early because of lunar eclipse

By Hannah Strong

The Lancaster County school board approved the 2017-18 academic calendar Tuesday, with an earlier start date due to the total solar eclipse law.
The first day of school is Thursday, Aug. 17.
State law normally requires districts to begin after the third Monday of August. Passed Feb. 28, the eclipse law is allowing an early start for the 2017-18 academic year. The purpose is to begin instruction earlier and provide an educational opportunity for students during a solar eclipse on Aug. 21.


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