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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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A.R. Rucker academic challenge team wins state championship

By Hannah Strong

The last answer that won the 2017 state championship for A.R. Rucker Middle School’s academic challenge team was “herbivores.”
Rucker’s team was named the Division II state champion for middle schools Thursday after a 32-22 victory over Lexington County’s Pine Ridge Middle School.
The championship is the first for A.R. Rucker’s academic challenge team.
Bringing in 17 points – the most points out of the five team members who competed – was eighth-grader Louie Prete.


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Board looks at surveys on what people want in next district leader

Wanted: The ideal superintendent

By Hannah Strong

The new superintendent search is on track, with Lancaster County school board members recently receiving feedback from the community on the ideal candidate.

Nearly 1,000 surveys were completed asking the community, including Lancaster County School District staff, what skills and experience they desire in the next superintendent.

Board Chairman Bobby Parker said it’s important the board knows what type of superintendent the community prefers.


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130 attend student-safety forum in Indian Land

By Hannah Strong

Lancaster County School District officials hosted the first of several After-School Student Safety Forums on Tuesday at Indian Land Middle School, drawing a crowd of nearly 130 parents and students.
Panelists addressed the dangers of playing the “choking game,” vehicle and bus safety, social media, drugs, gun safety and bullying.


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Annette Melton: No more field days in heels

By Hannah Strong

It’s time for Dr. Annette Melton’s next challenge.
The Kershaw Elementary School principal will no longer be climbing ropes on field day in high heels. She is retiring after 34 years with the Lancaster County School District and seven years as KES principal. She will become state director for AdvancED, a educational nonprofit headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., and Alpharetta, Ga.
Her last day was March 10.


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Joe Keenan: ‘You know when it’s time to go’

By Hannah Strong

Joe Keenan was so excited when he became principal of Lancaster High School in July 1996, he forgot to pick up his wife, Debbie, from the hospital after surgery.
His new job was just that enthralling.
Now, 21 years later, Dr. Keenan has decided to retire.
“People tell you ‘you know when it’s time to go,’ and it’s time,” he said.
Keenan, 56, said some of his best memories are the school winning Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for student achievement, and the Lady Bruins’ 2015 state basketball championship.


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School board signs $20M contract for IL elementary

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The Lancaster County school board has approved a contract for the construction of a third elementary school to serve Indian Land students.
The $20,673,545 construction contract with Edcon Inc. was signed Tuesday morning, March 14.
Edcon will build a 1,170-student facility on U.S. 521 just south of Rebound Road.
Edcon’s bid will allow the district to build the school for 200 more students than the minimum 970 students the base bid required, according to Lancaster County School District Superintendent Gene Moore.


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'Bookwork doesn't really interest me anymore'

Who gets senioritis? Everyone!

By Hannah Strong

They’re ready for it to be over – the homework, the stress, the early mornings.


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Schools hosting meetings about after-school safety

By Hannah Strong

The Lancaster County School District will host an After School Student Safety Forum next week at Indian Land Middle School to discuss topics like bus, internet and latchkey child safety.
The forum will be 7-8:30 p.m. March 14 in the ILMS gymnasium, and there will be a panel discussion.
LCSD safety director Bryan Vaughn said the Student Safety Task Force Committee was created following the deaths of three students in the district in the past year. He said the committee decided it was necessary to offer safety forums to parents and guardians of students in the county.


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