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Lancaster County School District earns ‘B’

State releases test scores

By Reece Murphy

Despite mixed results among county schools under the state’s new letter grade method of representing progress toward federal Secondary Education Act (ESEA) scores, the Lancaster County School District, as a whole, continued to perform above both federal and state expectations.

The data was released by the state Department of Education Thursday, Aug. 1. 


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School officials assure parents in wake of Newtown incident

Connecticut school shooting aftermath; keeping our children safe

By Reece Murphy

It’s been five days now since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., left 20 children and six educators dead, news that struck the nation like a slap in the face.

Until Friday, Dec. 14, many Americans had become numb to news of mass shootings; shock and sadness, at first, quickly pushed to the back of the nation’s collective mind in a fatigued response to an all-too common crime.

But this was different, a crime of unimaginable evil in a place assumed to be among the last truly safe institutions in society.


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Students show progress on standardized tests

PASS, HSAP scores increase

By Reece Murphy

The percentage of Lancaster County students meeting state standards increased in most subject areas last year, according to Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) and High School Assessment Program (HSAP) data released last week.

PASS results

Now in its fourth year, the end of year PASS test is administered to third- through eighth-graders.


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Election for three school board seats set for November

By Reece Murphy

Editor’s note: A front-page headline in the Wednesday, July 18, issue indicated there would be no school board elections this fall. It should have said there will be no special school board elections this fall, as there will be three school board seats on the ballot in November.

 


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Attorney general says board members can keep seats until 2014, despite redistricting

No school board elections this fall

By Reece Murphy

Lancaster County Council’s redistricting changes may not immediately affect the makeup of the Lancaster County school board as expected.

Lancaster County Council’s once-a-decade redistricting plan was completed and approved by the U.S. Department of Justice in February.


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School board also revises medication, first-aid policies

School lunch prices to increase

By Reece Murphy

Parents can expect to pay more for their children’s school lunches next year after the Lancaster County school board approved an increase in prices.

The approval came during the board’s meeting June 26, a meeting in which board members also approved first reading of policy revisions regarding student medication and first aid.

In a vote prompted by U.S. Department of Agriculture policy changes, the school board unanimously approved a 5-cent increase in elementary school lunches and a 10-cent increase for middle and high school lunches.


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Dutton named Buford High School principal

Tax increase to fund school district’s capital budget

By Reece Murphy

Lancaster County school board members unanimously approved the district’s 2012-13 budget Tuesday, June 26, which totals $91.1 million.

The debt services budget includes a 3.5 mill tax increase for county property owners, while the general fund budget’s millage remains the same.

Also during the meeting, school board members named Andrew Jackson Middle School Principal Butch Dutton to replace Jonathan Phipps as principal at Buford High School.

Tax increase


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School district optimistic about upcoming budget

By Reece Murphy

While still in the works, Lancaster County School District officials say the forecast for this year’s budget is looking good.

Tony Walker, the district’s finance director, said at the school board’s March 27 meeting the district is in good financial shape as the fiscal year draws to a close. Walker said both general fund spending and revenue are in line, or better, than expected.

Last year’s general fund budget for day-to-day operations totaled $70.8 million.


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