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Education

  • Exactly what schools get for $199M

    Eleven new playgrounds, 7,350 Chromebooks, at least 1,432 doors, and 12 parking lot and pick-up areas.
    That’s some of what the Lancaster County School District’s $199 million bond referendum is funding.
    And then there are the bigger projects – two new schools, three multipurpose buildings and three new artificial-turf athletic fields.
    About $121 million of the bond money will go to Indian Land, about $34 million to Lancaster, $33 million to Kershaw and $14 million to Buford.

  • Proposed Panhandle school attendance zones

    Building a new school in the Panhandle calls for attendance zones to be redrawn.

    That means some Harrisburg Elementary students will be moved to Indian Land Elementary and some ILE students will be going to the new Panhandle elementary to the south.

    Three proposed attendance lines for the Panhandle were presented to the school board Tuesday evening.

    Dr. Jonathan Phipps, Lancaster County School District superintendent, said switching students and teachers to different schools is a routine consequence of growth, but it’s sometimes difficult.

  • New card lets senior citizens attend sports events for free

    If you’re 65 or older and enjoy Lancaster County sports, you’re in luck.

    Lancaster County School District is now offering a sporting event pass called a Gold Card that will allow all senior citizens to attend school athletic events for free.

    “We’re excited to begin this program this year,” said LCSD Superintendent Jonathan Phipps. “We believe it’s a great way to thank our seniors for all they do for our students and a great tool for increasing senior citizen support for our schools.”

  • Senate bill would give schools more freedom to set calendars

    Lancaster County School District officials believe it’s important to finish the first semester of school before winter break.
    That’s why they are hoping state legislators will pass a Senate bill that would allow each district to set its own start dates, without the present requirement to wait until at least the third Monday in August.
    LCSD is in the process of building its 2018-19 academic calendar, which will be voted on by the school board during its February meeting.

  • CCA collects 2,100 cans of food for HOPE

    From release

    Carolina Christian Academy students collected more than 2,100 cans of food for HOPE of Lancaster in the school’s 20th-annual food drive.
    The homerooms at Carolina Christian competed against each other to see which one could bring the most cans per student for HOPE.
    This year, the sixth-grade homeroom came in third, with a total of 346 cans. Third grade came in second with 354 cans. The No. 1 class was fifth grade with a total of 363 cans.
    The winning class is awarded a free party by the school.

  • Education Notes: Jan. 14, 2018

    County schools closed for MLK Day
    All Lancaster County schools will be closed Jan. 15 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but will re-open on Jan. 16.

    Local student makes Coker dean’s list
    Kimberly Ghent of Lancaster has been named to Coker College’s fall 2017 dean’s list. To qualify, students must earn at least a 3.75 grade-point average and complete at least 12 semester hours.

    Conservation district offers scholarship

  • Time for public input on new school’s name

    An online survey to get community input on naming the new Panhandle elementary school and picking its mascot and colors will go live Monday.

    Survey participants have through Jan. 17 to fill out the 11-question survey. After that, the Lancaster County School District will select a committee to discuss the results.

  • School district and Kershaw to share site near bandstand

    The Lancaster County School District and the town of Kershaw have agreed to share property on North Matson Street for a car loop and parking spots, and the town says it will be a win-win.
    The town announced plans to build a bandstand on the property beside Kershaw Elementary School in July. That construction will be complete by the end of January.
    The elementary school will soon be in the process of moving its entrance from North Rollins Drive to North Matson Street and is in need of a car loop to keep cars from backing up on the street.

  • LHS senior is district’s 1st registered apprentice

    A Lancaster High student has recently become the Lancaster County School District’s first registered apprentice.

    RanQuon Shropshire, 18, will be working at the school district’s bus shop on Kershaw Camden Highway starting in January.

    “I’m most excited about being able to get hands-on experience,” Shropshire said. “I hope to accomplish getting a lot of the buses running so they can use them.”

    Shropshire said he enjoys working on engines. 

  • ILHS gets renewed $10K grant

    Indian Land High School has received a $10,000 grant for its automotive technology program for the third year in a row.
    The Real Tools for Schools grant from Ingersoll Rand has been given to the school each year since 2015 in an effort to improve the automotive vocational classes. The grant can be used to update equipment, to purchase supplies or for instructor training and curriculum.