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Education

  • State Education Superintendent visits Rotary

     Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    South Carolina Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mick Zais joined Lancaster Rotary Club members Thursday, April 10 where he lambasted the state’s “one-size-fits-all, factory line” public school system and lauded what he said was the solution, school choice.

  • Moore honored at Boy Scout banquet

     Denyse Clark

    dclark@thelancasternews.com

    The Palmetto Council of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Lancaster held its Golden Eagle Dinner on Tuesday, April 1, at the University of South Carolina Lancaster Bradley Arts & Sciences Building.

    The purpose for the annual event was twofold: to raise funds for scouts to attend camps and to honor a distinguished member of the community with a top-level service award in scouting.

  • Four educators chosen for local Education Hall of Fame

     Lancaster County School District

    One was a gifted band director whose bands and orchestras were known for excellence across the state and region.

    One was a principal whose work as a science teacher, guidance counselor and principal was characterized by his fairness and by his love for his students.  

  • Sims Foundation awards grants

    J. Marion Sims Foundation

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation, Inc. has made awards totaling $827,374 to 23 different community organizations in its Responsive and Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Grants programs.  

    The foundation awarded the following 16 grants in its Responsive Grants Program:

    u CareNet – $70,000 for its CareHealth Centers

  • ‘Teen Day in LA’ mixes fun with underage drinking, texting issues

    A special day of family fun and firm discussions of underage drinking is planned for Lancaster’s teen population by city leaders, educators and law enforcement. 

    “Teen Day in LA” is 4 to 9 p.m. April 5 at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Center, 509 Hubbard Drive. 

  • USCL to close physical therapy clinic

    University of South Carolina Lancaster has announced it will close its Dr. W.L. McDow Physical Therapy Clinic next month though work to save the university’s other health services programs is ongoing.

    USCL’s physical therapy clinic, in operation since 2002, is one of three remaining health services programs at USCL, along with the university’s cardiopulmonary and cancer rehabilitation clinics.

  • Teacher suspended for misconduct

    Lancaster County School District officials placed a Buford Middle School teacher on administrative leave Thursday, Feb. 20, pending an investigation of allegations she had improper communications with students.

    Bryan Vaughn, district safety director, confirmed independent reports of the disciplinary matter to The Lancaster News on Friday, Feb. 21.

    However, Vaughn said he could neither discuss details of the case, nor confirm the teacher’s identity, due to the district’s personnel policy.

  • Board OKs choices for new school

    In an age of zero tolerance school weapons policies, is it appropriate for an elementary school to have a mascot that is itself a weapon?
    This was the basic question at the center of a Lancaster County school board discussion at their Tuesday, Dec. 10, meeting over the appropriateness of the proposed Tomahawk mascot for Indian Land’s new elementary school.
    The discussion came during consideration to affirm the name, school colors and mascot for the Harrisburg Road school chosen by a naming committee as part of a process that began in September.

  • McMurray to retire from coaching

    The hall of fame coaching career of Bennie “Coach Mac” McMurray is now in the books. McMurray, a 38-year coaching veteran who coached at four different schools, including his final stop at Lancaster High School, is retiring from coaching.

  • School board dislikes proposal

     Lancaster County school board members, expressed nearly unanimous displeasure for a County Council proposal that would reduce potential school district revenue from “Project Vino” in favor of funding future economic development projects.

    The reaction came during the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday evening, Oct. 15, where district officials touted increased student participation in AP courses and issued a report on the district’s move toward Common Core Standards.