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Education

  • School district leaders tour building sites, plan for future

    The Lancaster County School District’s superintendent, directors and board members attended planning meetings Friday and Saturday to address construction projects, community engagement and academic advancement.
    On Friday afternoon, the group rode a bus to each of the on-going construction projects throughout the county.

  • Step-by-step timeline for opening of Panhandle elementary school

    A detailed schedule for the opening of a new elementary school in the Panhandle has been set by the Lancaster County School District.
    The timeline allows the district to have everything in place for a “smooth opening” of the new school in fall 2018, said Superintendent Jonathan Phipps.
    “We’re very excited about getting the school open to help with the growth in the northern part of our county,” Phipps said.
    Construction began in the spring on the 36-acre site located on the west side of U.S. 521, just south of Rebound Road.

  • After 53 years in classroom, Mr. Davis still going strong

    At the start of his career, Lloyd Davis drew a circle on a map, showing everything within 200 miles of his hometown in Kentucky.
    It was 1964, and he was looking for his first teaching job. He found it 150 miles away in Virginia, making $4,600 a year.
    Last month at the Lancaster High School Career Center, he started his 54th year in the classroom.
    “I’m not ready to give it up,” said the 75-year-old drafting teacher. “I feel like I’ve got a few more good years in me.”

  • 5 Lancaster County students transfer to Governor’s School

    Five Lancaster County students started their junior year at the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) on Aug. 14.
    The students, part of GSSM’s class of 2019, will attend the public residential high school in Hartsville for their junior and senior years.
    Three students transferred to GSSM from Indian Land High – JuHwan Cho, Mackenzie Meadows and John Patrick Shaheen. Caroline Sizemore transferred from Lancaster High. Dejanay Williams transferred from Andrew Jackson High.

  • LHS student attends 4-H leadership conference

    Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    Jasmine Blair, a 16-year-old junior at Lancaster High School, attended the Pinckney 4-H Leadership Conference at Clemson University last month.
    It was a weeklong dose of fun and learning, from whitewater rafting to making shoes for Ugandans to cultivating leadership skills.

  • Dance instruction for special-needs kids

    Ashley Lowrimore 

    For The Lancaster News

    Encore Dance is now enrolling students for Dancing Without Limits, a new program designed to empower special-needs children through dance expression and movement.

    The hour-long classes begin next week and will take place weekly at Encore's Fort Mill studios on Tuesdays and at the Lancaster studios on Wednesdays.

  • Column: 2nd graders turn tables on reporter

    I park in the fire lane and pull out my equipment at Indian Land Elementary.

    There’s no rush for this story, but I’m always in a rush. It’s just my nature. I like to work quickly, but accurately.

    I walk into an elementary school – the kind of school I frequent to film my Facebook videos.

    Hauling in my posse – tripod, camera, microphone and notes – I check in at the front and get directions to the classroom.

    Second grade. The what-will-they-say-next age.

  • Bats creeping out kids, staff at Great Falls school

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    Chester County school officials are working to eliminate a problem with bats in the cafeteria and classroom areas at Great Falls Elementary School.
    School district Chief Operations Officer Jeff Gardner talked about the efforts at a recent meeting of the Facility Advisory Committee. The bats were a problem last school year, and the district tried to deal with the creepy creatures this summer.

  • ‘Astounding’ electronic art

    Art created electronically on tablets was unveiled Wednesday at a public reception for the artists and community members at the Springs House in Lancaster.
    The artists, pre-k students from Southside Early Childhood Center and adult clients from the Chester/Lancaster Disabilities and Special Needs center, created digital pieces using tablets and their own imaginations.

  • Mickles resigns teaching job

    Phillip Mickles has resigned from his teaching position at Barr Street Learning Center.
    The resignation became official after a vote during Tuesday night’s Lancaster County school board meeting.
    Mickles was placed on administrative leave in April after an allegation of improper discipline of a student. The Lancaster Police Department investigated the incident and did not charge Mickles with a crime, but he was not reinstated to his job at that time.