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Education

  • Cocky’s book mission – improve literacy

    By Chloe Gould
    USC School of Journalism
    Rows of first-graders sat cross-legged in their elementary school’s library, chattering to kids in other classes in fits of nervous excitement.
    They pulled on the laces in their sneakers and were reminded, time and time again, to keep their bottoms on the ground.
    “If I see Cocky, I’m going to pee my pants,” said one student at W.B. Goodwin Elementary School in North Charleston.

  • Summer classes underway at USC

    University of South Carolina
    The University of South Carolina’s expansion to three full semesters is underway, with classes beginning this week.
    Officials say student response, particularly among juniors, has been strong to On Your Time: Summer at Carolina, a new program of summer courses offered over eight sessions that range from one to 12 weeks. Because of its flexible design, course registration for the later summer sessions is still open, allowing students to progress toward their degree and working toward the goal of graduating in four years.

  • School district prepares for 'fiscal cliff'

    With no real movement in Washington, D.C., toward avoiding the year-end “fiscal cliff,” Lancaster County School District officials are preparing for the possibility of losing a significant chunk of federal funding next year.
    The sequestration is a package of $109 billion in automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts set to go into effect Jan. 1 should Congress and the White House fail to reach a budget deal before then to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion.

  • Five roads still closed due to flood

    Five roads remained closed Thursday, Sept. 20, after more than 6 inches of rain fell on the eastern part of Lancaster County on Monday, Sept. 17.

    However, residents on two of the most damaged roads got some welcome news and much-needed relief Wednesday.

    Doster Road, which runs between Pageland Highway (S.C. 9) and Deerwood Road and is maintained by S.C. Department of Transportation, reopened to through-traffic Wednesday afternoon.

  • New DVD for parents at Lancaster County Library

    Parents eagerly anticipate the moment when their child first begins to  talk,  but for some parents it is a time of anxiety because their child struggles to get words out.
    As many as five percent of preschool children nationwide have repetitions and prolongations of sounds severe enough to be of concern to their parents.
    A new DVD in English and Spanish, Stuttering and Your Child: Help for Parents, helps parents detect stuttering and take action toward helping their child  and is available now at Lancaster County Library.

  • Schools prepare for new year

    The 2012-13 school year begins Aug. 20, and faculty and staff are preparing for their students’ return.

  • IL school property a done deal

    The project to build a new elementary school in Indian Land is set to move forward in earnest with major developments announced during the Lancaster County school board meeting Tuesday, July 31.

    In an update to board members, Lancaster County schools superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said the district had finalized the $1.1 million purchase of a 26.5-acre property on Harrisburg Road earlier in the day.

    More big news came when Moore offered board members a first look at the prototype floor plan district officials want to build on the site.

  • Lancaster County's buses are ready to roll

    In just a couple of weeks, more than 6,000 students will begin boarding school buses to ride to and from school; more than 70 buses will operate in Lancaster County School District to accomplish this task.

    When the school year ends, our buses will have traveled more than 1.25 million miles during the 2012-13 school year.

    School bus travel is statistically one of the safest modes of transportation on the road; this safety record directly results from the intense training our drivers receive and the safety design of our buses.

  • Meals help students succeed

    Every day of the school year, the people in our school cafeterias work hard to give our students meals that taste great and provide the nutrition and energy our students need to grow strong and succeed in school.

    We know that healthy, balanced meals make a big difference in how well students do in school and how healthy they are when they become adults.

    Here are things you should know about our lunch program:

    Our menus

  • Success starts with vision

    CHICAGO – As many kids are gearing up to begin a new school year, Prevent Blindness America wants to encourage parents to add “get my child’s eyes checked” to the their list of things to do. Having a child’s vision tested by an eyecare professional can help them towards greater success in the classroom since much of a child’s learning is done visually.  Some students who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities may simply have a vision problem.