• School board names 3 superintendent finalists

    The Lancaster County school board has identified three finalists for the next superintendent – Dr. Jonathan Phipps, Dr. Carlotta Redish and Dr. Matrell Sturkey.

    The three finalists all work in S.C. school districts – Phipps in Abbeville, Redish in Spartanburg and Sturkey in Florence. One has worked in Lancaster County before. Phipps, the only finalist who is currently a superintendent, was here for 19 years before leaving in 2014.

  • Buford 4th graders getting into sharks

    The smell of sea life stunned visitors walking into Buford Elementary School on Tuesday.

    Fourth graders lined up in the hall outside a science lab wearing aprons and rubber gloves.

    It was time to dissect sharks.

    Some students plugged their noses to avoid the smell. Other wide-eyed students looked at the 2-foot-long dogfish sharks lined up on the counter.

  • 60 outstanding students receive principals’ awards

    Clinton Elementary fourth-grader Yo’Zarius Stewart proved to a big crowd Thursday night exactly why he was one of 60 students to receive a Principals’ Choice award.
    Yo’Zarius, 10, was nonverbal and shy at the start of the school year. Thursday night he stood on stage proudly and read a book to the crowd of nearly 400 in USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.

  • Phillip Mickles placed on leave after discipline incident at school

    Phillip Mickles, a teacher at Barr Street Learning Center, was placed on administrative leave Tuesday after an allegation that he improperly disciplined a student at the school.
    According to a Lancaster Police Department report, Mickles and a student got into a “physical disturbance” Tuesday morning. Mickles advised the student to stop “leaning back in his chair,” which the student continued to do, the report said.

  • ‘Potential finalists’ spend 6 hours with school board

    During a nearly six-hour meeting Wednesday, mainly spent in executive session, the Lancaster County school board interviewed three “potential finalists” for the next superintendent.
    The board met with the three candidates, who were chosen from the nearly 20 applicants, Wednesday afternoon and into the evening.
    “We had some good interviews,” said Bobby Parker, chairman of the board. “I think we are well on our way to our final three.”

  • Where there’s smoke, there’s ice cream!

    Ask a second grader to complete a familiar English phrase, and you might get the “right” answer, or you might hear something really fun.

    At Indian Land Elementary recently, one 8-year-old in Lindsey Scheppegrell’s class knew, for example, that jealousy is the green-eyed… “monster.”

    This is the age when kids have heard or read enough that some common phrases can start registering in their brains. 

  • Educator Noblitt dies at 80

    Martha “Mot” Noblitt, who spent more than three decades as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Lancaster County School District, died Thursday. She was 80.
    Noblitt was born and raised in Shelby, N.C., She began her career at Lancaster High School in the mid-’60s as a physical education and science teacher and coached girl’s basketball. She became an LHS assistant principal and later principal of McDonald Green Elementary.

  • 1 teacher charged, another resigns after cases of improper discipline

    Two Lancaster County School District teachers were placed on administrative leave, with one resigning, after separate incidents of improper discipline.
    Bruce James Snipes, 32, was suspended with pay from Brooklyn Springs Elementary after he was accused of pushing a 10-year-old male student to the ground March 8.

  • Schools will start early because of lunar eclipse

    The Lancaster County school board approved the 2017-18 academic calendar Tuesday, with an earlier start date due to the total solar eclipse law.
    The first day of school is Thursday, Aug. 17.
    State law normally requires districts to begin after the third Monday of August. Passed Feb. 28, the eclipse law is allowing an early start for the 2017-18 academic year. The purpose is to begin instruction earlier and provide an educational opportunity for students during a solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

  • A.R. Rucker academic challenge team wins state championship

    The last answer that won the 2017 state championship for A.R. Rucker Middle School’s academic challenge team was “herbivores.”
    Rucker’s team was named the Division II state champion for middle schools Thursday after a 32-22 victory over Lexington County’s Pine Ridge Middle School.
    The championship is the first for A.R. Rucker’s academic challenge team.
    Bringing in 17 points – the most points out of the five team members who competed – was eighth-grader Louie Prete.