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Education

  • IL elementary school site plan unveiled

    The site plan for a new elementary school in Indian Land was presented to Lancaster County school board members during Tuesday night’s meeting.
    Architect Jimmy Wilhide of Moseley Architects explained details of the plan, which is the same as Harrisburg Elementary School with minor changes.
    Amid many of the district’s upcoming projects, construction for the elementary school will start at the beginning of 2017, public information director David Knight said. The district plans to open the school in fall 2018, Knight said, with a capacity of 970 students.

  • Column: Community of faculty, students convenes for USCL’s 58th year

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster will launch its 58th academic year Aug. 18, and our students and faculty are converging on campus this week excited about the intellectual journey ahead for all of us.
    Many Lancaster faculty members spent an interesting summer focused on scholarship, research and service on our campus, across our community and nation, even around the world.

  • Sneak peek at school

    Incoming freshman and sixth-grade orientations were held countywide Friday to give students a chance to walk through their schedules, learn to open their lockers and even how to show their spirit at pep rallies.
    Sixth grade
    At South Middle School, nearly 200 students wore their new red, white and navy school uniforms and learned their way around the spread-out buildings.
    South Middle Principal Joyce Crimminger’s goal for orientation was to see a smile on all the students’ faces at the end of the day.

  • Eight file for school board, city council

    Eight candidates, including two challengers, filed for Lancaster County school board and Lancaster City Council before filing closed Friday at noon.
    Three seats are open on both the school board and city council, with one contested race in each.
    School board
    Lorenzo Small will challenge incumbent Tyrom Faulkner for the District 2 seat.
    Small, who is running for the first time, said he looks forward to having an opportunity to provide new insight to the school board.

  • First day of school is in sight for Lancaster students

    School supplies are being purchased and floors are being waxed this week as summer comes to an end.
    The first day of school for most students is Monday – sixth and ninth graders have a half day Friday – and Lancaster County schools have their goals set for the year.
    Clinton Elementary School’s goal is to work with literacy and writing by embedding it into the curriculums for all classes, Principal Michelle Crosby said.

  • County schools celebrate Great Teaching

    Cheerful, rowdy teachers in matching outfits from all over Lancaster County kicked off the school year Tuesday morning during the annual Celebrate Great Teaching event.
    After a welcome from Superintendent Gene Moore, each school had the opportunity to show their school spirit.
    Erwin Elementary School won overall for their originality, costumes and 30 seconds of spirit. The Erwin staff was dressed as elves in red and green as they sang and threw fake snow in the air.

  • School district to pilot soft-skills training

    In a time where technology and social media tend to undermine face-to-face interactions, Lancaster County educators want to help students develop “soft skills” that haven’t traditionally been taught in the classroom.
    The Lancaster County School District will be the first district in the state to use the EmployABILITY Soft Skills program, which trains students in areas like communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills.

  • Little Free Library comes to town

    The Little Free Library initiative has made its way to Lancaster County with hopes to increase literacy. 

    In 2009, LFL was created by Todd Bol in Hudson, Wisc., in honor of his mother, a teacher. The initiative expanded and is now a nonprofit organization. 

    The free libraries look like birdhouses with a front door and books inside. They function as a book exchange, requiring individuals to replace a book with another. 

  • Watts to lead A.R. Rucker

    On Tuesday, the Lancaster County School District Board named Anita Watts as new principal of A.R. Rucker Middle School.
    Since last fall, Kathy Richardson served as interim principal after former principal Phillip Mickles took another position in the school district.
    After interviewing three candidates, superintendent Dr. Gene Moore recommended Watts for the job, which was unanimously approved (7-0) by the board, said school district spokesman David Knight.
    Watts has nearly 23 years of experience in education, including 13 years at A.R. Rucker Middle.

  • ‘I can’t even put this into words’

    Twenty-two adult-education students wearing different colored caps and gowns graduated Wednesday night at Lancaster High School.
    They represented 22 different ways to get to their destination.
    Holding up a cell phone during his speech, keynote speaker Rev. AnThony Pelham told the graduates, “Without an address, GPS is no good.”
    These adult graduates definitely had this destination dialed in, and it led them through life’s backroads and detours. For some, the journey took a few months. For others, a few years.