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Education

  • Documentary filmmaker visits LearnTV

    Catherine Clements Bauknight recalled the innocence of high school and the unknown that was ahead as she coached LearnTV students about filmmaking over the past two weeks.

    A photojournalist, filmmaker and writer, Bauknight worked with the students to produce three shows – a biography on Bauknight, stories on the history of Lancaster, and Catawba Nation history.

  • Crazy Critters

    A not-so-long-lasting silence fell across the room April 7 as Discovery School students waited to see which animals were in the covered cages.

    Students gasped at the legless lizard. They giggled when a cockatoo started swaying. And their eyes widened when a coati climbed up Conservation Educator Khoreen Vetter’s leg.

  • 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.

  • Farewell party surprises Dr. Moore

    A crowd of nearly 30 people surprised Dr. Gene Moore, soon-to-be retired Lancaster County School District superintendent, with a party Tuesday evening.
    District staff and community leaders met in USC Lancaster’s Arnold Special Events Room to tell Moore goodbye after nearly 12 years as LCSD superintendent.
    Moore, who announced his retirement in January, said he was told the party was for the new superintendent, Dr. Jonathan Phipps.

  • School construction projects on schedule

    Construction is under way or expected to start soon in several parts of the county as the Lancaster County School District adds new facilities and addresses growth in Indian Land.
    “Everything’s on schedule,” said LCSD Facilities Director David Small.
    Projects currently under way are multipurpose buildings at Lancaster High and Buford High. Construction began last month on artificial turf for football fields at Andrew Jackson, Buford and Lancaster High schools.
    “The turf will be completed by the time school starts,” Small said.

  • LHS, Kershaw Elementary get home-grown principals

    The school board this week selected two Lancaster County natives as the new principals for Lancaster High School and Kershaw Elementary.
    Rosalyn Mood, who has been serving as interim principal at LHS since longtime Principal Joe Keenan retired, was named principal of the county’s largest school.
    And Kelli Farmer, a Heath Springs native who has been working in Greenville County, will come back home to lead Kershaw Elementary.
    Both were approved by the school board at Tuesday night’s meeting.

  • Spots available at education-focused camp

     Looking for an affordable summer camp with an educational focus? Check out USC Lancaster’s Arts and Sciences Adventure Camp.
    The first session of the eight-day camp, sponsored by Nutramax Laboratories, Springs Memorial Hospital and USCL, was June 5-15. You can still sign up for the second summer session, which runs July 10-13 and 17-20.
    “All parents have to do is apply and put… that they have a need,” said camp director Dwayne Brown.

  • School board approves $102M budget

    Lancaster County school board unanimously approved a $102 million budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year after a public hearing Tuesday night.
    Expenditures for the upcoming fiscal year are $102,649,796 and revenues are $99,930,644.

  • Public hearing on $102M school budget

    Lancaster County School District will have a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the upcoming fiscal year’s $102 million budget before its approval.
    The meeting will be at the school district office, 300 S. Catawba Street, Lancaster.
    The board of trustees will vote on the budget at 6 p.m. after the public hearing. The monthly board meeting will follow at 7 p.m.
    LCSD Superintendent Gene Moore said the hearing is designed for the public to give input to the board before the budget is voted on.

  • 1892 artifact turns up in Moore’s office

    Gene Moore, who will retire next month as Lancaster County school superintendent, was packing up his office Thursday and came across a puzzling 125-year-old artifact.
    Underneath a box atop a cabinet, he found a school attendance ledger dated 1892.
    “I was cleaning stuff out and was like, ‘Whoa, what is that?’” Moore said Thursday.
    In his 12 years as superintendent, Moore has been known for keeping an orderly office, but he had never come across the ledger before.