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Education

  • I-Succeed program seeking community mentors

    Indian Land High School junior Shawn Miller was promoted from ninth grade to 11th grade this year, and he credits the school’s I-Succeed program for that success.
    Miller said when he started the program, led by Assistant Principal Brenda Ishmael, he was a struggling second-year freshman.
    “I was kind of feeling down, but Mrs. Ishmael checked in with me every week and helped me to stay motivated…. Because of the program’s help, I was promoted from being a freshmen to a junior.”

  • 4 ILHS students attend Governor’s School

    Four Indian Land High School students are all moved in and ready to begin their last two years of high school at the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics.
    Rising juniors Grayson Bockman, Revery Johnson, Finnegan Mulvaney and Alexander Schaffer will attend the public, residential high school, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, math and research. Founded in 1988, the school houses 288 students on its campus in Hartsville.

  • Graduates receive Teacher Cadet, Forum scholarships

    The Ken Bower Teacher Cadet Scholarship and the Lancaster County School District Teacher Forum Scholarship were recently awarded, with one student winning both. 

    Catherine Anne Langley, a graduate of Buford High School, and Sara Vess, a graduate of Indian Land High School, were among five in the state awarded the one-time $1,000 Ken Bower Teacher Cadet Scholarship.

  • Lancaster's art scene grows 'a little'

    Elementary art teachers Melissa Caughman and Lisa Stamper decided in January as they were walking down Lancaster’s Main Street to bring more art to town. 

    While brainstorming ideas, they named their new studio “a little art studio” with the intention to have their own storefront one day. Since January, Caughman and Stamper have been raising money through workshops and selling artwork to put toward a lease in downtown Lancaster. They’re halfway there. 

  • Buford 3rd grade teacher spends summer learning sign language

    To bridge the gap between the hearing and deaf communities, Buford Elementary School third-grade teacher Mary Anna Wilkes is spending her summer learning American Sign Language.

    Wilkes’ interest in learning sign language started at her previous job with the Head Start program at Southside Elementary School 10 years ago, where she had the opportunity to work with young children who had hearing impairments. 

  • 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.

  • 130 attend student-safety forum in Indian Land

    Lancaster County School District officials hosted the first of several After-School Student Safety Forums on Tuesday at Indian Land Middle School, drawing a crowd of nearly 130 parents and students.
    Panelists addressed the dangers of playing the “choking game,” vehicle and bus safety, social media, drugs, gun safety and bullying.

  • Annette Melton: No more field days in heels

    It’s time for Dr. Annette Melton’s next challenge.
    The Kershaw Elementary School principal will no longer be climbing ropes on field day in high heels. She is retiring after 34 years with the Lancaster County School District and seven years as KES principal. She will become state director for AdvancED, a educational nonprofit headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., and Alpharetta, Ga.
    Her last day was March 10.

  • Joe Keenan: ‘You know when it’s time to go’

    Joe Keenan was so excited when he became principal of Lancaster High School in July 1996, he forgot to pick up his wife, Debbie, from the hospital after surgery.
    His new job was just that enthralling.
    Now, 21 years later, Dr. Keenan has decided to retire.
    “People tell you ‘you know when it’s time to go,’ and it’s time,” he said.
    Keenan, 56, said some of his best memories are the school winning Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for student achievement, and the Lady Bruins’ 2015 state basketball championship.

  • School board signs $20M contract for IL elementary

    The Lancaster County school board has approved a contract for the construction of a third elementary school to serve Indian Land students.
    The $20,673,545 construction contract with Edcon Inc. was signed Tuesday morning, March 14.
    Edcon will build a 1,170-student facility on U.S. 521 just south of Rebound Road.
    Edcon’s bid will allow the district to build the school for 200 more students than the minimum 970 students the base bid required, according to Lancaster County School District Superintendent Gene Moore.