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Education

  • 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. 

  • Nihon University student teaching Japan’s culture at Discovery School

    “Konnichiwa, arigato, sayonara…,” a room full of  Discovery School second graders sing Wednesday morning.
    A new face leads the song.

  • 'Love Languages'

    With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Buford Elementary School students are exploring how they express love and connect with others through “love languages.”
    They studied the five love languages – words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time and physical touch.
    For 9-year-old Anthony Sanchez, it’s quality time, especially with his mother.

  • Schools plan to hire next superintendent by mid-April

    Lancaster County School District officials have laid out the process and timeline for hiring the next school superintendent, and they hope to pick the new person by mid-April.
    Dr. Gene Moore announced last month that he will retire July 31.
    “We need someone to come in and take it by the reins,” said board Chairman Bobby Parker. “Our school district is going to attract a number of applicants. We are looking at a good future.”

  • Kids quiz him: ‘Are you the mayor?’

    Superintendent Gene Moore hopped on a school bus Monday afternoon outside Indian Land Elementary, joining students as they wound up another day.
    It’s a routine he has enjoyed over the years, two or three times a semester, and he doesn’t have many more rides left before he retires in July.
    The students seldom know who he is at first.
    “Are you the mayor,” one asked him Monday, standing in line before boarding.
    “No,” he said, laughing.

  • Schools’ 2017 agenda just got a lot busier

    Lancaster County schools are in for a busy year, with several major construction projects starting and the surprise retirement of Superintendent Gene Moore, who will leave July 31.
    Dr. Moore announced his retirement Tuesday. The school board hopes to have his successor hired by July 1, the start of the new academic year, said David Knight, the district’s public information director.
    Moore, who has led the school district for 11 years, is the county’s fifth and longest-serving appointed superintendent.

  • Incident causes 2 lockdowns at schools

    A domestic disturbance near two Lancaster schools Tuesday morning resulted in brief campus lockdowns after a suspect fled toward school grounds carrying a gun.
    Dillon Dean Dix, 22, was arrested between Brooklyn Springs Elementary and South Middle School around 9 a.m. following a nearly six-hour  dispute with an ex-girlfriend, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.
    The sheriff’s office notified both schools after Dix ran out of a home on Fleetwood Drive and headed toward the schools.

  • Stroble only candidate as District 1 filing ends

    Filing ended Tuesday for the Lancaster County school board District 1 seat, and with just one candidate filing, the district might be able to avoid a special election and save the $6,000 it would cost.
    Melvin Stroble, who ran for the seat and lost in 2014, filed last Wednesday.
    The decision about a special election will come at noon Jan. 17, after the 14-day period during which write-in candidates can still file, said Mary Ann Hudson, director of the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Elections Office.

  • Dr. Moore retiring as superintendent

    Dr. Gene Moore, superintendent of the Lancaster County School District for the past 11 years, announced his retirement Tuesday, effective July 31.

    Moore, 63, said he is ready for a break and more "grandparent time" after 23 years as superintendent in three different counties.

    “I’ve been doing it for a long time, and I appreciate what I’ve had here in Lancaster County,” Moore said. “The world of education is all about relationships. I will really miss the people.”

  • ILMS construction wraps up

    Construction at Indian Land Middle School is in the final stages, with only lockers and desks left to install and punch-list items to check off.
    Since January, contractors have been working to expand the cafeteria to now seat 400 students and to build two administrative offices and 16 additional classrooms.
    David Small, Lancaster County School District facilities director, said crews should have all construction completed by the end of the holiday break so the new facilities will be ready to use when students and staff return at the start of the year.