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Education

  • 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. 

  • AJ student wins 1st place at national welding contest

    An Andrew Jackson High student beat out 270 competitors to take first place at a national welding competition last weekend in Jacksonville, Fla.
    Matt Mungo, 17, won a $20,000 full-ride scholarship to Tulsa Welding School (TWS), which sponsored the contest.
    “I went down there thinking I wouldn’t do too good,” said Mungo, who also received a Lincoln Electric welding machine and welding supplies. “I did my best, and then I won.”

  • Threatening note at BHS; student to be disciplined

    Buford High School student left a note Friday threatening to “shoot up the school tomorrow” and was identified later in the day, according to a Lancaster County School District press release.
    “From the beginning, the threat did not seem credible, since tomorrow would be Saturday and no one would be there,” said schools safety director Bryan Vaughn.

  • 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.