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Education

  • 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.

  • York Tech offers dual enrollment program

    Lancaster County school board members voted this month to approve a dual enrollment program with York Technical College, and are aiming to begin classes at the start of the 2016-17 academic year at the Indian Land campus.
    York Tech’s associate dean for arts and sciences John McGill and associate dean for business and information technology James Thomas presented program details to the board this month.

  • Clinton gets $164K grant to expand kindergarten

    The Lancaster County School District has received a $164,000 grant from the S.C. Education Oversight Committee that will strengthen the 4-year-old kindergarten program at Clinton Elementary and start a Baby College to help even younger kids and their parents.
    Lancaster is one of 15 school districts in the state to get awards from the S.C. Community Block Grant for Education Pilot Program. The money will fund six initiatives across the state designed to improve or expand 4K programs.

  • Businesslike at Buford

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    The Dec. 2 sit-down with Cali Bell looked like any other business lunch on Maj. Matt Shaw’s calendar.
    Shaw, second-in-command at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, meets with a lot of people – vendors, elected officials, regular citizens. They usually have an idea for making law enforcement work better.
    That was certainly true of Cali, a second grader at Buford Elementary School.

  • FAFSA application date moved up

    From release
    Raleigh, N.C. – For students heading or returning to college in fall 2017, the start date for applying for federal and state financial aid has moved up to Oct. 1, 2016. In previous years, students were unable to file for financial aid until the first of the year.

  • $6 million in pledges for school initiative

    A coalition of Lancaster County partners has raised $6 million in local pledges and have applied for an equal amount in federal Promise Neighborhood grants to help kids growing up in the Clinton Elementary attendance zone.
    The application deadline, extended from the original Sept. 6 because of severe weather around the country, was Friday.
    Sharon Novinger, executive director for Lancaster County Partners for Youth, said she is excited after having completed the application. It took about two weeks to write the 80-page narrative.

  • Mobley named vice chairman of USC trustees

    Lancaster businessman Hugh Mobley has been elected vice chairman of the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees.
    Mobley, a 61-year-old Lancaster native, is a pharmacist and owner of Mobley Drugs. He has represented the 6th Judicial Circuit on the board of trustees since 2011. He was elected vice chairman Aug. 19.
    Speaking about his new role Saturday morning, Mobley compared the vice chair’s job to that of a “second-string quarterback” who might have to step in at a moment’s notice.

  • New school will keep ILHS name

    Since Lancaster County school officials first started talking about building a new high school in the Panhandle, they’ve been calling it the new Indian Land high school.
    Now they’ve made it official. The new school, 5 miles farther south on U.S. 521 than the facility it replaces, will keep the name Indian Land High School, said David Knight, the school district’s public information director.
    The elementary and high school locations have sparked a bit of talk about what should and should not be called Indian Land.

  • County below state averages on ACT scores

    South Carolina released ACT scores for all 2016 graduating classes this week, and Lancaster County students received a 17.2 average composite score, a notch below the statewide average of 18.5.
    The S.C. Department of Education said in a release Tuesday that last year’s ACT reports show much room for improvement.
    The ACT, a career and college readiness test, scores high school students on English, math, science and reading. The test is scored on a 1 to 36 point scale.