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Education

  • Finalist Redish sued Cherokee schools

    One of the three Lancaster County School District superintendent finalists filed a federal racial discrimination lawsuit against the Cherokee County School District in 2013 after not being promoted to superintendent there.
    Dr. Carlotta Redish, who is black, filed the suit in January 2013, nearly eight months after filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging racial discrimination, retaliation and a hostile work environment, according to the lawsuit.

  • Students and parents invited to Lancaster Literacy Night

    Lancaster’s Literacy Night this Thursday will give parents and students the chance to win prizes, play games and learn about how area schools are building reading and writing skills.
    Nine Lancaster-area schools will have booths with exhibits and activities, including book giveaways, student work and a photo booth.
    The event is from 6-7:30 p.m. at Lancaster High School, 625 Normandy Rd., Lancaster.

  • Public gets chance to meet 3 superintendent finalists

    The Lancaster County school board has scheduled separate community visits for the three superintendent finalists, where the public will have a chance to meet and hear from the candidates.
    Bobby Parker, board of trustees chairman, said the board wouldn’t want to hire a superintendent before the community had a chance to conduct its own in-person assessment.
    “We picked these people because we thought they were the best choice,” Parker said. “We want our community to feel the same way, and I think they will.”

  • Construction starts at LHS, Buford

    Construction for new multipurpose buildings at Lancaster and Buford high schools begins this week and will cause a slight change in parking at LHS.
    Lancaster High’s multipurpose building will be east of the school, between LearnTV and gymnasium area.
    Students are asked to park in the upper student parking lot, said LHS Interim Principal Rosalyn Mood, noting the building will be built atop the lower parking lot.

  • Mickles won’t be charged in discipline incident

    Phillip Mickles, a Barr Street Learning Center teacher who was suspended with pay last week after a discipline incident, will not be charged with a crime, according to Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant.
    “We completed our investigation and forwarded everything to our judges, including our (surveillance) videos, ” Grant said Thursday. “At the conclusion of that, he will not be charged.”
    Mickles, 42, was placed on administrative leave after a “physical disturbance” March 28, according to a Lancaster Police Department report.

  • Harrisburg Elementary teacher will not be charged

    Harrisburg Elementary teacher Elizabeth Goodin, who was placed on paid administrative leave after being accused of improper discipline, will not be charged, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Goodin, 26, submitted her resignation, effective April 1, after being placed on leave.
    According to a sheriff’s office report, Goodin was accused by a teacher’s aide of spanking a child twice on the buttocks and once on the lower back.

  • Accrediting team gives schools big check mark

    The Lancaster County School District received its five-year accreditation assessment this week and received a glowing review, ranking it in the top 15 percent of school systems in the country.
    LCSD received an overall score of 302 from nonprofit accrediting agency AdvancED – 7.6 percent higher than the average score among all school systems assessed.
    “It’s great when people recognize good things,” said Lydia Quinn, LCSD executive director of planning and accountability.

  • School board names 3 superintendent finalists

    The Lancaster County school board has identified three finalists for the next superintendent – Dr. Jonathan Phipps, Dr. Carlotta Redish and Dr. Matrell Sturkey.

    The three finalists all work in S.C. school districts – Phipps in Abbeville, Redish in Spartanburg and Sturkey in Florence. One has worked in Lancaster County before. Phipps, the only finalist who is currently a superintendent, was here for 19 years before leaving in 2014.

  • 60 outstanding students receive principals’ awards

    Clinton Elementary fourth-grader Yo’Zarius Stewart proved to a big crowd Thursday night exactly why he was one of 60 students to receive a Principals’ Choice award.
    Yo’Zarius, 10, was nonverbal and shy at the start of the school year. Thursday night he stood on stage proudly and read a book to the crowd of nearly 400 in USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.

  • Phillip Mickles placed on leave after discipline incident at school

    Phillip Mickles, a teacher at Barr Street Learning Center, was placed on administrative leave Tuesday after an allegation that he improperly disciplined a student at the school.
    According to a Lancaster Police Department report, Mickles and a student got into a “physical disturbance” Tuesday morning. Mickles advised the student to stop “leaning back in his chair,” which the student continued to do, the report said.