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Education

  • Teacher suspended for misconduct

    Lancaster County School District officials placed a Buford Middle School teacher on administrative leave Thursday, Feb. 20, pending an investigation of allegations she had improper communications with students.

    Bryan Vaughn, district safety director, confirmed independent reports of the disciplinary matter to The Lancaster News on Friday, Feb. 21.

    However, Vaughn said he could neither discuss details of the case, nor confirm the teacher’s identity, due to the district’s personnel policy.

  • Board OKs choices for new school

    In an age of zero tolerance school weapons policies, is it appropriate for an elementary school to have a mascot that is itself a weapon?
    This was the basic question at the center of a Lancaster County school board discussion at their Tuesday, Dec. 10, meeting over the appropriateness of the proposed Tomahawk mascot for Indian Land’s new elementary school.
    The discussion came during consideration to affirm the name, school colors and mascot for the Harrisburg Road school chosen by a naming committee as part of a process that began in September.

  • McMurray to retire from coaching

    The hall of fame coaching career of Bennie “Coach Mac” McMurray is now in the books. McMurray, a 38-year coaching veteran who coached at four different schools, including his final stop at Lancaster High School, is retiring from coaching.

  • School board dislikes proposal

     Lancaster County school board members, expressed nearly unanimous displeasure for a County Council proposal that would reduce potential school district revenue from “Project Vino” in favor of funding future economic development projects.

    The reaction came during the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday evening, Oct. 15, where district officials touted increased student participation in AP courses and issued a report on the district’s move toward Common Core Standards.

  • Cocky’s book mission – improve literacy

    By Chloe Gould
    USC School of Journalism
    Rows of first-graders sat cross-legged in their elementary school’s library, chattering to kids in other classes in fits of nervous excitement.
    They pulled on the laces in their sneakers and were reminded, time and time again, to keep their bottoms on the ground.
    “If I see Cocky, I’m going to pee my pants,” said one student at W.B. Goodwin Elementary School in North Charleston.

  • Summer classes underway at USC

    University of South Carolina
    The University of South Carolina’s expansion to three full semesters is underway, with classes beginning this week.
    Officials say student response, particularly among juniors, has been strong to On Your Time: Summer at Carolina, a new program of summer courses offered over eight sessions that range from one to 12 weeks. Because of its flexible design, course registration for the later summer sessions is still open, allowing students to progress toward their degree and working toward the goal of graduating in four years.

  • School district prepares for 'fiscal cliff'

    With no real movement in Washington, D.C., toward avoiding the year-end “fiscal cliff,” Lancaster County School District officials are preparing for the possibility of losing a significant chunk of federal funding next year.
    The sequestration is a package of $109 billion in automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts set to go into effect Jan. 1 should Congress and the White House fail to reach a budget deal before then to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion.

  • Five roads still closed due to flood

    Five roads remained closed Thursday, Sept. 20, after more than 6 inches of rain fell on the eastern part of Lancaster County on Monday, Sept. 17.

    However, residents on two of the most damaged roads got some welcome news and much-needed relief Wednesday.

    Doster Road, which runs between Pageland Highway (S.C. 9) and Deerwood Road and is maintained by S.C. Department of Transportation, reopened to through-traffic Wednesday afternoon.

  • New DVD for parents at Lancaster County Library

    Parents eagerly anticipate the moment when their child first begins to  talk,  but for some parents it is a time of anxiety because their child struggles to get words out.
    As many as five percent of preschool children nationwide have repetitions and prolongations of sounds severe enough to be of concern to their parents.
    A new DVD in English and Spanish, Stuttering and Your Child: Help for Parents, helps parents detect stuttering and take action toward helping their child  and is available now at Lancaster County Library.

  • Schools prepare for new year

    The 2012-13 school year begins Aug. 20, and faculty and staff are preparing for their students’ return.