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Education

  • New elementary emerging from expanse of red clay

    Lancaster County school board members, district staff and community members gathered Monday afternoon to break ground on the Panhandle’s new elementary school.
    Expected to be complete next August, the 95,000-square-foot building will accommodate 1,170 students. The 36-acre site is on the west side of U.S. 521, just south of Rebound Road.
    School board member Melvin Stroble, who represents District 1, where the new school is being built, said the district needs additional facilities to support growth in the Panhandle.

  • LCSD honors teachers

    More than 1,000 Lancaster County School District teachers and faculty members in matching school T-shirts filled Buford High School’s gym Monday morning to celebrate great teaching.
    Four teachers from around the district were awarded annual teaching awards. Others were recognized for the number of years they had taught, including one teacher who has 54 years under his belt.
    Troy Helms, an agriculture teacher at Buford High, won the district-wide Great Teaching Award and the high school award. He has been an educator for 15 years.

  • ‘Leader in Me’ expands to 2 more schools

    Leader in Me, a program designed to teach elementary students management skills, is coming to North and Brooklyn Springs elementary schools this academic year.
    The three-year program, piloted in the county by Buford Elementary last year, is driven by Stephen Covey’s book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”
    Linda Blackwell, Lancaster County School District director of elementary instruction, said Leader in Me lets students become partners in their learning.

  • Delay at LHS stadium

    A construction delay at Lancaster High’s new artificial-turf football field has forced the school to move its first home game to Buford High’s new turf, which was a high priority to finish before hosting the annual jamboree this weekend.
    LHS athletics director Mark Strickland said he made the call to move the game because the field’s surrounding asphalt “drive-around” may not be ready on time.

  • College Advising Corps comes to 7 high schools

    From release

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation on Tuesday introduced to the community seven new College Advising Corps advisers, who begin their work this fall with students in Lancaster and Chester counties.
    The national college advising program, to be piloted in Chester and Lancaster high schools, serves students and schools in 15 other states through partnerships in 600 high schools. South Carolina’s program will be the 16th in the nation, and will add seven high schools to the national CAC network.

  • Farewell party surprises Dr. Moore

    A crowd of nearly 30 people surprised Dr. Gene Moore, soon-to-be retired Lancaster County School District superintendent, with a party Tuesday evening.
    District staff and community leaders met in USC Lancaster’s Arnold Special Events Room to tell Moore goodbye after nearly 12 years as LCSD superintendent.
    Moore, who announced his retirement in January, said he was told the party was for the new superintendent, Dr. Jonathan Phipps.

  • School construction projects on schedule

    Construction is under way or expected to start soon in several parts of the county as the Lancaster County School District adds new facilities and addresses growth in Indian Land.
    “Everything’s on schedule,” said LCSD Facilities Director David Small.
    Projects currently under way are multipurpose buildings at Lancaster High and Buford High. Construction began last month on artificial turf for football fields at Andrew Jackson, Buford and Lancaster High schools.
    “The turf will be completed by the time school starts,” Small said.

  • LHS, Kershaw Elementary get home-grown principals

    The school board this week selected two Lancaster County natives as the new principals for Lancaster High School and Kershaw Elementary.
    Rosalyn Mood, who has been serving as interim principal at LHS since longtime Principal Joe Keenan retired, was named principal of the county’s largest school.
    And Kelli Farmer, a Heath Springs native who has been working in Greenville County, will come back home to lead Kershaw Elementary.
    Both were approved by the school board at Tuesday night’s meeting.

  • Spots available at education-focused camp

     Looking for an affordable summer camp with an educational focus? Check out USC Lancaster’s Arts and Sciences Adventure Camp.
    The first session of the eight-day camp, sponsored by Nutramax Laboratories, Springs Memorial Hospital and USCL, was June 5-15. You can still sign up for the second summer session, which runs July 10-13 and 17-20.
    “All parents have to do is apply and put… that they have a need,” said camp director Dwayne Brown.

  • School board approves $102M budget

    Lancaster County school board unanimously approved a $102 million budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year after a public hearing Tuesday night.
    Expenditures for the upcoming fiscal year are $102,649,796 and revenues are $99,930,644.