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Education

  • 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.

  • 150 local kids learn sports skills, exercise their faith at VSO camps

    Kelly Morrissette

    For The Lancaster News

    More than 30 volunteers from local churches came together this week for Victory Sports Outreach, a summer sports camp and ministry that included 150 local children.

    It’s the program’s third successful year, spreading the messages of devotion to God and healthy living. 

  • 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.

  • Indian Land alumni gather for 2017 reunion

    Indian Land Elementary School’s cafeteria was buzzing with laughter and long conversations as old friends gathered for the 2017 Indian Land alumni reunion June 25.

    The parking lot was packed as people arrived to bring in covered potluck dishes. J.O. McCorkle, an 80-year-old Indian Land native from the class of 1958, stood proudly by the tea jugs as people walked past him.

    “I made all the tea here,” McCorkle said. “So, if you want, you can just call me the tea-maker.”

  • ILHS teacher, students visit Vermont

    An Indian Land High teacher and two students visited Vermont in June to do research on water in the Lake Champlain basin and bring their new skills home to put into practice.

    Dr. Thomas Townsend, Anna Juarez and Nisha Patel visited Burlington, on the east side of Lake Champlain, from June 19-23 along with 19 other groups from high schools in Vermont and Puerto Rico.

  • IL groups honor teachers

    Two Indian Land Middle School teachers were named teachers of the year for S.C. Veterans of Foreign Wars District 5 and American Legion Post 250.

    James Logan was named the VFW District 5 Teacher of the Year, and Kailee Ann Rose was named the American Legion Post 250 Teacher of the Year. Both teach special education at ILMS, where both have taught for three years.

    Logan and Rose both said they are honored to receive the awards.

  • 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.

  • LHS teacher harvests honey

    It was the perfect day to harvest their fourth year of honey – close to July but not so late that the honey becomes bitter.

    Debra Huey, a Lancaster High job-transition coach, and her family walked to their eight beehives last Sunday and took out all of the frames, which were full of honey and had a wax layer on top.
    Huey said she’s always been interested in how smart bees are.
    “My grandfather was a beekeeper,” she said. “I was always amazed and so fascinated by the hives.”