• Up against the wall

    As Kershaw Elementary students walked into the cafeteria Thursday, eyes widened, mouths fell open and laughter cascaded off the walls.
    First-year Principal Kelli Farmer was duct-taped to the wall, suspended in a gray cocoon for a good cause.
    “It’s hot,” said Farmer, who by the end of lunch period was covered in nine rolls of duct tape. “Your feet start going to sleep and then you just kind of hang on. We do whatever we can for our children.”

  • 300 suggest names, colors, mascot for new IL school

    More than 300 people have given the Lancaster County School District input on naming the new Panhandle elementary school and selecting colors and a mascot.
    In the online survey, which is now finished, popular names included Andrew Jackson Elementary, Catawba Elementary, Charles Duke Elementary, Creekside Elementary, Osceola Elementary, Pleasant Valley Elementary, Van Wyck Elementary and Walnut Creek Elementary.
    Dr. Jonathan Phipps, LCSD superintendent, said it’s important for a community to feel like it “owns” its schools.

  • School board picks 3 principals


  • Couples ready to take stage for Dancing With the Stars

    Seven couples will take the stage at the Art’s Focus Program’s second-annual Dancing With the Stars fundraiser on Feb. 3.
    This year’s featured dancers are:
    • Cedric Mingo and Katherine Foo.
    • Dean Faile and Ashley Shannon.
    • Michael Clancy and Connie Funderburk.
    • Matthew Whitaker and Jamikka Crockett.
    • Delmar Patterson and Liz Joyner.
    • David Platts and Katrina Bernsdorff.
    • Sal Estrada and Deborah Cureton.

  • Busy year of building for LCSD

    Nearly a dozen Lancaster County School District construction projects are starting or wrapping up during 2018.
    The new elementary school in the Panhandle is scheduled to be complete by the beginning of July. Attendance zones and the school’s name will be decided during the first few school board meetings of the year.
    Buford’s multipurpose building is set to be finished by May.
    Lancaster High’s multipurpose building and new administrative addition will be complete in July. The entrance of the school will be moved to Woodland Drive.

  • District prepares buses for cold snap

    Lancaster County School District is preparing for this week’s frigid weather by checking its buses early to prevent delays as students return to school Tuesday.
    “The forecast calls for bitter cold with lows in the mid- teens,” said Bryan Vaughn, district safety and transportation director. “These types of low temperatures along with the long holiday break with buses not being driven have played havoc with our bus fleet in years past.”

  • Kershaw to allow students to use town hall space

    The town of Kershaw has voted to allow homebound students in the Andrew Jackson schools attendance area to use the town hall break room for instruction.
    Students who have been expelled from the schools will use the space at the back of town hall, which serves as the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office break room.
    About five students will begin using the facility next semester.

  • ‘Barnes was just someone who did’

    T.T. Barnes was a true legend.
    The no-nonsense black educator and community leader died Friday. Born in Lancaster, Barnes was 92 years old.
    Barnes, who saw the best in all children, had a local reputation for getting opposing parties to talk and iron out their differences, said Lancaster County Councilwoman Charlene McGriff.
    “Whenever something happened and you needed someone to bring people together, Mr. Barnes was the one who could do it. He will surely be missed,” said McGriff. 

  • Looking back on integration

    Gloria Mackey Gordon, wearing her first-day-of-school dress and penny loafers, drove her blue Chevy to pick up three friends.
    It was 1966 and Gordon was a junior.
    She, Ronny Lowery, and Charles and Edgar Smith were on the way to their first day at Lancaster Senior High School.
    They walked into the building and got stares. Some called them names.
    They were four of 15 black students in the school. The other 822 students were white.
    “We all walked in and everyone just looked at us,” Gordon said.

  • Schools’ HR director resigns, position might be left unfilled

    The Lancaster County School District’s human resources director resigned Thursday after being on personal leave since Oct. 4, and school officials are unsure if they will fill the job.
    Dr. Gwendolyn Conner, who came to the district in June 2008 as HR director, resigned Thursday.
    Conner said she took the personal leave because of several unexpected deaths in her family.
    “It’s been an emotional time,” she said. “That has really consumed the family.”