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Education

  • New school gets a name: Van Wyck Elementary

    The new campus that opens in the Panhandle this fall will be named Van Wyck Elementary School.
    The Lancaster County school board approved the name unanimously Tuesday night. The school’s mascot will be the Braves, and its colors will match the Indian Land middle and high schools’ blue, gold and white.
    “There was one name that just stuck out overwhelmingly that people voted for, and there was no contest that the name for the school should be Van Wyck Elementary School,” said Steven Puckett, the principal of the new school.

  • Security upgrades under way

    All Lancaster County school lobbies have been reconfigured to prevent unauthorized entry, school officials said Thursday, and one-button lockdowns are in place at all Indian Land and Buford campuses.
    Lancaster and Kershaw schools are still receiving the security upgrades that are part of the $199 million bond issue approved by voters in 2016. The improvements include new classroom doors that can be secured from the inside.

  • IL high school will cost more, hold more kids

    The Lancaster County school board on Saturday voted to accept a $90.4 million construction bid for the new Indian Land High School – $10 million more than originally expected.
    The board intends to award the bid to Cleveland Construction of Charlotte after a 15-day protest period for other bidders.
    School district officials had estimated in 2016 that the construction would cost $80.9 million. The Charlotte-area’s booming construction market contributed to the higher cost, as did the district’s decision to make the building larger than planned.

  • Young women explore STEM jobs with pros who have them

    Nearly 65 professionals and female students from Lancaster County high schools met at Lineberger Construction Inc. on Jan. 25 to encourage women not to be afraid to enter male-dominated career fields.

    Sponsored by Lineberger Construction Inc. and hosted by the N.C.-based Enterprising Women Foundation, the event gave female professionals in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) positions a chance to encourage the young women about their career paths.

  • Stifling nerves, 4th grader spells ‘rupture’ to win bee

    Buford Elementary fourth grader Bryce Bridges, drafted into the county spelling bee when his school’s winner got sick, won the championship Thursday and beamed at his good fortune.
    “Rupture” was the word that’s taking Bryce to the regional spelling bee in Charlotte on Feb. 19.
    Bryce, his school’s alternate, found out Monday that he would be competing in the bee in place of the school’s winner, who was sick.
    “I was nervous,” he said after the victory. “I just don’t know how I won.”

  • 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.