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Education

  • School board signs $20M contract for IL elementary

    The Lancaster County school board has approved a contract for the construction of a third elementary school to serve Indian Land students.
    The $20,673,545 construction contract with Edcon Inc. was signed Tuesday morning, March 14.
    Edcon will build a 1,170-student facility on U.S. 521 just south of Rebound Road.
    Edcon’s bid will allow the district to build the school for 200 more students than the minimum 970 students the base bid required, according to Lancaster County School District Superintendent Gene Moore.

  • Who gets senioritis? Everyone!

    They’re ready for it to be over – the homework, the stress, the early mornings.

    Some daydream about graduation. Or eat noodles out of to-go boxes during class. Others have their headphones on.

    They’re high school seniors who have severe senioritis – a colloquial term for seniors who lack motivation for their studies.

  • Schools hosting meetings about after-school safety

    The Lancaster County School District will host an After School Student Safety Forum next week at Indian Land Middle School to discuss topics like bus, internet and latchkey child safety.
    The forum will be 7-8:30 p.m. March 14 in the ILMS gymnasium, and there will be a panel discussion.
    LCSD safety director Bryan Vaughn said the Student Safety Task Force Committee was created following the deaths of three students in the district in the past year. He said the committee decided it was necessary to offer safety forums to parents and guardians of students in the county.

  • A Real Treat

    Kayla Vaughn
    kvaughn@thelancasternews.com

    The art students at USC Lancaster were delighted to show off their artwork Thursday during a public reception in the ground floor art gallery of Founders Hall.
    One of Antonio Cherry’s paintings was a portrait of his daughter, Kylie.
    Cherry, who left the military to spend more time with his daughter, said he chose to paint her because of the impact she has had on his life.

  • BES principal wins state award

    Buford Elementary Principal Andrea Ribelin was shocked last weekend when she was named outstanding administrator of the year by the S.C. Counseling Association.

    “It’s very humbling, because what I do is my passion and my calling,” Ribelin said. “To be recognized for that is just a real shock. I would not be the leader I am without the phenomenal work of the staff at Buford Elementary School… and the support of our community is a huge plus.”

  • AJ student wins 1st place at national welding contest

    An Andrew Jackson High student beat out 270 competitors to take first place at a national welding competition last weekend in Jacksonville, Fla.
    Matt Mungo, 17, won a $20,000 full-ride scholarship to Tulsa Welding School (TWS), which sponsored the contest.
    “I went down there thinking I wouldn’t do too good,” said Mungo, who also received a Lincoln Electric welding machine and welding supplies. “I did my best, and then I won.”

  • Celebrating achievement at AJHS

    David Kellin

    For The Lancaster News

    Andrew Jackson High School students were riding high this week, with a number of outstanding accomplishments to celebrate, both in athletics and the arts.

    The Lady Vols basketball team was playing late Friday in the SCHSL Class AA Upstate Championship. (See coverage in Sports.) And four of the school’s wrestling team members advanced to their state championships.

  • Threatening note at BHS; student to be disciplined

    Buford High School student left a note Friday threatening to “shoot up the school tomorrow” and was identified later in the day, according to a Lancaster County School District press release.
    “From the beginning, the threat did not seem credible, since tomorrow would be Saturday and no one would be there,” said schools safety director Bryan Vaughn.

  • Nihon University student teaching Japan’s culture at Discovery School

    “Konnichiwa, arigato, sayonara…,” a room full of  Discovery School second graders sing Wednesday morning.
    A new face leads the song.

  • 'Love Languages'

    With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Buford Elementary School students are exploring how they express love and connect with others through “love languages.”
    They studied the five love languages – words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time and physical touch.
    For 9-year-old Anthony Sanchez, it’s quality time, especially with his mother.