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Education

  • School board selects Phipps

    The Lancaster County school board voted Tuesday night to hire Dr. Jonathan Phipps as the district’s next superintendent.
    The vote was 6-1, with only board member Tyrom Faulkner voting against Phipps.
    Phipps, 44, is superintendent of the Abbeville County School District, where he’s served since leaving Lancaster County’s schools in 2014. He began his career in Lancaster and worked here for 19 years.

  • Students, teachers honored at Celebration of Excellence

    Three Lancaster County School District retirees were inducted into the county's Education Hall of Fame and 24 teachers and 301 students were honored during the 20th annual Celebration of Excellence banquets this week.

  • Sara Eddins gets honorary doctorate

    Lancaster City Council member Sara Eddins received an honorary doctor of public service degree from Limestone College at the school’s May 4 graduation ceremony.

    Eddins, an alum and board of trustees member, said the honor was “very much a surprise.”

    “This is probably the best honor I have ever had in my entire life,” Eddins said. “Especially because it comes from my school Limestone that I love with all my heart.

  • 2nd finalist makes pitch, shakes hands

    The second Lancaster County School District superintendent finalist visited Lancaster on Thursday and had the opportunity to meet the community and district staff.
    Dr. Carlotta Redish, 52, assistant superintendent for human resources at Spartanburg School District 7, said she is grateful for the chance to meet the county’s students, parents, community members and district staff.

  • Southside teacher on paid leave after briefly dragging 2-year-old

    A teacher at Southside Early Childhood Center has been placed on paid administrative leave after video evidence showed her dragging a 2-year-old across a classroom.
    The tape showed Tiara Wade, 31, dragging the toddler by the arms “a short distance” two times on Monday afternoon, according to a Lancaster Police Department report.
    Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School District safety and transportation director, said school personnel became aware of the incident later while reviewing video from the classroom.

  • Dr. Phipps back in Lancaster, where he served for 19 years

    Dr. Jonathan Phipps, a superintendent finalist for the Lancaster County School District, saw many familiar faces Monday as he met with the school board and educators and fielded questions from a citizens’ panel.
    Phipps, who spent 19 years as a Lancaster County educator before becoming superintendent of Abbeville schools in 2014, was the first of three LCSD superintendent finalists to have an individual meet and greet with district staff and the community.

  • Documentary filmmaker visits LearnTV

    Catherine Clements Bauknight recalled the innocence of high school and the unknown that was ahead as she coached LearnTV students about filmmaking over the past two weeks.

    A photojournalist, filmmaker and writer, Bauknight worked with the students to produce three shows – a biography on Bauknight, stories on the history of Lancaster, and Catawba Nation history.

  • Finalist Redish sued Cherokee schools

    One of the three Lancaster County School District superintendent finalists filed a federal racial discrimination lawsuit against the Cherokee County School District in 2013 after not being promoted to superintendent there.
    Dr. Carlotta Redish, who is black, filed the suit in January 2013, nearly eight months after filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging racial discrimination, retaliation and a hostile work environment, according to the lawsuit.

  • Students and parents invited to Lancaster Literacy Night

    Lancaster’s Literacy Night this Thursday will give parents and students the chance to win prizes, play games and learn about how area schools are building reading and writing skills.
    Nine Lancaster-area schools will have booths with exhibits and activities, including book giveaways, student work and a photo booth.
    The event is from 6-7:30 p.m. at Lancaster High School, 625 Normandy Rd., Lancaster.

  • Public gets chance to meet 3 superintendent finalists

    The Lancaster County school board has scheduled separate community visits for the three superintendent finalists, where the public will have a chance to meet and hear from the candidates.
    Bobby Parker, board of trustees chairman, said the board wouldn’t want to hire a superintendent before the community had a chance to conduct its own in-person assessment.
    “We picked these people because we thought they were the best choice,” Parker said. “We want our community to feel the same way, and I think they will.”