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Delay on Buford multipurpose building

By Mark Manicone

The Buford High School multipurpose building is 24 days behind schedule and will not be completed in time for graduation.


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AJMS reopens Tuesday, new traffic pattern

By Mark Manicone

Andrew Jackson Middle School is reopening Tuesday, eight weeks after a fire that started in a janitor’s closet caused extensive damaged to the school. 


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Special-needs class getting all-out prom

By Mark Manicone

Erin Walker and Shana Beckham, teachers at Lancaster High School, have taken it upon themselves to give their special-needs class a prom night they won’t forget. 

“They don’t get the experience everyone else does, like with a limo or anything. They go in a school bus,” Walker said. 

Beckham agreed.

“We wanted to make it like everyone else’s, and make it special,” Beckham said. 


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Chris Timmons named AJMS principal

By Mark Manicone

The Lancaster County school board Tuesday night named Chris Timmons the next principal of Andrew Jackson Middle School, which should reopen next week after extensive fire repairs.
“I’m beside myself, to be honest,” said Timmons, who will replace the retiring Daryl Hinson at the end of the school year.
Timmons is currently the assistant principal at Buford High School. He was the assistant principal at Buford Middle School for eight years, before being moved to the high school in September 2017.


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Native American Studies Center gets $10,000 donation

USC Lancaster

USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center has received a $10,000 donation from OceanaGold/Haile Operation, which will sponsor four speakers for the monthly Lunch and Learn programs, held the third Friday of each month in the center’s galleries.  
The four Lunch and Learn programs include:
April 20: Dr. Katherine Osburn, Arizona State University, “The ‘Identified Full-Bloods’ in Mississippi: Race and Choctaw Identity, 1898-1918.”


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AJ fire, Parkland prompt switch to instant emergency messages

Schools adopt text-alert system

By Mark Manicone

The Lancaster County School District has installed a new emergency alert system that can send information to parents, teachers and students instantly via text message.
“It’s very similar to what’s used on university campuses. That’s the model we’re after,” said Bryan Vaughn, the district’s safety director. “This give folks immediate info, and it’s good because I can access it anywhere… whether I’m on the side of the road, in a classroom or in the middle of a situation.


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Oh, yuck! Sewer glitch earns Erwin kids day off

By Mark Manicone

Erwin Elementary School was closed for repairs Friday after a sewage backup the day before affected half the school.
Two classrooms and the teacher’s conference room actually had raw sewage on the floors.
“It really isn’t that bad. Our plumbers probably made a bigger mess trying to fix it” said school district Facilities Director David Small.


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Crook makes dance team at Limestone

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Displaced students turn inconvenience into an opportunity

Mentors by chance

By Mark Manicone

A month after a fire shut down Andrew Jackson Middle School for repairs, its displaced seventh graders have taken on an unexpected role – becoming mentors to the students at Kershaw Elementary School. 


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New rules on advancing to next grade

By Mark Manicone

The Lancaster County school board has changed the requirements for high school students to advance to the next grade level, hoping to prevent anyone from finishing 12th grade without being able to graduate. 

The board voted unanimously to revert to the district’s previous policy from 13 years ago, which requires completion of certain math and English courses for a student to move to the next grade.  


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