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Education

  • Hugh Mobley chairs committee looking for USC’s next president

    Lancaster’s Hugh Mobley will chair the search committee to find a successor to Harris Pastides, retiring president of the University of South Carolina.
    Mobley, founder of Mobley Drugs and vice chairman of the USC Board of Trustees, joins 12 others on the search committee.
    Mobley called Pastides, who announced last month that he will retire next year after a decade in the job, a one-of-a-kind leader.

  • New Indian Land PTSO stages "best bonfire ever"

    The new Indian Land High School Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) started this summer under the direction of IL parent Pam Hogue.
    “We just wanted something to help and support the teachers and students,” she said.
    The group organized the annual Homecoming Bonfire Oct. 10. Because of rain, the event moved indoors with no bonfire, but the food trucks and games continued.
    Hogue said ILHS Principal David Shamble approached her about the PTSO taking over the event.

  • IL student took Aviation Challenge last summer

    Huntsville, Ala. – This summer, Sam Scott, 18, of Indian Land attended Aviation Challenge Mach III at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp, Space Camp Robotics, Aviation Challenge and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center.
    The week-long educational program for ages 15-18 promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

  • ILES students learn about our continent’s aborigines

    Indian Land Elementary’s cafeteria shook with the steady beat of a Native American drum Monday morning as Little Big Eagle greeted excited third graders, playing his hand-carved, wooden flute.
    More than 50 students sat still, moving only to the beat of the music, as they were transfixed by Little Big Eagle’s playing.
    The 58-year-old Tuscarora Cherokee Indian, dressed in his native regalia, then stopped and faced his audience. With a gentle, deep voice, he greeted them in his native language, and then translated it into English.

  • Reboot program helps kids overcome behavioral issues

    The Lancaster County School District is introducing a new program aimed at helping elementary school students adjust to life in the classroom.
    The Reboot program lasts eight to 12 weeks and focuses on students in grades three through five who are having trouble assimilating to school behaviorally.

  • Construction school to train road-pavers

    From release
    Carolina Construction School in Lancaster has formed a partnership with Caterpillar Inc. to become the company’s second U.S. training center for Asphalt Paving Operator training.
    Courses are likely to begin early next year. Currently, this training is offered only at Caterpillar’s site in Tucson, Ariz. The Carolina Construction School Training Center will provide participants located east of the Mississippi with more localized training options, as well as other parts of the United States and other countries.

  • Kim Perry named state’s PE Teacher of the Year

    For 15 years, Kim Perry had mostly taught her PE students how to play basketball, volleyball and other team sports, but that changed last fall because of one Lancaster High student.
    “There was a girl in my class who had some anxiety and said she hated PE… because she wasn’t an athlete,” Perry recalled this week. “And I said, ‘Honey, you don’t have to be an athlete to be in PE.’”
    The student said being forced to play team sports made her feel bad, because the more athletic teens mocked her.

  • County equipping more school resource officers

    Lancaster County Council unanimously voted Aug. 27 to spend up to $62,000 to equip five certified school resource officers.  

    The equipment includes computers, radio/walkie talkies, duty and tactical gear, Tasers and body-worn cameras.

    The equipment is for two new SRO positions, as well as for three more deputies recently named SROs. 

    The salaries, insurance and fringe benefits for are paid by the school district, with the county picking up other related costs. 

  • Schools ban unauthorized drone flights

    The Lancaster County School District has prohibited the use of drones on school property, unless the operator first clears it with the school district and has a commercial drone license from the Federal Aviation Administration.

    “We always want to do all we can to keep our students, staff and visitors safe,” said Superintendent Jonathan Phipps in a LCSD release. “We can’t ignore the potential for a drone flown improperly to put people and property at risk.”

  • ILHS aims for green certification

    There’s red clay galore at construction sites across the Lancaster County School District these days, but the biggest project is going green.
    The new Indian Land High School, scheduled for completion in 2020, will be the district’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified school.
    “We’re very excited,” said Superintendent Jonathan Phipps. “It will save taxpayers money in the long run, which is always a positive. Responsibility-wise, it was a good thing to do.”