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Education

  • 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.”

  • CCA starts its year with decade-high enrollment

    Robin Knight
    Carolina Christian Academy

    The first week of school is in the wraps for the 210 students enrolled at Carolina Christian Academy in Lancaster.
    The county’s only private school welcomed many familiar faces as well as a record-breaking number of new students. This year CCA has its highest enrollment in a decade, serving students from K3 to 12th grade.

  • Moving day at VWES

    Furniture now lines the lobby, halls and classrooms of the new Van Wyck Elementary School as it enters the final steps before opening to teachers Monday, Aug. 13.
    “We’ve taken care of the deficiencies from the inspection, so we’re clear on that,” said David Small, facilities director for Lancaster County School District. “Furniture will be 100 percent complete by tomorrow (Friday), and we’re going to clean and wax the hallways and classrooms on Saturday.”

  • Bond projects wrap up in time for school

    Major school bond referendum projects are wrapping up across Lancaster County as the start of school on Aug. 20 looms on the horizon.
    Van Wyck Elementary School has passed all its inspections, and the last finishing touches are being done on the building. Workers moved in furniture throughout the building this week, in anticipation of teachers coming in Monday, Aug. 13.
    Andrew Jackson and Buford high schools have gotten new, pre-fabricated press boxes for each school’s football fields. Both were installed Friday. 

  • Indian Land schools’ training field bank improved

    The Indian Land schools’ training field is an eyesore no more, thanks to dozens of school, community and business volunteers who showed up last weekend to help the Indian Land Fall Festival Committee make capital improvements.
    More than 1,000 cubic yards of soil, gravel, sand and compost were moved by heavy equipment to restore an eroded bank at the training field behind the middle school, where the festival is held.

  • Success in school begins with healthy habits

    Our children will be more successful in school – and healthier – if we, as parents, make sure our children do some very simple things.
    In fact, taking the simple steps below to make sure our children are healthy – both mentally and physically – is probably the most important factor in how they do in school. Here is what you can do.

    Sleep

  • New school year – new school

    Lancaster County’s public schools will open their doors to about 13,500 students Aug. 20, the first full day of school.
    Sixth-graders and freshmen in the district will get a sneak peek at their new schools Aug. 17, when they attend a half-day orientation  (8:15 a.m.-1 p.m.).
    But the real highlight for Lancaster County School District this year is the opening of the new Van Wyck Elementary School, despite major delays.
    District officials say the new school will be ready to welcome more than 600 students from the Van Wyck area this month.