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Education

  • New rules on advancing to next grade

    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.  

  • AJMS students, teachers adapt to temporary quarters after fire

    Chloe Mungo

    For The Lancaster News

    The Andrew Jackson Volunteer community is living up to its name yet again.

    After the March 1 fire at Andrew Jackson Middle School, nearby schools have been helping out to house the middle schoolers while the building gets repaired.

    The sixth graders are currently housed at Heath Springs Elementary, the seventh graders at Kershaw Elementary and the eighth graders at Andrew Jackson High.   

  • 2 ILHS teachers honored for mentoring

    Winthrop University

    ROCK HILL – Two Indian Land High school teachers were among the finalists for the first Jessie Williams Little “Leading the Way” Award.
    ILHS physical education teacher Jerry Honeycutt  and ILHS special education teacher Kimberly Pyles were honored Feb. 15 as educators gathered at Winthrop University to celebrate the first nominees. The award recognizes a South Carolina educator who has made a significant impact as a mentor to future or beginning teachers.

  • Sticky-note inspiration

    From release

    Sticky-notes were the medium for inspirational messages at Lancaster High School on Feb. 13.

    Students decorated 1,000 notes with messages of love and hope for the “Share the Love” project, arranging them to spell “Love” on a wall at the school. Other students could then take a note off the wall and pass it along to another person to inspire or comfort them. 

  • 15 years of cheering comes to an end

    After 15 years as a cheerleader, Lancaster High senior Essence Frazier wore her uniform for the last time Friday night.

    Frazier said she’ll miss the crowd screaming and the adrenalin rush when hitting the mat for cheer competitions. She’ll miss bonding with the squad on bus rides to away games.

    “I’ll miss cheering for my school and showing my spirit,” said the four-year varsity cheerleader. “It’s something I love to do, and I can’t do it anymore.”

  • Dancing with the Stars

    Seven couples hit the stage at the sold-out Dancing With the Stars competition Saturday night, raising $14,500 for Andrew Jackson Middle School’s Art Focus program.
    The event was a big financial success, topping the fundraising total at last year’s inaugural Dancing With the Stars by more than 60 percent.
    Taking home the technical-skills championship trophy was David Platts, science and arts instructional specialist for Lancaster County School District, and Katrina Bernsdorff, AJ High drama teacher.

  • Gifted-and-talented program expanding

    Lancaster County School District’s gifted-and-talented program will expand over the next four years from a project based at Discovery School to one in each elementary school.

    The new structure will place a gifted-and-talented teacher at each elementary to teach students and train other teachers in strategies for advanced students.

    Tom McDuffie, gifted-and-talented coordinator, said it will make life simpler.

    “It’s going to be more economical in the long run, because we won’t have to pay for transportation,” McDuffie said.

  • Exactly what schools get for $199M

    Eleven new playgrounds, 7,350 Chromebooks, at least 1,432 doors, and 12 parking lot and pick-up areas.
    That’s some of what the Lancaster County School District’s $199 million bond referendum is funding.
    And then there are the bigger projects – two new schools, three multipurpose buildings and three new artificial-turf athletic fields.
    About $121 million of the bond money will go to Indian Land, about $34 million to Lancaster, $33 million to Kershaw and $14 million to Buford.

  • Proposed Panhandle school attendance zones

    Building a new school in the Panhandle calls for attendance zones to be redrawn.

    That means some Harrisburg Elementary students will be moved to Indian Land Elementary and some ILE students will be going to the new Panhandle elementary to the south.

    Three proposed attendance lines for the Panhandle were presented to the school board Tuesday evening.

    Dr. Jonathan Phipps, Lancaster County School District superintendent, said switching students and teachers to different schools is a routine consequence of growth, but it’s sometimes difficult.

  • New card lets senior citizens attend sports events for free

    If you’re 65 or older and enjoy Lancaster County sports, you’re in luck.

    Lancaster County School District is now offering a sporting event pass called a Gold Card that will allow all senior citizens to attend school athletic events for free.

    “We’re excited to begin this program this year,” said LCSD Superintendent Jonathan Phipps. “We believe it’s a great way to thank our seniors for all they do for our students and a great tool for increasing senior citizen support for our schools.”