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Education

  • School district leaders tour building sites, plan for future

    The Lancaster County School District’s superintendent, directors and board members attended planning meetings Friday and Saturday to address construction projects, community engagement and academic advancement.
    On Friday afternoon, the group rode a bus to each of the on-going construction projects throughout the county.

  • Step-by-step timeline for opening of Panhandle elementary school

    A detailed schedule for the opening of a new elementary school in the Panhandle has been set by the Lancaster County School District.
    The timeline allows the district to have everything in place for a “smooth opening” of the new school in fall 2018, said Superintendent Jonathan Phipps.
    “We’re very excited about getting the school open to help with the growth in the northern part of our county,” Phipps said.
    Construction began in the spring on the 36-acre site located on the west side of U.S. 521, just south of Rebound Road.

  • Indian Land accounts for all growth in local schools

    The number of students attending Indian Land schools has increased more than 10 percent since this time last year, while the population of most of the county’s other schools has declined slightly.
    Of the county’s four high schools, only Indian Land High increased its student body from last school year.
    Indian Land’s school growth is driven mostly by the Panhandle’s two elementary schools.

  • After 53 years in classroom, Mr. Davis still going strong

    At the start of his career, Lloyd Davis drew a circle on a map, showing everything within 200 miles of his hometown in Kentucky.
    It was 1964, and he was looking for his first teaching job. He found it 150 miles away in Virginia, making $4,600 a year.
    Last month at the Lancaster High School Career Center, he started his 54th year in the classroom.
    “I’m not ready to give it up,” said the 75-year-old drafting teacher. “I feel like I’ve got a few more good years in me.”

  • Irma make-up day Oct. 9

    The Lancaster County School District has scheduled Oct. 9 as a make-up day for the day missed because of Hurricane Irma.
    School was canceled Sept. 11 as winds and rain from Irma passed through the Palmetto State.
    Oct. 9 was the next day students were not scheduled to be in school. It had been had been planned as a teacher workday.
    “We believe it’s important to use it as a make-up day,” said LCSD Superintendent Jonathan Phipps. “We still face the possibility of winter weather and more missed days.”

  • Library’s summer readers help ‘Build a Better World’

    Ashley Lowrimore

    For The Lancaster News

    Nearly 2,000 readers in Lancaster County – signed up to “Build a Better World” at the annual summer reading program at the Lancaster, Del Webb and Kershaw libraries. 

    Held June 1-July 28, the building-themed event included patrons of all ages who attended special events and registered to read books and win prizes.

  • 5 Lancaster County students transfer to Governor’s School

    Five Lancaster County students started their junior year at the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) on Aug. 14.
    The students, part of GSSM’s class of 2019, will attend the public residential high school in Hartsville for their junior and senior years.
    Three students transferred to GSSM from Indian Land High – JuHwan Cho, Mackenzie Meadows and John Patrick Shaheen. Caroline Sizemore transferred from Lancaster High. Dejanay Williams transferred from Andrew Jackson High.

  • LHS student attends 4-H leadership conference

    Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    Jasmine Blair, a 16-year-old junior at Lancaster High School, attended the Pinckney 4-H Leadership Conference at Clemson University last month.
    It was a weeklong dose of fun and learning, from whitewater rafting to making shoes for Ugandans to cultivating leadership skills.

  • Dance instruction for special-needs kids

    Ashley Lowrimore 

    For The Lancaster News

    Encore Dance is now enrolling students for Dancing Without Limits, a new program designed to empower special-needs children through dance expression and movement.

    The hour-long classes begin next week and will take place weekly at Encore's Fort Mill studios on Tuesdays and at the Lancaster studios on Wednesdays.

  • Column: 2nd graders turn tables on reporter

    I park in the fire lane and pull out my equipment at Indian Land Elementary.

    There’s no rush for this story, but I’m always in a rush. It’s just my nature. I like to work quickly, but accurately.

    I walk into an elementary school – the kind of school I frequent to film my Facebook videos.

    Hauling in my posse – tripod, camera, microphone and notes – I check in at the front and get directions to the classroom.

    Second grade. The what-will-they-say-next age.