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Education

  • 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.

  • Reaching for the sky

    The New Indian Land High School, a gleaming, modern campus full of amenities and aspirations, is rising out of the red clay along U.S. 521, with footings being poured and walls jutting skyward.
    Facilities Director David Small is pleased with the construction progress at what will be the Lancaster County School District’s newest high school, with $90 million in construction scheduled for completion in 2020.

  • Norman, Mosteller, Parker visit BHS government class

    Rep. Ralph Norman told a group of high school students Tuesday that he’s never worked a day in his life.
    “When you pick a career, one of the most satisfying things is doing what you’re interested in,” said the Fifth District congressman. “You do that, and you’ll find your niche.”
    Norman, along with Lancaster County Council member Billy Mosteller and school board Chair Bobby Parker, spent almost an hour talking the 28 students in Wes James’ first period government class at Buford High School.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • LCSD revamps teaching process

    The Lancaster County School District has partnered with Discovery Education, which is affiliated with TV’s Discovery Channel, to revamp how the district teaches its students.
    “It’s a great opportunity for our district to move forward academically,” said Superintendent Jonathan Phipps.
    “When kids work in school they say things like, ‘Well when will I need algebra?’ I’ve heard kids say that when I was in the classroom. This will give us the answer to that question, providing them real-world experience.”

  • Make-up days assigned for Hurricane Florence absences

    Make-up days have been assigned by the Lancaster County School District after Hurricane Florence closed schools Sept. 14 and Monday. 

    “We had leaks in buildings that never leaked before,” Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said. “The wind and blowing rain just caused problems that don’t normally happen.

    “To be honest it was kind of amazing how we got everything ready for Tuesday, and it speaks volumes to how our guys came together,” he said.  

  • 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.

  • False alarm on Sunday’s school alert

    The Lancaster County schools issued an alert Sunday about a report that a couple was telling people a van would pick up schoolchildren Monday morning, but it ended up being a false alarm caused by miscommunication between a bus driver and a resident.
    “Fortunately, it seems in this situation it was an honest mistake and miscommunication,” said school district Safety Director Bryan Vaughn.

  • 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.