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Education

  • Local students attend FFA convention

    From release

    The National FFA Organization held the 91st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. in November.  FFA members from Andrew Jackson High School were among the more than 63,000 members and guest that attended this year’s annual event.

  • LCSD construction projects still on schedule despite rain

    The Lancaster County School District’s construction projects are moving ahead as scheduled, with only minor delays due to this past month’s frequent rains.
    Contractors have been working extra hours to keep the schedules on track.
    “They’re working weekends and overtime to make up for the weather days,” said LCSD Facilities Director David Small.
    At the new Indian Land High School site, rock removal has also contributed to construction delays with more rocks having to be removed than anticipated.

  • Truckload of generosity

    Brooklyn Springs Elementary was transformed into Santa’s grotto Thursday after 100 volunteers from Keller Williams Fort Mill, decked out as elves and reindeer, showed up to spread some Christmas cheer.
    This is the third year that the Texas-based real estate company has organized a Christmas event for the school. The company provided a holiday shop where children could pick two presents to give to their loved ones, in a truck parked in the school parking lot.

  • 'Is this really what adulting feels like?'

    Andrew Jackson High School students packed the school’s cafeteria and opened folders containing their new identities – glimpsing the realities and the possibilities of life away from home.
    Each student received a calculator, an occupation, a family, a monthly income and a list of financial obligations and opportunities.
    Students like Chloë Mungo soon found themselves scrambling to make ends meet amid credit card debt, student loans, housing payments, car payments and insurance premiums.

  • Schools OK $121 million budget with tax increase

    The Lancaster County school board unanimously approved a $121.4 million budget for fiscal 2019-20 Tuesday night, including pay raises for school staff and a slight tax hike.
    With expenditures budgeted to exceed revenues by $5.4 million, the board decided to balance the budget with money from its general fund, which holds $23.9 million.
    School Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said the district predicts an overage in expenditures each year, but it hasn’t actually had to dip into its savings in the past half decade.

  • Discovery School learns gardening

    Twenty excited students ran around six raised garden beds in the courtyard at Discovery School on May 22. One stopped to look at a tender new plant and shouted, “I planted that.”
    The young gardeners were delighted to see the fruits of their labor that began in early March.

  • Platts new director of S.C. Arts Commission

    After serving the Lancaster County School District for 15 years, arts and science coordinator David Platts has been named executive director of the S.C. Arts Commission.  
    On July 1, Platts will step in to lead the state agency in its effort to increase public participation in the arts.
    The commission provides grants, directs programs and forges partnerships in the areas of arts education, artist development and community arts development. During fiscal 2018, the commission awarded 398 grants totaling more than $4 million.

  • GRAD-ELATION!

    Lancaster County schools dished out diplomas by the hundreds Friday, rocketing 789 students into their futures – whether it be at a university, technical school or in the workforce.

  • Lancaster nursing grad wins state award

    Lancaster resident Brandie Hylton received the Palmetto Gold Nursing Award from the S.C. Nurses Foundation at its annual Nurse Recognition and Scholarship Gala last month in Columbia.
    The Palmetto Gold Award is presented for excellence in nursing practices and commitment to the profession. Hylton recently graduated from Northeastern Technical College with an associate degree in nursing. As part of the Palmetto Gold Nurse Award, she received a $1,500 scholarship check. 

  • Ecstatic adult-ed grads celebrate

    The Buford High School Multipurpose Building was the setting of a happy celebration Thursday night as several Lancaster Adult Education graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas and degrees, cheered on by friends and family members.
    Only a few of the 35 students graduating this year were able to attend the ceremony, but the celebration was just as joyous with the small number gathered.
    The Rev. Eddie Boykin was the commencement speaker for the occasion and congratulated the graduates on their accomplishments.