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Education

  • School bells ring!

    The starting gun sounded Monday morning and 13,000 Lancaster County students filled the halls of 23 schools, as the district hit its mark for wrapping up construction projects just in time and the first days of classes had no major hitches.
    The new Van Wyck Elementary School opened to much excitement, with the finishing touch of 35-mph flashing speed-zone signs installed over the weekend to slow the traffic along busy U.S. 521.

  • Native artisan Beckee Garris is NASC's new artist-in-residence

    Ashley Lowrimore

    For The Lancaster News

    Traditional artist Beckee Garris will appear at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center as artist-in-residence through December, demonstrating pottery and basket-making techniques and sharing Catawba oral histories and traditions.

    A member of the Catawba Indian Nation, Garris will alternate weekends making pottery and two different types of basket forms from reeds and long leaf pine needles.

  • VWES teachers show up for work

    Cars and pickups, their doors open and tailgates down, lined the driveway of the new Van Wyck Elementary School on Monday as teachers unloaded classroom contents on their first day in the new building.
    “It’s everything from moving into the room, decorating and organizing the room, and then curriculum comes next. We’re just trying to get the room ready for kids,” said fourth-grade teacher Shannon Wilson. “It’s exciting, very exciting. The building is beautiful, and it’s a nice new space.”

  • Rowdy teachers raise the roooof!

    More than 1,300 teachers packed Lancaster High School’s gym Tuesday to celebrate the previous year’s hard work, recognize four outstanding teachers and kick off the new year with the district’s largest teacher pep rally.
    Lauren Watts from Harrisburg Elementary, Leslie Parker from Kershaw Elementary, Kimberly Sowell from South Middle and Lisa Knox from Indian Land High were picked from 200 nominees to receive this year’s Celebrate Great Teaching Awards.
    Knox, the high school and district-wide award recipient, was humbled by the experience.

  • IL’s ambassador of physical education

    INDIAN LAND – Jerry Honeycutt is on a quest, determined to turn the notion of public-school physical education on its ear.
    In an era when schools are placing increased emphasis on areas such as math, science and technology to help build a competitive future workforce, PE classes may often be overlooked and undervalued – perhaps even eliminated entirely.
    But according to Honeycutt, head PE coach at Indian Land High School, physical education can be so much more than kids idly shooting baskets in the gym, the occasional softball game, and an easy A.

  • On school board, Parker, Dabney face opponents

    The school board election is heating up, with incumbents Janice Dabney and Chairman Bobby Parker facing challenges from two political newcomers.
    Lancaster natives Melissa Jones-Horton and John Mahaffey have filed to be on the Nov. 6 ballot – Jones-Horton for Dabney’s District 5 seat and Mahaffey against Parker in District 3.
    “I just think there needs to be a change,” Mahaffey said Thursday. “If you’re not willing to make a change, everything always stays the same. I think that we’ve got room for improvement.”

  • Finding her niche

    If you’re lucky, sometime during your education you latch onto a mentor, a person who opens your eyes to something you would have never seen, perhaps changing your path in life.
    That’s what happened to Ashley Parker, a senior at USC Lancaster, this summer when she got an internship in the office of Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese.
    “I didn’t know there was such thing as a coroner,” Parker said. “I thought they just came and got the bodies. I didn’t know what they did and the responsibility they have.

  • Moving day for LHS administrators

    After major construction delays on multiple bond-referendum projects, Lancaster High School administrators are finally moving into their new office space.
    “Oh goodness, it’s like Christmas,” said an excited Rosalyn Mood, principal at LHS. “It gives the school a whole new look.
    “It’s so much easier to give directions now. It’s much more accessible, not only for our students and parents, but also for our visitors. It’s a whole new feel – like getting your house done over,” she said.

  • LCSD combats teacher shortage

    As Lancaster County schools rush to complete major construction projects for the start of the school year, one thing worries Superintendent Jonathan Phipps even more – a shortage of teachers.
    Going into this fall, the Lancaster County School District faced nearly 300 openings among 1,005 teaching positions.

  • Schools OK spending plan

    The school board Tuesday night unanimously passed a $110.6 million budget for fiscal 2018-19 that includes pay raises and an increase in per-pupil funding.
    The budget, which is up $7.9 million from this year, has a 1-percent raise for all Lancaster County School District employees except substitute teachers and miscellaneous hourly workers.
    Homeowners will see a property tax decrease from the budget, but there’s a tax increase for business owners.