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Education

  • 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.

  • Teachers’ shirts spell out messages to kids

    Lancaster High School teachers celebrated teacher appreciation week by giving a little appreciation and encouragement back to their students.
    Each day of the week, they had an activity to celebrate. One day was hat day and on Thursday it was Scrabble day.
    Each department at the school created a message for students and wore a Scrabble letter cutout, or a shirt with the letter to school. When all the teachers stood together, it would spell their message out.

  • 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.

  • Beth Blum returns to LCSD, this time at Brooklyn Springs

    Beth Blum is back.
    The longtime Indian Land Elementary School principal, who retired in May, has changed her mind and will return to the school district as principal of Brooklyn Springs Elementary.
    “They gave me an opportunity to come back… so I did,” Blum said Thursday. “I’m glad to be here, and lots of teachers have already come over to see me. It’s a wonderful opportunity.
    “And I’m only 52. I’m too young to retire,” she joked.
    And the school district is happy to have her back.

  • Life-or-death moments await trainees at S.C. Fire Academy

    A small group of firefighters, already drenched in sweat from the heat outdoors, run headfirst into an even hotter burning building, wearing full turnout gear and carrying a heavy hose filled with water.
    Working together using quick, precise movements, they blast water onto the blaze, as if they’ve been doing this for years.
    But they’re 17- and 18-year-old rookie firefighting trainees, still in high school.

  • USCL is reaching out to IL this fall

    USC Lancaster is expanding to a satellite location in Indian Land, offering several courses at Indian Land High School this fall.
    “Over the years we have really worked hard to reach out to the Indian Land community,” USCL Dean Walt Collins said Thursday. “We’re just excited, very excited, to be in Indian Land and have a presence here.
    “We want to help students be successful – whatever students that come our way.”

  • ‘Overnight, his life changed’

    Deontee Patterson is one of the 330 seniors graduating from Lancaster High School this week, but he won’t be walking across the stage with his classmates at tonight’s commencement.

    Patterson, 17, got his diploma May 1 in a personal delivery from Principal Rosalyn Mood and other LHS staffers, who visited him in his room at Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte.
    Patterson has spent the past three months at Levine, fighting anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, a rare blood cancer that’s most common in young people – usually boys.

  • Adult Education graduation date incorrect

    The graduation section in Wednesday’s paper misstated the date of the Lancaster County School District’s adult education graduation ceremony and the number of grads getting diplomas. The ceremony is today, May 23, at 6 p.m. at the Barr Street Learning Center’s multi-purpose room. Thirty-five adult ed students will graduate.


  • AJ's Mr. Dependable: Semaj Digby never missed a school day

    Let’s invent the senior superlative Most Likely To Show Up When He’s Supposed To. The winner is Semaj Digby.

    The Andrew Jackson High School senior has achieved 12 years of perfect attendance, and is the only graduate in the Lancaster County School District to do so this year. 

    He has not missed one day of school since he started kindergarten at North Elementary School, moved on to A.R. Rucker Middle School and now finishes four years at AJHS.