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Education

  • 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.

  • 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.