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Education

  • 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.

  • Schools: Parents no longer can just show up for lunch

    Parents will no longer be allowed to eat lunch with their children at Lancaster County schools whenever they choose, but will be welcome on specific days set aside by the school district.
    Safety Director Bryan Vaughn said that the district came to the decision to end the practice after a 2017-18 school year internal safety audit.
    “It wasn’t an arbitrary decision,” Vaughn said. “We’ve been discussing this for six to eight months, and getting input from teachers, administration and parents from schools.”

  • 2 IL students suspended after alleged threats

    Two Indian Land students, a 15-year-old at the high school and a 12-year-old middle schooler, have been suspended and recommended for expulsion after being accused of making violent threats while in school.
    The 15-year-old boy was overheard Wednesday saying, “I’m going to shoot up this f---ing school,” according to an initial report from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Schools iron out bus routes for 7,000 kids

    With 7,000 students riding buses the first week of school, the Lancaster County School District has been fielding complaints about late drop-off times and is working out route changes to solve the problems.
    “The latest I’ve heard of is 5:45 p.m. for the last child dropped off from high school, and they got on the bus at 4 p.m.,” said Bryan Vaughn, LCSD safety and transportation director. “In the first week of school, we always have high call volume.”

  • 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.”