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Education

  • Once, twice, sold

    It was a typical adrenaline-filled scene in the auction business – auctioneers rolling numbers off their tongues at unintelligible rates, and the audience shouting out bids in rapid succession.

    Except this time, those bidder’s yells came from second graders at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School.

    Auctioneers Larry Cauthen and Richard Patterson managed the rambunctious crowd in Teresa Guenther’s classroom, and Doug Barfield, from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, kept all the bidders civil. 

  • Deputies respond to rumor at Rucker

    Sheriff’s deputies showed up at A.R. Rucker Middle School Friday morning in response to rumors that someone was planning a shooting at the school.
    School district Safety and Transportation Director Bryan Vaughn said the rumors sparked an investigation but turned up no evidence.

  • Top-to-bottom overhaul done, AJMS reopens for excited kids

    Nearly two months after fire blackened Andrew Jackson Middle School, students, teachers and faculty jammed the halls again Tuesday morning, delighted to be back home.
    “It’s been wonderful to be back,” said Kelly Phillips, assistant principal at AJMS. “There’s been a lot of excitement in the air. A lot of people have been commenting on how bright the school looks and how clean the walls are.”
    Steve Mann, a seventh-grade math teacher, said everyone was relieved and eager to get back to normal.

  • Special-needs class getting all-out prom

    Erin Walker and Shana Beckham, teachers at Lancaster High School, have taken it upon themselves to give their special-needs class a prom night they won’t forget. 

    “They don’t get the experience everyone else does, like with a limo or anything. They go in a school bus,” Walker said. 

    Beckham agreed.

    “We wanted to make it like everyone else’s, and make it special,” Beckham said. 

  • Delay on Buford multipurpose building

    The Buford High School multipurpose building is 24 days behind schedule and will not be completed in time for graduation.

    The new target for completion is mid-June.

    School board Chairman Bobby Parker had promised his constituents that the room would be completed on time to be used for the class of 2018’s graduation. He was not pleased with the news. 

  • AJMS reopens Tuesday, new traffic pattern

    Andrew Jackson Middle School is reopening Tuesday, eight weeks after a fire that started in a janitor’s closet caused extensive damaged to the school. 

    “Tuesday, our students will walk into a shiny, refurbished Andrew Jackson Middle – thoroughly scrubbed, new paint, new ceiling tiles and like-new cafeteria,” Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said. 

  • Chris Timmons named AJMS principal

    The Lancaster County school board Tuesday night named Chris Timmons the next principal of Andrew Jackson Middle School, which should reopen next week after extensive fire repairs.
    “I’m beside myself, to be honest,” said Timmons, who will replace the retiring Daryl Hinson at the end of the school year.
    Timmons is currently the assistant principal at Buford High School. He was the assistant principal at Buford Middle School for eight years, before being moved to the high school in September 2017.

  • Native American Studies Center gets $10,000 donation

    USC Lancaster

    USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center has received a $10,000 donation from OceanaGold/Haile Operation, which will sponsor four speakers for the monthly Lunch and Learn programs, held the third Friday of each month in the center’s galleries.  
    The four Lunch and Learn programs include:
    April 20: Dr. Katherine Osburn, Arizona State University, “The ‘Identified Full-Bloods’ in Mississippi: Race and Choctaw Identity, 1898-1918.”

  • Schools adopt text-alert system

    The Lancaster County School District has installed a new emergency alert system that can send information to parents, teachers and students instantly via text message.
    “It’s very similar to what’s used on university campuses. That’s the model we’re after,” said Bryan Vaughn, the district’s safety director. “This give folks immediate info, and it’s good because I can access it anywhere… whether I’m on the side of the road, in a classroom or in the middle of a situation.

  • Oh, yuck! Sewer glitch earns Erwin kids day off

    Erwin Elementary School was closed for repairs Friday after a sewage backup the day before affected half the school.
    Two classrooms and the teacher’s conference room actually had raw sewage on the floors.
    “It really isn’t that bad. Our plumbers probably made a bigger mess trying to fix it” said school district Facilities Director David Small.