• Spearman declares emergency in Sumter School District

    From release

    COLUMBIA – State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman has declared a fiscal emergency in the Sumter School District due to noncompliance with the district’s financial recovery plan.

  • Much later start time likely at new ILHS

    In addition to its gleaming new buildings and vast athletic facilities, the new Indian Land High School probably will have something else radically different from the status quo – a much later start time.
    The proposed schedule change was to be discussed at Saturday’s school board planning meeting. It would push back the start time at the new high school by 35 minutes to 9:05 a.m., a result of bus-transportation issues caused by separating the high school from the middle school.

  • Fundraising dance night exceeds all expectations

    Local celebs and Andrew Jackson students twirled their hearts out at Saturday night’s sold-out Dancing With The Stars and raised $25,000 for local arts programs – topping last year’s total by more than $10,000.
    “It was just completely overwhelming,” said Ashley Collins, the program’s executive director. “This year’s dancers were so energetic and committed to the cause, and so many people came out to support them.

  • National award for librarian Kendrick at USCL

    USC Lancaster’s Kaetrena Davis Kendrick has been named the nation’s top academic/research librarian, the first small-college faculty member ever to win the prestigious honor.
    Kendrick got the news last Wednesday that she will receive the 2019 Librarian of the Year award from the 10,000-member Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.
    She said she was shocked and a little overwhelmed.

  • IL 6th grader Allison Basik wins county spelling bee

    Allison Basik of Indian Land Middle School took the top prize at Tuesday’s Lancaster County spelling bee, competing with 16 other elementary and middle-school students.
    Her winning word: vibrato.
    Indian Land dominated the Lancaster County School District Spelling Bee, with Allison winning and Nicole De Oliveira from Harrisburg Elementary taking second place.

  • Newton bill would strike school fees for Catawbas

    Rep. Brandon Newton has filed a bill to revoke a defunct state law regarding access to public education by Catawba Indians.
    Starting in 1993, the tribe was required to pay a fee for sending students to Lancaster County schools, similar to the fees paid by out-of-county students who want to attend LCSD campuses.
    The fee was part of a 1993 settlement that ended the tribe’s decades-long dispute with the state and federal governments over 144,000 acres in Lancaster and York counties that the state took from the tribe without compensation in 1840. 

  • Lucas rolls out education reform

    Thursday was a big day for S.C. schools as House Speaker Jay Lucas, along with 18 other lawmakers, introduced the bipartisan South Carolina Career Opportunity and Access for All Act – a massive overhaul of the state’s education system.
    “It is time for transformative change in South Carolina’s education system. These bills take a holistic approach to fixing the system that has left us behind,” Lucas said in a statement issued by his office.

  • Business primer for Lancaster 5th graders

    Discovery School fifth graders boarded buses Jan. 10 and headed for downtown Charlotte to spend a day immersed in the business world.
    The “Junior Achievement Biztown” economic simulation was designed to teach students about how business works, and how different businesses connect to the wider economy.
    Junior Achievement is a nationwide, nonprofit organization that develops programs to foster economic and financial literacy for K-12 students. The same “Biztown” program is also used at the high school level.

  • Corporate flap might affect Remind app

    Remind, the county schools’ emergency-notification provider, plans to discontinue sending text alerts to Verizon customers because of a dispute with the cellular giant.
    As of Jan. 28, Verizon customers will no longer receive text messages from the Remind app, a critical component of the Lancaster County School District’s emergency-response system for the past year.

  • Top spellers compete tonight

    Kierstyn Drayton of New Height Middle School and Raegan Griggs of Plainview Elementary carry a slight advantage into tonight’s Chesterfield County Schools Spelling Bee.
    They were there last year.
    Neither won, that honor went to Jackson Morris, then an eighth-grader at McBee High School, who  correctly spelled “sonata.”
    The district bee begins at 6 p.m. at the Palmetto Learning Center in Chesterfield.