• 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.

  • 150 school staffers train on new STEAM system

    Earth Wind and Fire’s upbeat “September” echoed through the new Lancaster High School multipurpose room Tuesday as 150 teachers and administrators got their groove on for the district’s STEAM training launch.
    “It was a fantastic event. Absolutely fantastic,” said LHS Principal Rosalyn Mood, who was one of 150 selected for the evening session. “There was just a lot of enthusiasm and passion for the profession.”
    David Shamble, principal of Indian Land High School, agreed.

  • Security increased at A.R. Rucker

    Beefed-up security and law enforcement personnel were on hand Thursday at A.R. Rucker Middle School in response to a rumored threat to the school.
    According to school district Safety Director Bryan Vaughn, students reported hearing that two eighth graders planned to bring weapons to the school. But neither school officials nor law enforcement could tie the students to any specific threat.

  • Shutdown will delay $400K payments each month to local school district

    The federal shutdown will delay the Lancaster County School District’s $400,000 monthly reimbursement for the free and reduced-price lunch program.
    A one-month delay would not be a problem, school officials said Thursday. But if the shutdown – now three weeks old – extends into February, they’ll have to start dipping into their reserves to keep the program going.
    The school district could fund the meals through March or April, said Tony Walker, LCSD chief financial officer.