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Education

  • County schools restrict entries

    All Lancaster County school lobbies have been reconfigured to prevent unauthorized entry, school officials said Thursday, Feb. 15, and one-button lockdowns are in place at all Indian Land and Buford campuses.
    Lancaster and Kershaw schools are still receiving the security upgrades that are part of the $199 million bond issue approved by voters in 2016. The improvements include new classroom doors that can be secured from the inside.

  • School Notes 2-7-18

    Local student to study in Canada

    Clemson University College of Agriculture student Anna Scott of Lancaster will spend her spring 2018 semester studying in Canada through a Killam Fellowship. Scott will attend the University of Calgary. She is enrolled in Clemson’s plant and environmental sciences program.

    ILMS students go bowling this week

  • Board awards $90.4M bid for new high school

    Lancaster County school board voted on a bid Saturday, Feb. 3, agreeing to pay $90.4 million for the new Indian Land High School.
    The board intends to award the bid to Cleveland Construction of Charlotte after a 15-day protest period for other bidders.
    The bid includes alternates, which means more classrooms that will allow the school to open for 2,000 students instead of 1,600 as initially planned.
    Dr. Jonathan Phipps, Lancaster County School District superintendent, said including alternates will be a “big plus” in the project.

  • School district's gifted-and-talented program expanding

    Lancaster County School District’s gifted-and-talented program will expand over the next four years from a project based at Discovery School to one in each elementary school.
    The new structure will place a gifted-and-talented teacher at each elementary to teach students and train other teachers in strategies for advanced students.
    Tom McDuffie, gifted-and-talented coordinator, said it will make life simpler.
    “It’s going to be more economical in the long run, because we won’t have to pay for transportation,” McDuffie said.

  • New Gold Card lets seniors get in free at school sports events

    If you’re 65 or older and enjoy Lancaster County sports, you’re in luck.
    Lancaster County School District is now offering a sporting event pass called a Gold Card that will allow all senior citizens to attend school athletic events for free.
    “We’re excited to begin this program this year,” said LCSD Superintendent Jonathan Phipps. “We believe it’s a great way to thank our seniors for all they do for our students and a great tool for increasing senior citizen support for our schools.”

  • Stifling nerves, 4th-grader spells ‘rupture’ to win bee

    Buford Elementary fourth-grader Bryce Bridges, drafted into the county spelling bee when his school’s winner got sick, won the championship Thursday, Feb. 1, and beamed at his good fortune.
    “Rupture” was the word that’s taking Bryce to the regional spelling bee in Charlotte on Feb. 19.
    Bryce, his school’s alternate, found out Jan. 29 that he would be competing in the bee in place of the school’s winner, who was sick.
    “I was nervous,” he said after the victory. “I just don’t know how I won.”

  • School Notes 1-31-18

    ILMS students visit Career Center 

    Indian Land Middle School eighth-graders will visit the Career Center at Lancaster High School this week. Team 1 will visit on Jan. 31 and Team 2 on Feb. 1. Both visits will be  8:30-11 a.m.

    ILES field trip to Charleston Jan. 31

    Indian Land Elementary School students will travel to Charleston on a field trip Jan. 31.

    ILMS art field trip Feb. 1

  • 300 respond to new school survey

    More than 300 people have given the Lancaster County School District input on naming the new Panhandle elementary school and selecting colors and a mascot.
    In the online survey, which is now finished, popular names included Andrew Jackson Elementary, Catawba Elementary, Charles Duke Elementary, Creekside Elementary, Osceola Elementary, Pleasant Valley Elementary, Van Wyck Elementary and Walnut Creek Elementary.
    Dr. Jonathan Phipps, LCSD superintendent, said it’s important for a community to feel like it “owns” its schools.

  • School Notes 1-24-18

    IL students honored for MLK essays

    Three Indian Land students received honorable mentions in Lancaster’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest. They were Indian Land Middle School eighth-grader Bella Sikorski and Indian Land High School seniors Alaina Houghtaling and Jordan Mercer.

    Phipps at Harrisburg PTO meeting Jan. 25

    Harrisburg Elementary School’s PTO meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 will feature Dr. Jonathan Phipps. Parents will get to meet the school district superintendent and ask him questions.

  • School board sees new attendance zone plan

    Building a new school in the Panhandle calls for attendance zones to be redrawn.
    That means some Harrisburg Elementary School students will be moved to Indian Land Elementary School and some ILES students will be going to the new Panhandle elementary school to the south.
    Three proposed attendance lines for the Panhandle were presented to the school board Jan. 16.