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Education

  • Cost estimates too low for sidewalks near IL Middle

    Lancaster County and school district officials may have to start over on a plan to build sidewalks near Indian Land Middle School on River Road.
    County Administrator Steve Willis told Lancaster County Council members April 9 that S.C. Department of Transportation cost estimates for the project were too low.
    “They gave us inaccurate cost data,” Willis said. “It should’ve been more, but I don’t have the final figures yet.”

  • School Notes: April 18, 2018

    Report cards issued
    The fifth-six-week report cards will be issued to all elementary school students on April 18.

    Kindergarten informational meetings
    ◆ Parents of incoming Harrisburg Elementary kindergarteners are invited to attend an informational meeting at 6 p.m. April 19 at the school, 10521 Harrisburg Road.
    ◆ Indian Land Elementary new kindergartners’ open house is 6 p.m. April 19. Parents and students may meet in the cafeteria and tour the school, 4137 Doby’s Bridge Road.

  • Schools adopt text-alert system for emergencies

    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 gives 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.

  • School Notes 4-11-18

    Kindergarten, new student registration 

    Kindergarten and new student registration is under way at Lancaster County schools for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. 

    New students at both Indian Land Elementary School and Van Wyck Elementary School will register at Indian Land Elementary, 4137 Doby’s Bridge Road.

    Start the registration process online at http://iles.lancastercsd.com. 

  • Harrisburg Elementary Honor Rolls

    Harrisburg Elementary Elementary School has released its first semester honor roll for the 2017-18 school year. The following students made the honor roll:

    Second grade
    All A’s

  • School Notes 4-4-18

    LCSD to close for spring holidays

    All Lancaster County schools will be closed April 9-13 for spring break.

    Apply now for Rotary Club scholarship

    Indian Land High School seniors may apply for the 2018 Indian Land Rotary Club Scholarship until April 21. 

    All applicants must be eligible to graduate in May 2018, have accepted a 2- to 4- year college or technical school and have at least a 2.5 grade-point average. 

  • School Notes 3-28-18

    Local students win District Science Fair

    Lancaster County School District awarded its 2018 Science Fair winners March 5 at USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium. Fair winners included the following Indian Land students:

    - Fourth-graders Lena Shelton from Harrisburg Elementary School in first place and Mason Long from Indian Land Elementary in third

    - Fifth-graders Jackson Franck from Harrisburg in first place and Mena Lynn from Indian Land in second 

  • New school changes its mascot

    The mascot of the new Van Wyck Elementary School will be the Eagles rather than the Braves, after the Catawba Indian Nation and other community members objected to the school board’s initial choice.
    The board voted unanimously March 20 to change the mascot after a meeting with Catawba Chief Bill Harris and the school’s naming committee.
    “[We] realized our effort to honor and pay tribute to the Catawbas would actually do the opposite,” said Superintendent Jonathan Phipps.

  • Crook dances into history

    Senior Jessica Crook is not only the first Indian Land High School student to receive a dance scholarship to Limestone College, but also the first to earn a spot on the school’s dance team.
    In early March, Crook signed with the Gaffney-area college for a scholarship that will cover partial costs for her four years of education.

  • New rules set for advancing to next grade

    The Lancaster County school board has changed the requirements for high school students to advance to the next grade level, hoping to prevent anyone from finishing 12th grade without being able to graduate.
    The board voted unanimously to revert to the district’s previous policy from 13 years ago, which requires completion of certain math and English courses for a student to move to the next grade.