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Education

  • Local school registration dates set

    Lancaster County School District has set registration dates for the 2018-19 school year.
    No general school fees will be charged this year, although fees may be charged for activities such as band, driver education, clubs and yearbooks.
    School insurance will not be sold during registration.
    New students must bring this info

  • School Notes 7-18-18

    USC Lancaster posts honors lists
    The University of South Carolina Lancaster recognizes academic achievement with the president’s honor roll and dean’s list. The president’s honor roll automatically qualifies a student for the dean’s list.
    President’s honor roll  
    Local USCL students on the president’s honor roll include:
    Fort Mill: Kaitlin Savannah Kirkley, Ionut Pupazan
    Indian Land: Gabrielle Heather Amster, Kevin Carol Labelle

  • Contractors scramble to finish VWES

    Van Wyck Elementary School will be complete come hell or high water, as workers put in multiple hours of overtime to get the school ready for the new year.
    And it won’t cost the Lancaster County School District an extra dime.
    “It’s the contractor’s responsibility to deliver on time,” said LCSD Facilities Director David Small. “And we’re on the back end pushing them to meet schedule. Guys are working around the clock, working on weekends and…the Fourth of July.”

  • School Notes 7-11-18

    Area students make Clemson dean’s list
    Thirty-one area residents have been named to the dean’s list at Clemson University for the spring 2018 semester.
    To be named to the dean’s list, a student must achieve a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.
    They include, along with their majors:
    Fort Mill
    • Caitlin Ann Barkley, biological sciences
    • Daniel H. Beamer, computer science

  • New school way behind schedule

    Van Wyck Elementary School, which was originally supposed to be finished by June 8, won’t be ready for building inspections until at least Aug. 2, and school officials are worried about it being completed by the start of the school year.
    Jimmy Wilhide, senior architect with Moseley Architects of Charlotte, blames a lack of contractors and large amounts of rain at the worksite this year.

  • School board OKs $110M spending plan

    Lancaster County school board June 26 unanimously passed a $110.6 million budget for fiscal 2018-19 that includes pay raises and an increase in per-pupil funding.
    The budget, which is up $7.9 million from this year, has a 1-percent raise for all Lancaster County School District employees except substitute teachers and miscellaneous hourly workers.
    Homeowners will see a property tax decrease from the budget, but there’s a tax increase for business owners.

  • New scholarship to reward good deeds

    From release
    A new scholarship opportunity, including a mentoring component, has been established for local high school juniors.
    The Lancaster County Good Samaritan Scholarship was founded in April by Lancaster native and retired business owner Marion Taylor.
    It is modeled after the Bill Maness Good Samaritan Scholarship Foundation of Atlanta, of which Taylor was a founding member.

  • School Notes 7-4-18

    Zeoli graduates from William & Mary
    Mary Zeoli graduated with a juris doctor degree from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

  • ILMS sidewalk project receives final approval

    The Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study committee (RFATS) gave final approval June 22 to a measure that will provide the additional funding to build a sidewalk near Indian Land High School.
    The sidewalk will be built on the northwest side of River Road.
    “The project will be a go sometime later this year. I just can’t tell you when,” said County Administrator Steve Willis, who attended the RFATS meeting.

  • Blum’s retirement was short-lived

    Beth Blum is back.
    The longtime Indian Land Elementary School principal, who retired in May, has changed her mind and will return to the school district as principal of Brooklyn Springs Elementary in Lancaster.
    “They gave me an opportunity to come back… so I did,” Blum said June 14. “I’m glad to be here, and lots of teachers have already come over to see me. It’s a wonderful opportunity.
    “And I’m only 52. I’m too young to retire,” she joked.