• School Notes 9-19-18

    GSSM accepts five county students
    Three Indian Land High School students have accepted invitations to attend the S.C. Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) in Hartsville.
    They are:
    • Kaitlyn Rodman, child of Mr. and Mrs. Jon Rodman
    • Jackie Schellberg, child of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schellberg
    • Rajat Sethi, child of Mr. and Ms. Rahul Sethi

  • No school Monday in Lancaster County

    by Mark Manicone and Greg Summers/reporters

  • False alarm on Sunday’s school alert

    The Lancaster County schools issued an alert Sunday about a report that a couple was telling people a van would pick up schoolchildren Monday morning, but it ended up being a false alarm caused by miscommunication between a bus driver and a resident.
    “Fortunately, it seems in this situation it was an honest mistake and miscommunication,” said school district Safety Director Bryan Vaughn.

  • New ILHS going green

    There’s red clay galore at construction sites across the Lancaster County School District these days, but the biggest project is going green.
    The new Indian Land High School, scheduled for completion in 2020, will be the district’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified school.
    “We’re very excited,” Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said. “It will save taxpayers money in the long run, which is always a positive. Responsibility-wise, it was a good thing to do.”

  • No more dropping in for lunch at schools

    Parents will no longer be allowed to eat lunch with their children at Lancaster County schools whenever they choose, but will be welcome on specific days set aside by the school district.
    Safety Director Bryan Vaughn said that the district came to the decision to end the practice after a 2017-18 school year internal safety audit.
    “It wasn’t an arbitrary decision,” Vaughn said. “We’ve been discussing this for six to eight months, and getting input from teachers, administration and parents from schools.”

  • School Notes 9-12-18

    Schools host Girls on the Run program
    Local elementary schools will host the Girls on the Run after-school program for grades three-five, with meetings as follows:
    • Harrisburg Elementary, 2-3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays or 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Indian Land Elementary, 2-3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays
    Registration is closed at both sites.
    For details, contact Lindy Morris at lindy.morris@girls ontherun.org or (803) 620-3036 or visit www.gotrtricountysc.org.

  • Schools get their own resource officers; county funds equipment

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile likes having certified resource officers at each county middle and high school campus for two reasons.
    Their addition not only bolsters school security, but supplements the sheriff’s staff in July and when the schools are out on break.
    “We’re lucky enough to have the school board approve paying the full salaries of all the officers. We get the benefit of working those officers six to eight weeks out of the year.”

  • School Notes 9-5-18

    Want to be a Girl Scout?
    Parents interested in signing their child up for Girl Scouts should attend an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 in the media center of Van Wyck Elementary School, 4945 Charlotte Highway, Van Wyck.

  • 2 IL students suspended after alleged threats

    Two Indian Land students, a 15-year-old at the high school and a 12-year-old middle-schooler, have been suspended and recommended for expulsion after being accused of making violent threats while in school.
    The 15-year-old boy was overheard Wednesday saying, “I’m going to shoot up this f---ing school,” according to an initial report from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • District irons out school bus issues

    With 7,000 students riding buses the first week of school, the Lancaster County School District has been fielding complaints about late drop-off times and is working out route changes to solve the problems.
    “The latest I’ve heard of is 5:45 p.m. for the last child dropped off from high school, and they got on the bus at 4 p.m.,” said Bryan Vaughn, school district safety and transportation director.
    “In the first week of school, we always have a high call volume,” he said.