• House speaker rolls out state education reform

    Jan. 24 was a big day for South Carolina schools as S.C. 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.

  • Newton bill would strike school fees for Catawbas

    S.C. District 45 House 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.

  • School Notes 1-30-19

    Career Center open house Jan. 31
    Lancaster County Career Center, 625 Normandy Road, Lancaster, will host an open house/parent and student night 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 31. Lancaster County eighth- and ninth-graders and their parents are encouraged to attend.
    The career center’s CATE (Career and Technology Education) programs will be showcased. Students will learn about the skill sets they can build at the career center in high school and take a tour of the center.
    Hot dogs, chips/raw fries and a drink will be served.

  • 150 staffers train on STEAM system

    Earth Wind and Fire’s upbeat “September” echoed through the new Lancaster High School multipurpose room Jan. 8 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.

  • ILHS teams win VEX robotics tourney

    by David Bender/Special to Carolina Gateway
    An alliance of Indian Land High School’s two robotics teams won the Dec. 1 VEX robotics tournament at Clover Middle School.
    The Indian Land teams competed against 16 teams from schools across the state.
    After each team played five qualifying rounds, Indian Land’s Team B was ranked first with a 4-1 record. IL’s Team A ranked fourth with a 2-1-2 record.
    The Indian Land teams formed an alliance to compete against nine other alliances in the elimination tournament rounds.

  • School Notes 1-23-19

    ILES dine-out night at Moe’s Jan. 23
    The Indian Land Elementary School PTO will hold a dine-out night beginning at 5 p.m. Jan. 23 at Moe’s Southwest Grill, 9623 Redstone Drive, Suite 100, Indian Land. A portion of proceeds from sales that evening go back to the school.
    LCSD report cards come out Jan. 24
    Report cards will be issued Jan. 24 for students in all grade levels in Lancaster County School District.
    ILMS holds meeting for rising freshmen

  • Shutdown will delay $400K monthly lunch payments to 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.

  • North Star fosters lifelong learners

    by Stephanie Jadrnicek for Carolina Gatewa
    When Cat Maas was pregnant with her first child, she began considering her daughter’s future school options. She didn’t think public school was the right fit for her family, and she longed for an educational setting with more freedom and creativity.  
    “We were looking at a Montessori school,” Maas said. “From there, I started learning more about Montessori and was introduced to Waldorf education. I knew that’s what I wanted for my children – a Waldorf education.”

  • School Notes 1-16-19

    Price makes Georgia president’s list
    Kayla Price of Indian Land has completed courses with exemplary marks to make the president’s list for the 2018 fall semester at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Ga.
    Bishop makes dean’s list at Queens
    Summer Bishop, 2018 Indian Land High School valedictorian, made the dean’s list at Queens University of Charlotte, after earning a 4.0 grade-point average in the fall 2018 semester.

  • Drivers illegally passing stopped school buses

    At 5 a.m. each school day, Becky Williams pulls into the bus lot behind Indian Land Elementary School, parks, grabs her warm thermos of coffee and gets out.
    As supervisor at the Indian Land-area bus office, Williams usually works behind a desk. But on this cold December morning she will be behind the wheel of Bus No. 2, filling in for a sick driver.
    The sun isn’t up and the early-morning temperatures hover in the low 30s.
    As she walks to her bus, the clacking sound of diesel engines echoes across the lot as other drivers crank up their buses.