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Education

  • Koch named drum major at Clemson

    Alex Koch of Indian Land was recently chosen as one of three drum majors who will lead the 2015-16 Clemson University Tiger Marching Band.
    Koch, who is majoring in business at Clemson, was the only sophomore chosen; the other two are both juniors.
    Koch, who plays the trombone, also served as drum major of the Warriors marching band while at Indian Land High School.
    Koch, a 2014 Indian Land High School graduate, is the son of Lisa and Phil Koch.

  • Warriors band had great 2014-15 season

    The Indian Land High School band finished its 2014-15 marching season with the “biggest” award given by the S.C. Band Directors Association each year – the Outstanding Performance Award.
    “The Outstanding Performance Award is the most prestigious award the SCBDA gives each year,” ILHS band director Matt Willis said.
    “The award recognizes those music programs that have performed at a high level, not only on the stage or on the field, but in every aspect of their music program.”  

  • Back to the Books

    by Reece Murphy, Chris Sardelli and Jane Alford
    Indian Land’s four schools opened their classroom doors Monday, Aug. 17, to about 3,600 students, loaded down with bookbags, lunch boxes and all manner of school supplies for the new year.
    While most of the schools principals reported a busy day with record numbers of students, few reported many tears or other troubles, except for some transportation issues.
    Harrisburg Elementary

  • School district honors its top educators

    A hush fell over the excited crowd of teachers, staff and administrators Aug. 11 as Mary Beth Mize took the stage at Lancaster County School District’s annual Celebrate Great Teaching event to explain the importance of anchor teachers.
    Standing in Lancaster High School’s gymnasium, Mize, a special education teacher at Buford Middle School, thanked the school district for naming her last year’s Middle School and District Celebrate Great Teaching winner.

  • School Notes 8-26-15

    Cadets make The Citadel dean’s list
    Area members of The Citadel South Carolina Corps of Cadets earned top honors in the spring 2015 semester. Dean’s list recognition is given to cadets registered for 12 or more semester hours whose grade-point average is 3.2 or higher with no grade below a C for the previous semester’s work.

  • Students head back to school Monday

    As summer winds down and vacations come to an end, Indian Land parents and students are gearing up for the new school year, which begins Monday, Aug. 17.

  • District upgrades school security

    Bryan Vaughn has plenty to say about a slew of  recent security upgrades at facilities throughout the Lancaster County School District.
    As the district’s safety and transportation director, Vaughn toured several of the county’s schools in late May to check the status of those upgrades, from glass partitions inside each school’s office to high-tech video camera systems accessible at the click of a button.
    The idea, he said, is to make access difficult for anyone who isn’t supposed to be inside school buildings.

  • Countdown to Kindergarten

    from Lancaster County First Steps
    Lancaster County First Steps has been working with rising kindergartners throughout the summer in order to prepare them for the upcoming school year.
    The Countdown to Kindergarten program began in June and will end just prior to school starting Monday, Aug. 17.  

  • School Notes 8-12-15

    IL York Tech offers accelerated program
    York Technical College will offer a new Accelerated College Experience program at its off-campus center in Indian Land, beginning in this fall.
    The Indian Land ACE program offers students the opportunity to complete courses for an associate degree in four semesters. The classes will be a combination of traditional classroom instruction, online and hybrid courses, which combine the traditional and online formats.

  • ILMS expansion project to begin in fall

    Construction on a planned expansion and renovation project at Indian Land Middle School, to accommodate a rise in the student population, is expected to begin later this year, school district officials say.
    Lancaster County School District Facilities Director David Small confirmed July 29 that preliminary design work is complete and plans are being reviewed by the S.C. Department of Education’s Office of School Facilities.