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Education

  • Schools to make up missed days due to storm

    Make-up days have been assigned by the Lancaster County School District after Hurricane Florence closed schools Sept. 14 and 17.
    “We had leaks in buildings that never leaked before,” Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said. “The wind and blowing rain just caused problems that don’t normally happen.
    “To be honest it was kind of amazing how we got everything ready for Tuesday, and it speaks volumes to how our guys came together,” he said.  
    The district’s make-up days are Oct. 22 and Jan. 14.

  • School Notes 9-26-18

    GSSM accepts Brown from ILHS
    Indian Land High School junior Madison Brown has accepted an invitation to attend the S.C. Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) in Hartsville.
    Brown is the daughter of Joyce and Mark Brown of Indian Land. She is the granddaughter of Cynthia and Ted Hoover of Indian Land, Joseph K. Brown Sr. of South Orange, N.J., and Josephine  and Arthur Shoates of Monroe Township, N.J.

  • District bans unauthorized drone flights

    Lancaster County School District has prohibited the use of drones on school property, unless the operator first clears it with the school district and has a commercial drone license from the Federal Aviation Administration.
    “We always want to do all we can to keep our students, staff and visitors safe,” said Superintendent Jonathan Phipps in a LCSD release. “We can’t ignore the potential for a drone flown improperly to put people and property at risk.”

  • 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.”