• Local state report card grades decline

    S.C. school report cards are out, and the results aren’t flattering for Lancaster County.
    The Lancaster County School District saw eight out of 20 schools’ ratings decline, including three of the four high schools, with nine schools showing no change and two getting a higher rating.
    The state brought back its rating of individual schools –excellent, good, average or below average – in the 2018 report card. The last time the state issued those ratings was in the 2014 report.

  • ILHS PTO teams with Waxhaw Lions to change lives, one pair at a time

    From release
    Two local women never expected the overwhelming donation of used eyeglasses, hearing aids and ink cartridges when they initially exchanged an email in August.

  • School Notes 12-12-18

    Bishop makes EC president’s list
    Brianna Bishop of Indian Land was named to the president’s list for the fall semester at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga. To be named to the presidents list, a full-time student must earn a quality-point average of 4.0 during the semester.
    Schools perform holiday shows
    Two local schools will present holiday shows Dec. 13.
    Harrisburg Elementary third-graders will present their holiday performance at 6 p.m. in the gym.

  • Schools, county on another 2-hour delay Tuesday


    The Lancaster County School District, USC-Lancaster and Lancaster County will operate on another two-hour delay Tuesday, Dec. 11, due to concerns of black ice formation Monday night into early Tuesday morning.

  • No more cheap facility rentals at local schools

    Lancaster County School District has raised rental fees it charges the public for using school facilities – up to a tenfold increase – saying that under the old rates taxpayers were inappropriately subsidizing private groups.
    At the Nov. 13 school board meeting, the board unanimously approved raising rates for facility rentals across the district. The last time the rates were changed was in 1999.

  • School Notes 12-5-18

    Scott inducted into Phi Kappa Phi
    Grace Scott of Lancaster was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Scott is pursuing a nursing degree at Clemson University.
    Membership in Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership.

  • Executives sample Discovery Education

    More than 100 Lancaster County business owners and executives gathered at Second Baptist Church on Nov. 8 to explore the Lancaster County School District’s newest partnership – Discovery Education.
    “We’re letting the community know our vision and goals for education,” said LCSD Superintendent Jonathan Phipps. “We want to have better partnerships with the community, seeing schools ready for kids to get going to work.
    “Part of the things we need to ask is, are we teaching kids what they need to know in the workforce?”

  • School Notes 11-28-18

    VWES cafeteria earns perfect score
    Van Wyck Elementary was one of 11 Lancaster County School District cafeteria kitchens that received 100 percent scores during inspections by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
    Receiving 100 percent is a difficult task, according to school district food services director Angela McCrorey.

  • Crackdown on passing school buses

    The Lancaster County School District is installing cameras on school bus stop signs to catch drivers illegally passing buses whose lights are flashing and stop signs are extended.
    “The bus stop arm cameras help us send a strong message that we’ll do whatever it takes to catch people who put our students at risk,” Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said.

  • USCL forms community partnerships

    USC Lancaster has formed its first Town-Gown Advisory Council, in an effort to encourage more partnerships with the community and create collaborative opportunities.
    “USC Lancaster has always benefitted from tremendous community support, and we want to continue to enhance, to steward, and to grow that support,” said Dr. Walt Collins, dean of the regional university campus. “For example, there are many opportunities to connect our students more effectively with community partners for internships and other learning experiences.”