• 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.

  • GSSM programs accepting applications

    from S.C. Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics
    Hartsville – The S.C. Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) in Hartsville is now accepting applications for its residential and virtual programs.

  • School Notes 1-9-19

    Apply now for Sims Foundation internship
    The J. Marion Sims Foundation in Lancaster has opened its competitive internship application for summer 2019.
    “Interning with the foundation allowed me to work closely with experienced professionals to make a difference in my hometown and opened my eyes to philanthropy,” said Abigayle Morrison, business development and marketing specialist at E4E Relief in Charlotte, which provides employee relief and emergency assistance funds.

  • District targets ‘rampant’ vaping by students

    Lancaster County School District started random metal-detector scans last year to target weapons, but the contraband turning up most is e-cigarettes.
    “We’ve had about 51 instances since the beginning of school,” said LCSD Safety Director Bryan Vaughn. “Vaporizers are rampant in schools.”
    Vaporizers, or electronic cigarettes, have become common in the last decade, marketed as a way to help smokers kick the habit.

  • ILHS teams bring Christmas cheer

    The Indian Land High School baseball teams left the diamond the weekend before Christmas to bring some holiday cheer to a struggling family in their community.
    Third baseman/pitcher Jay Hildreth, 18, headed up the effort, inspired by his parents and grandparents, who have been working with Serving Our Neighbors, a nonprofit devoted to helping families who have fallen on hard times or undergone a recent tragedy.  
    Hildreth went to his coach, Joey Robinson, in October to tell him that he wanted to give back to the community with the help of his baseball team.

  • School Notes 1-2-19

    Schools close for winter break
    Lancaster County public schools, including Harrisburg, Indian Land and Van Wyck elementaries and Indian Land Middle and High schools, are closed through Jan. 6 for winter break. Classes will resume Jan. 7.
    Student film festival entries due by Jan. 7
    The Doko Film Fest, a competitive showcase event featuring the work of student filmmakers ages 15 to 18, is taking entries.

  • ILHS construction on schedule despite rain

    The Lancaster County School District’s construction projects are moving ahead as scheduled, with only minor delays due to this past month’s frequent rains.
    Contractors have been working extra hours to keep the schedules on track.
    “They’re working weekends and overtime to make up for the weather days,” said LCSD Facilities Director David Small.
    At the new Indian Land High School site, rock removal has also contributed to construction delays with more rocks having to be removed than anticipated.