• VWES move-in day

    Cars and pickups, their doors open and tailgates down, lined the driveway of the new Van Wyck Elementary School on Monday as teachers unloaded classroom contents on their first day in the new building.
    “It’s everything from moving into the room, decorating and organizing the room, and then curriculum comes next. We’re just trying to get the room ready for kids,” said fourth-grade teacher Shannon Wilson. “It’s exciting, very exciting. The building is beautiful, and it’s a nice new space.”

  • New school opens with old name

    The new school just built in Lancaster County School District has an old name.
    Van Wyck Elementary, set to open to students Aug. 20 despite major delays, will be the third school named after the once-bustling railroad community well known for its brick manufacturing.
    Settled in the 1750s, Van Wyck was named by the wife of a Seaboard Railroad official in 1887. Before that, the area was called by three different names – Cocheeco, Little Waxhaw and Heaths. 

  • New school filling up with furnishings

    Furniture lined the lobby, halls and classrooms of the new Van Wyck Elementary School as it entered the final steps before opening to teachers Monday, Aug. 13.
    “We’ve taken care of the deficiencies from the inspection, so we’re clear on that,” said David Small, facilities director for Lancaster County School District. “Furniture will be 100 percent complete by tomorrow (Friday), and we’re going to clean and wax the hallways and classrooms on Saturday.”

  • School Notes 8-15-18

    6th-, 9th grade orientation Aug. 17
    Sixth- and ninth-graders should attend orientation at their schools 8:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 17.
    Lunch will be served.
    Buses will run on scaled-down routes. If a student needs transportation on that day, call (803) 285- 6009 or email Donna.Faile@lcsdmail.net.

  • New school gets thumbs-up

    Inspectors eyeballed every inch of Van Wyck Elementary School on Thursday, Aug. 2, and liked what they saw, but returned Monday to complete the building inspection that allows the school district to occupy the facility.
    Officials weren’t able to check the fire-alarm system in the school, which was still being installed. David Small, Lancaster County School District facilities director, was thankful to have the extra time. 

  • McCorkle won’t run for 4th term on school board

    Don McCorkle will not seek a fourth term on the Lancaster County school board.
    “I’ve been on long enough, and it’s just time,” said McCorkle, who represents Indian Land on the board, along with Melvin Stroble.
    “I’m sure someone will come along who can represent the residents in District 7 well,” he said last week. 
    Filing opened at noon Aug. 1 for four local nonpartisan school board seats (Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7) in the Nov. 6 general election.

  • IL's ambassador of physical education

    Jerry Honeycutt is on a quest, determined to turn the notion of public-school physical education on its ear.
    In an era when schools are placing increased emphasis on areas such as math, science and technology to help build a competitive future workforce, PE classes may often be overlooked and undervalued – perhaps even eliminated entirely.
    But according to Honeycutt, head PE coach at Indian Land High School, physical education can be so much more than kids idly shooting baskets in the gym, the occasional softball game, and an easy A.

  • There's still time to register for school

    It's not too late to register your child for school in Lancaster County School District.

    Here's what you need to know by school level for Indina Land and Van Wyck area schools.

    HES, ILES and VWES
    Only students new to the district and kindergartners need to register 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday at Harrisburg, Indian Land and Van Wyck elementary schools. VWES students should register in the media center at ILES. Teacher assignments will be emailed to returning students Aug. 10.

  • School Notes 8-8-18

    Back to School Bash set
    The second annual Lancaster Back to School Bash, sponsored by area churches and individuals, is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 11 at USC Lancaster’s Bradley Building, 476 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster.
    Free shoes, backpacks, school supplies, haircuts and food provided. Students and volunteers should register at www.lancasterbacktoschoolbash. com.

    Back-2-School Bash

  • District combats teacher shortage

    As Lancaster County schools rush to complete major construction projects for the start of the school year, one thing worries Superintendent Jonathan Phipps even more – a shortage of teachers.
    Going into this school year, Lancaster County School District faced more than 160 openings among 1,005 teaching positions.
    The district has hired 147 teachers – “the most we’ve ever had,” Phipps said.
    Overall, the district has hired 245 employees for this school year, with only 15 more teacher openings to be filled.