Education

Long process before new Chapin school materializes, citizens to be vigilant

The decision, Monday, to purchase more than 23 acres to build a new elementary school on Amicks Ferry Road in Chapin was but the first step in Lexington-Richland Five School District’s plan. “It’s one piece in our puzzle of great schools in District Five”, said Board Chairman Robert Gantt. “We have overcrowding in our district, it just seems like the…

Riverbanks Zoo study to see if eclipse impacts animal behavior

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden hopes to shed light on whether animals behave differently during a total solar eclipse when Solar Eclipse 2017 makes a path across the United States on Monday, Aug. 21. Riverbanks’ Adjunct Scientist Adam Hartstone-Rose is spearheading a scientific study of select species at the Zoo to discern what effects, if any, the eclipse will have on animal…

USC recruiting children for learning disabilities study

Click to enlarge Click to enlarge The University of South Carolina is recruiting children (ages 6-12) with learning disabilities in reading and/or math to participate in a short, paid study. Allison Stafford is a school psychology doctoral student at USC and issued an announcement about the project Wednesday. The goal of the study is to be able to improve identification…

Lexington District One approves budget with 54 new staff positions, tax increase

Lexington County School District One Board passed final reading of its $262.7 million general fund operating budget for 2017-18, Tuesday. The district’s communications office issued a release with details, Friday. The budget budget has 7.3 percent increase over Lexington District One’s 2016–17 budget. It also contains an 11.96 mill (tax) increase and a one-percent salary increase for all employees. The budget…

Richland Library teaming with Gamecocks for Pigskin Poets

Are you ready for some football? Richland Library is teaming with the Gamecocks from 3 – 4:30 p.m., Thursday, July 6 at the Drew Wellness Center (2101 Walker Solomon Way) for Pigskin Poets, which has been a favorite of summer learners for the last 21 years. Come in your garnet and black gear, and join student athletes from the University…

No plans to sell Davis or Taylor school buildings for housing

The Taylor and Davis buildings. (Lexington Two Photos)  Things will look a little different in the upcoming school year for some Lexington Two students. Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology and Taylor Elementary School students will move to the new Cayce Elementary School for the 2017/18 school year. Cayce Elementary School is being built next to Busbee Creative Arts Academy…

Women learn water navigation at “Ladies’ Day on the Lake”

By Karamie Sullivan The ladies got their day in the sun, except it was overcast. The Lake Murray Resort and Marina hosted the 17th annual “Ladies’ Day on the Lake” Tuesday. The day-long class is an effort to teach them how to back a boat trailer down a ramp into the water and navigate a boat to the dock. The…

Lexington 2 school district implementing InfoSnap on-line registration beginning 2017-18 school year

The Lexington Two School District is working on a plan that will make student registration less cumbersome. InfoSnap is online registration software that will use Internet technology to eliminate the need for large packets of registration forms, said Janet Dedmon District Instructional Technology Coach at the Lexington Two Board meeting, Thursday. For families with more than one student in the…

Columbia City Councilman Sam Davis holding rate change Drop-In, Thursday

Columbia City Councilman Sam Davis is holding a water, sewer, stormwater Rate Change Drop-In Thursday. It begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Eau Claire Print Building, 3907 Ensor Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to learn about the proposed water, sewer, stormwater rate increase. Information will be provided and city staff will be on hand to answer questions. Click…

Progress on Lexington 2 school construction coming along

1/4New Cayce Elementary School. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4CATE site from 12th Street Extension. Cayce Elementary in background. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4CATE Center from Bulldog Boulevard. Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4New Elementary School site in West Columbia. Show Caption Hide Caption There are two new elementary schools and a career and technology (CATE) center being built in the Lexington…

USC’s Beyond Sports Program helps athletes in careers after graduation

By Caroline Petrone University of South Carolina athletics is coming off of a year that saw the men’s basketball team go to the Final Four and the women win a National Championship in basketball. Officials in the athletics department hope this is only the beginning of more success to come. To help with that; Senior Associate Athletic Director, Chris Rogers,…

Governor vetoes $56.4 million, state school boards chief calls for override

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster announced the veto of $56.4 million in state spending, Monday.  About one-third of that money ($20.5 million) would have gone to buy new school buses. South Carolina School Boards Association Executive Director Scott Price called for “the immediate override of Gov. Henry McMaster’s veto of funding for the crucial purchase of school buses.” “This is not…

USC releases athletes’ grades for spring sports

The University of South Carolina student-athletes continued to have academic success in spring 2017. The departmental GPA of 3.230 for the spring 2017 semester gave the department 21-consecutive semesters in which the student-athletes have combined for a GPA of 3.0 or better. Women’s Swimming & Diving (3.705) earned its second highest GPA to date, logging the highest GPA among all…

Basketball success good for USC’s enrollment numbers

The University of South Carolina is seeing an increase in enrollment. USC’s 2017 freshman class is expected to be 5,600 to 5,700 students,. The 2016 freshmen enrollment was 5,036. Dennis Pruitt, vice president of student affairs and vice provost,  discussed the swell in the class size with the Daily Gamecock newspaper on Tuesday. Pruitt said there have been spikes in…

EdVenture installing Boeing 757 cockpit, Friday

What:    EdVenture will be installing a Boeing 757 cockpit on the outside wall of the museum overlooking the Columbia Canal side as a feature of an new exhibit called “Flight”. The cockpit will lifted by crane and attached to the side of the building. The entire exhibit will be opening mid-July. When:       Friday,  7 a.m. Where:        EdVenture,…

PaleoPalooza, day of fossils, dinosaurs, at the S.C. State Museum, June 17

Experience a special day full of fossils, dinosaurs, natural history and more, June 17

The South Carolina State Museum will celebrate all things paleontology, Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Guests will get to meet a paleontologist, skype with scientists in the jungles of Panama, make their own fossils, see live birds of prey and more during this full day of natural history. Guests will also get a chance to meet…

More human remains found in H. L. Hunley

North Charleston – It is no secret that the crew compartment of the , the world’s first successful combat submarine, was small. Conservators working to save the pioneering vessel have a new understanding of just how cramped and intimidating it must have been for the eight-man crew in 1864 when they cranked the Hunley into world history. Working in the…

Teacher emails link with child porn to co-worker, according to Richland County Sheriff’s Department

Sean Maly, a teacher at Summit Parkway Middle School, was arrested on Friday and is charged with second degree sexual exploitation of a minor. According to a Richland County Sheriff’s Department report, Maly “accidentally” emailed the wrong Internet link to a co-worker.  That link resulted in the discovery of child pornography on Maly’s laptop. Investigators are searching other devices that belong to…

Airport, Brookland-Cayce High Schools buck trend with on-campus graduations

1/2Brookland-Cayce graduation Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Airport graduation. Show Caption Hide Caption Temperatures were comfortable, just above 70 degrees as Airport and Brookland-Cayce High Schools conducted graduation ceremonies. Both graduations were held in the respective school’s football/soccer stadiums. Brookland-Cayce’s graduation was Thursday morning, beginning at 8. Airport’s was Friday morning at 8. While almost every high school in Lexington and…

18 Pelion Elementary School students complete perfect year in attendance

 Eighteen Pelion Elementary School students earned perfect attendance, a milestone the school celebrated at the end of school. Principal Wendy S. West thanked the students and their parents for prioritizing education. “Attendance is key for a child to be successful in their school careers. Vital things are missed if the child is absent even just one day,” she said. Students…

Lexington 1 honors 108 district retirees with banquet

Lexington County School District One honored 108 retirees at the district’s annual retiree banquet. Cumulatively, these retirees dedicated 2,164 years to Lexington District One, serving as teachers, academic coaches, bus drivers, secretaries, food service operators, instructional assistants, housekeepers, athletic coaches, counselors, custodians, media specialists, administrators and many others. Attending the retirement banquet are: Lexington Middle Principal Gloria Nester, Food Service and…

Brookland-Cayce’s graduation is Thursday, Airport’s graduation is Friday

ColaDaily Photo Brookland-Cayce’s graduation is at 8 a.m. Thursday at the stadium on the school’s campus. Airport’s graduation is at 8 a.m. Friday at the stadium on the Airport campus. Lexington School District Two’s Adult Education’s graduation was held last Thursday (May 25.) Brookland-Cayce’s graduation is Thursday, Airport’s graduation is Friday

West Columbia is full of summer fun and activities

The Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto arrived at what is now the Congaree River in West Columbia on April 21, 1540. He described the site as alive with the activity of the Native American tribes that inhabited the area. As spring 2017 progresses, West Columbia river-users are filled with the same excitement of the ages, rising from all of the…

More than 1,600 graduate in Lexington 1, earn $114 million in scholarships district says

Ceremonies were held for 1,618 Lexington County School District One graduates from the district’s five high schools last Tuesday and Wednesday. The ceremonies were held at the USC’s Colonial Life Arena. District officials said Lexington One graduates had earned about $114 million in scholarships. The district, through a press release, issued data about each graduating class. White Knoll High 393 graduates About $27 million…

City of West Columbia plans Solar Fest West

Solar Fest West has been scheduled for the West Columbia Riverwalk and Amphitheater. The City of West Columbia announced the event Friday. City officials have issued an invitation to  “view the once in a lifetime solar eclipse at Solar Fest West.” Solar Fest West will feature live music, food trucks, a beer garden, activities, and more. Mark you calendars. The total…