Lancaster readies for a new year with big changes; students return Monday

New teachers from left are Hannah Wilmer, Renee Fisher, Jennifer Cronk, Viola Scott, Janiece Veney, Jacqueline Samuel, Cherie Carl, Sharon Clarke and Paul White; (next row) Alyssa Westerman, Jasmyn Tomlin, Kelli Tignor, Deborah Bone, Richard Randall, Destiny Carter, Susan Eaton, Megan Smelscer, Landon Gouveia and David Larsen; (next row) Keith Schneider, Joseph George, Jodie Scruggs, Danielle Spencer, Micheal Carey, Josh Suszek, Noah Sharp, Robert Corrado and Charles Parrish. Charles Crabtree, Josiah Reflo and Demetra Payne also are new to the system. Photo by Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

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KILMARNOCK—New school years are always filled with excitement, but for Lancaster schools it is especially true this year with the opening of a new school and many new teachers and students. Classes will begin Monday, August 21.

There are big changes in store for students as they arrive at Lancaster Elementary School in Kilmarnock. The new name belongs to a (mostly) new building which will house students in Kindergarten through grade 7 until a new junior/senior high is complete.

The new space is designed to provide flexible options for teachers with a courtyard, makers space and hallway nooks for breakout sessions according to new principal Keegan Walters. Previously, the assistant principal at Lancaster Primary School and in his eighth year with Lancaster County Public Schools, Walters is looking for ways to bring the wide age-range of students together when….

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