Looking forward to Lancaster’s new elementary school

The relocated front entry as it will appear when construction is completed on the new Lancaster Elementary School. Courtesy VDMO Architects and Lancaster County Public Schools

Interim superintendent named

Lancaster school board chairman Joan Gravatt on Monday, April 11, updated the community on superintendent Dan Russell’s health. On Wednesday, April 6, the division was told that “while visiting family in West Virginia, Mr. Russell was admitted into the hospital for a health emergency.”

Gravatt said he “had been diagnosed as having a stroke. He remains in the hospital while his family makes arrangements for rehabilitation. At this time, that is all the information we have to share. Please continue with your thoughts and prayers for him and his family,” she said.

Director of instruction Jessica Davis was named interim superintendent “until further notice.” She previously was appointed superintendent’s designee at the school board’s December 14, 2021 meeting.

by Jackie Nunnery

KILMARNOCK—While the Lancaster County school district is winding down work on the Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC), the next construction project is slated to begin in earnest. Travis Pittman, Lancaster schools programs manager, shared artist renderings with the school board on April 11 showing how the new school will look once completed and welcoming students for the 2023-24 school year.

The biggest change to the current Lancaster Middle School will be to the front entrance, which will no longer face School Street but instead be oriented toward the new ECEC, “where the sixth grade wing currently sits,” Pittman said.

He said much of the site planning revolved around simplifying exits and improving traffic flow. “There’s a lot of confusion with all of the roads leading to School Street. The dedicated entrance will….


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