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Giving the Gift of Literacy

Members of the Eta Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. surprised Willow Drive Elementary School students in preschool through third grade with free books and school supplies. The sorority donated 1,500 books to the school through … more

Public airs concerns about class size, bullying, abandoned facilities at meetings on proposed Sumter school consolidations

Sumter School District has now put on three public meetings for a draft school consolidation proposal at three different locations in the county, and officials are hearing many of the same questions and concerns at each. Interim Superintendent … more

Hamm: Rezoning Sumter schools won't solve low-enrollment, other issues

In response to repeated questions about rezoning school attendance lines as a solution for three low-enrollment schools, Sumter School District administrators decided to further investigate the issue … more

Sumter School District community session No. 2 more orderly than first meeting

With discussion ground rules set in place at the beginning, Sumter School District’s second community conversation session on a school consolidation proposal had less outbursts, was more organized, … more

Adult education director: Sumter needs magnet schools

Sumter County's longtime adult education director thinks the school district should move forward with a proposal to introduce magnet schools to increase opportunities available to students and improve the local workforce for business and … more

Sumter School District bus crash sends 36 to Tuomey

The driver of a dark-colored car who fled the scene after rear-ending a Sumter School District bus Monday morning on Pinewood Road is wanted by the police department in connection to the crash that sent 35 students and the bus driver to Palmetto … more

Education News: Sunday, March 18, 2018

Wilson Hall State Literary Meet Champions The Elementary Literary Team won first place in the S.C. Independent School Association State Literary Meet which had more than 500 participants representing schools from throughout the state. Wilson … more

Hamm: Now is a good time to consider consolidating Sumter schools

Saying she thinks it's a good time now to try to work through a sensitive issue and desiring to make the job of Sumter's next superintendent as attractive as possible, Interim Superintendent Debbie Hamm is moving forward with a school closure and … more

Small crowd mostly opposes Sumter School District consolidation proposal

A relatively small but boisterous crowd of community members mostly voiced their displeasure Thursday night with a district consolidation proposal that would close three low-enrollment schools in … more

Two more community sessions added for Sumter school consolidation proposal

Sumter School District has added two more Community Conversation Sessions to gather additional public input on the administration's draft consolidation proposal, which was unveiled Monday night. A district spokesperson released information … more

Hamm wants public's comments on Sumter schools proposal

Citing a need to get a proposal on the table for the public to comment on, Sumter School District's interim superintendent released her draft consolidation plan Monday to the school board before two independent consultants' studies are … more

900 Sumter students participate in National Walkout Day

About 900 students from Sumter School District's three high schools chose to participate in National Walkout Day on Wednesday with peaceful demonstrations at each school. The three schools have about 4,500 students enrolled. At each school, … more

Bates Middle School students receive Golden Apple awards

FROM STAFF REPORTS A group of 13 students at Bates Middle School got golden. The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce honored each of the students with a Golden Apple Award, which recognizes integrity and "strong moral character," according to … more

National Walkout Day could bring consequences for Sumter participants

Sumter School District students planning to participate in National Walkout Day on Wednesday could face disciplinary action according to the district code of conduct if they leave class. In a … more

Sumter School District proposes closing three schools

Each would be consolidated into another larger nearby rural school more

Sumter School Board meeting tonight at SHS

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. March 12 at Sumter High School's Commons Area, 2580 McCrays Mill Road. more

Education News: March 11, 2018

Central Carolina Technical College Come See Me at College Day CCTC will host Come See Me at College Day for high school students in Kershaw, Lee, Clarendon and Sumter counties on Thursday. Students will learn about admission and financial aid … more

S.C. boasts scores of women who made significant contributions

PHOTOS PROVIDED Willow Drive Elementary School first-grade scholars recently traveled to local nursing homes to read and sing to residents as part of the school's Read Across America Celebration. Afterward, they enjoyed fellowship at the Golden … more

Bates Middle School program bridges generational gap

What started out with a discipline referral of a student a few years ago has turned into a monthly program at Bates Middle School that bridges the gap between the older and younger generations and opens the lines of communication on important … more

Sumter School District consolidation proposal to be aired

Sumter School District's interim superintendent is expected to ask the Board of Trustees Monday for approval to present a draft school consolidation proposal to the community in a series of public meetings. Those community meetings would occur … more
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