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Sumter students' ingenuity takes flight in tiny cubes

You could describe it as big science in little cubes, but it all equates to engaging more and more young students in the growing career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. That was on display Friday at Bates Middle School … more

Location of schools in Sumter could expand to other zonings

Sumter City Council discussed a proposed ordinance amendment that would expand the zonings in which schools are allowed at its meeting on Tuesday. Reading: First of two Agenda item: A request … more

Sumter School District Board of Trustees to meet Sept. 17

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees plans to have its regular monthly board meeting on Monday night after having it postponed last week. The meeting agenda for Monday is identical to the … more

Up to the challenge

Regina Osborne, a fourth-grade teacher at Kingsbury Elementary School, incorporated STEM activities into her team-building plans during the first 10 days of school. Osborne's class participated in the "Saving Sam Challenge" and … more

New law requires active shooter drills in all public schools

Sumter School District is adhering to a new state law that will introduce required active shooter and intruder drills to public schools each semester, and public schools in Lee and Clarendon counties will also see a stronger police presence on … more

State, Sumter test scores improve slightly

Sumter and South Carolina students performed overall slightly better in English and math on standardized testing in 2018 compared to 2017, but most students are still not meeting grade-level expectations. The state Department of Education … more

Sumter sends Clemson freshmen off with an orange bang

The Swan Lake Heath Pavilion was flooded with orange and purple and tiger paws Thursday evening as the Sumter Clemson Club held a send-off party for incoming Tiger Town freshmen from Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties. About 80 students were … more

Sumter Item, Thompson to premiere Sumter School District welcome guide

With summer in full swing and the return of school fast approaching, The Sumter Item is full-steam ahead on a new magazine that will come out this fall. The 2018-19 Sumter School District Welcome Guide will be the public schools' official … more

A little bit of hand sanitizer goes a long way for Sumter teachers

A passerby may think upon hearing the cheers and seeing the smiles that it was Christmas in August at Lemira Elementary School on Friday. Just swap out a sack of presents under a tree with boxes of school supplies on a truck. Employees from … more
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