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Sumter School District proposes closing three schools

Each would be consolidated into another larger nearby rural school 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

Residents say Sumter school zoning is unequal

WEDGEFIELD - Equity in school zoning and attendance lines was a major item of concern expressed by community members Thursday night at an NAACP community meeting regarding a potential closure of F.J. DeLaine Elementary School. The community … more

Sumter police chief speaks to school board

Sumter's police chief says the issue of school safety related to potential shootings is an emerging issue that must be dealt with proactively by local law enforcement working in association with schools. Chief Russell Roark spoke to the Sumter … 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

School safety, online reporting system before Sumter school board

After at least three reported threats or pranks of impending violence in the district's schools in the last week, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will discuss school safety, among other topics, at Monday's regularly scheduled … more

Sumter school board's Finance Committee to meet Monday

The advisory Finance Committee of Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will hold its monthly meeting on Monday at the district office, 1345 Wilson Hall Road. As is normally the case at … 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

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 reading interventionist 'fills the gap' in multiple ways

Sometimes with a job change, you can find a perfect fit. Sumter School District teacher Ureka Hilton has found that as a reading interventionist at Rafting Creek Elementary School in Rembert. A Sumter native and Morris College graduate, Hilton … more

High Hills Elementary expected to be open on Friday

A Sumter elementary school on Shaw Air Force Base was closed Thursday due to a power outage. After an underground electrical wire shorted and damaged a transformer that provides power to High … more

Sumter Education Foundation gives $10K in books to students

When the Sumter Education Foundation asked teachers what they need, they said books for their classrooms. And the foundation took heed. The members put their big brains together and thought, thought, thought. And what wonders their thinking … more

Mayewood's Lowe is a finalist for S.C. Teacher of the Year

When the top education official in the state entered Zachariah Lowe's classroom on Tuesday, he became a living example of why he wanted to become a teacher and what he tries to instill in his students. Anyone can become anything if they put their … more

Group petitions Morris College to consider Canty for its president

A local grassroots campaign last fall to get a Sumter leader to be considered as a candidate for the Morris College presidency is now taking its efforts to the next level. Sumter County resident Carlton Washington, leader of a petition campaign … more

Consolidation proposal to be presented by Sumter School District Superintendent Hamm

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees has changed its meeting location for Monday's regularly scheduled monthly board meeting to Sumter High School's Commons Area. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. The board meeting was originally scheduled … 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

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

Sumter, Clarendon superintendents: Safety is priority in threats of violence

After various claims of impending school violence in recent days in light of the recent tragedy in Florida, two area superintendents who have had threats claimed within their school districts pledged Tuesday their commitment to all community … 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

Chamber recognizes 12 Alice Drive Middle students for 'excellence in character traits'

Kindness. Hard worker. Leader. Middle school student. Respectful. Thoughtful. Eager. Engaged. Polite. Appreciative. Conscientious. Tries to do her best every day. These words describe the 12 Alice Drive Middle School students who were recently … more
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