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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

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

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

Rafting Creek Elementary earns $3K from math contest

FROM STAFF REPORTS Rafting Creek Elementary School took $3,000 home this weekend for placing second at a math competition. Matific held the U.S. Matific Games, where students completed activities to earn stars or points. The more activities … more

Lee schools celebrate Read Across America

PHOTO PROVIDED Lee County celebrated Read Across America on Monday with a visit from Arthenius Jackson as "The Singing Cat" to six local schools. more

CCTC names new director at F.E. DuBose center director

BY BRUCE MILLS The interim director of Central Carolina Technical College's Clarendon County subcampus has been selected as its new director. The Sumter-based college distributed a news release Thursday announcing Lisa … 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 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

Education News: Sunday, March 4, 2018

Wilson Hall Junior Class Retreat As part of the curriculum, the 57 members of the junior class attended the 11th-annual junior class retreat at the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina, Feb. 25-27. Coordinated by Laura … more
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