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Various reports before Sumter School District board at Monday work session

FROM STAFF REPORTS Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will hold its monthly work session on Monday night at the district office, 1345 Wilson Hall Road. A district staff member posted the agenda online late Friday for the public and … more

CCTC to honor Gandhi's birthday with movie, discussion on Tuesday

FROM STAFF REPORTS Central Carolina Technical College is inviting the public to enjoy popcorn and a movie as they commemorate Gandhi's 150th birthday. A guided panel and discussion will follow the movie, "Be the Change: Celebrating Gandhi's Quest … more

CCTC youth apprenticeship program expands in 2nd year to offer more dual-enrollment work-experience opportunities

They sat at 11 tables next to one or both parents, not old enough to move out of the house for college but old enough to be planning for a future career. Prospective participants perused booths at Central Carolina Technical College on Thursday … more

Sumter School District Transportation Study Committee meets for 1st time

A lack of bus drivers is the biggest issue on the table it appears facing Sumter School Board's special transportation study committee. The three trustees serving on the board's Transportation Study Ad Hoc Committee met Tuesday night for the … more

CCTC in Sumter invites students to learn about youth apprenticeships on Thursday

FROM STAFF REPORTS Students interested in learning about becoming a youth apprentice are invited to attend Central Carolina Technical College Student / Parent Information Night at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at CCTC's Advanced Manufacturing … more

Soupy science: Lee County High School students learn the biology of food

BISHOPVILLE - With one roll of the thick and highly recognizable Jamaican tongue and pivot of the head, Lee Central High School biology teacher Mauvette Doyley captures the full attention of her lab full of students each day. It's her high-energy … more

Sumter High annual musical coming Jan. 29

Sumter High School's upcoming musical is a classic for all ages to enjoy. This year, the students themselves chose to perform Bright Star, a musical set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 1945-46 with flashbacks to 1923. It is full … more

MLK Legacy Concert to feature Bishop Rance Allen: 1st-time concert headlining week of Sumter's Morris College homecoming festivities

With a new decade comes a new celebration to honor a historical great. Morris College is set to host the city's first MLK Legacy Concert at 6 p.m. on Monday at the college's Neal-Jones Auditorium, marking the Sumter community's celebration of the … more

Crestwood High student pledges to be BRAVE: 16-year-old turns class project into merchandise brand to help others stand against violence

What started out as a class project at Crestwood High School soon became a reality for 16-year-old Derrick Prince, who made it a personal goal to challenge his peers and those seeking guidance to be BRAVE: Be Resilient Against Visual … more

Superintendent report before Sumter School District Board

The superintendent's report highlights Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' first meeting of the new year, scheduled for Monday night. A district staff member placed the agenda online Friday for the public and the media in accordance with … more

Lemira steps up for the homeless in Sumter

PHOTO PROVIDED The Lemira Golden Steppers hosted their 2nd-annual Share the Warmth Winter Drive in December and delivered an early Christmas gift of 31 bags filled with coats, socks, scarves, blankets, gloves and hats to the homeless throughout … more

Sumter district superintendent outlines goals

Student academic achievement headlines Penelope Martin-Knox's goals as she further transitions into her role as Sumter School District's superintendent. About five months into the job, Martin-Knox laid out her top three goals moving forward for … more

TSA's Junior NHS holds second-annual pet food drive

Recently Thomas Sumter Academy's Junior National Honor Society identified a need for pet food at the Sumter SPCA. Students created a committee led by seventh-graders Piper Hitch and Clara Ann McCaskill and coordinated with Veterinary Medical and … more

Sumter High AVID students take on service project to provide bathrooms, drinking water to schools in developing world

For a group of Sumter High School students, it didn't take getting into the Christmas season for them to learn the important trait that "it's better to give than receive." Instead, it happened through a service-learning project with students who … more

Clarendon Hall SGA, NHS donate to Toys for Tots

PHOTO PROVIDED On Dec. 6, Clarendon Hall's Student Government Association and National Honor Society sponsored a Breakfast with Santa, and students were asked to bring toys for children in need. Following the breakfast, NHS members presented the … more

CCTC renews free tuition program for another 5 years

Central Carolina Technical College President Michael Mikota said the biggest challenge facing South Carolina, the nation and the world today is growing and retaining a talented workforce. In that effort, Mikota - on behalf of CCTC - announced … more

Sumter's K-12 education to be priority in 2020

BY BRUCE MILLS There are a few big items up for discussion in the upcoming state legislative session, but K-12 education appears it will be front and center again. That was the belief of Sumter County's two state senators … more

Sumter School District audit shows district's reserves now at $14.3M

For the third straight year with a credentialed chief financial officer on staff, Sumter School District had no surprises with the formal release of its official audit report. Given its financial performance, the district will in likely by lifted … more

Sumter School District Board of Trustees goes 10-for-10 with unanimous votes on Monday

Ten motions, 10 unanimous votes. That was how Sumter School District's Board of Trustees voted Monday night after returning from executive session on various agenda items. That has never happened with the current school board, and members have … more

Audit, special bus transportation committee on Sumter school board's agenda

The district's official audit report and the formation of a special transportation study committee headline Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' regular monthly board meeting scheduled for Monday. A district staff member placed the agenda … more
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