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BREAKING: Sumter County Council turns down any school district millage increase

As expected, but not without drama, Sumter County Council turned down Sumter School District’s request for any millage increase request Tuesday night at its regular council meeting. Council … more

SC Wins scholarship can help cover tuition for qualifying CCTC students

SUBMITTED Central Carolina Technical College has received funding through the SC Workforce and Industrial Needs Scholarship, which allows students - including those enrolled in dual enrollment courses - to earn college credit at little to no … more

Morris student named competitiveness scholar

Morris College's Kenton Kelley stands in a unique position. A rising senior, Kelley was named last week as a 2019 Historically Black Colleges and Universities Competitiveness Scholar. The award is the highest student recognition for the White … more

Crestwood FFA brings home 1st, 2nd from state convention

Members of the Crestwood FFA Chapter traveled to Clemson recently to participate in the 92nd South Carolina FFA State Convention and didn't come home empty handed. Crestwood FFA placed first in … more

LCSD's Brown earns highest certification in business

SUBMITTED BISHOPVILLE - Taylor Brown, budget specialist for Lee County School District, has successfully completed and passed the School Business Specialist Certification Exam, earning her the designation of Certified School Business Specialist. … more

CCTC's Titan SPARK! scheduled for Friday

FROM STAFF REPORTS Central Carolina Technical College will hold Titan SPARK! from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in Room M401 in Building M400 on the Main Campus. SPARK (Student Priority Advising and Registration Kickoff) will allow future students to … more

Letter, McCain: Sumter School District doesn't need $1.2M to balance budget

In a somewhat back-and-forth dialogue, it seems Sumter County Council wants Sumter School District to lower its millage request again. In a letter to the editor that appeared Sunday in The Sumter Item, county council Chairman Jim McCain basically … more

10 Sumter students among 620 S.C. Connections Academy 2019 graduating seniors

SUBMITTED South Carolina Connections Academy, a tuition-free online public school serving students in grades K-12 in South Carolina, celebrated nearly 620 graduating seniors during the school's annual high school graduation ceremony June 7 in … more

Sumter School District says goodbye to Hamm, Williams

Sumter School District Interim Superintendent Debbie Hamm received a surprise Tuesday during the district's second-annual E3 professional development conference. Hamm is finishing her second and final year in her role at the end of the month. … more

2 Sumter School District administrators leaving for other jobs

Hamm's term almost finished; Martin-Knox on deck Monday's board meeting was the next-to-last one for Hamm as she concludes her two-year term as interim superintendent on June 30. The meeting … more

Brewington Academy will stay at Mayewood Middle in Sumter another year

Sumter School District's alternative program, Brewington Academy, will remain at the former Mayewood Middle School for at least another year. After Interim Superintendent Debbie Hamm, who is finishing her second and final year at the end of the … more

Sumter school board to ask for all $1.2M from county

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will still ask for a nine-mill increase, the maximum it's allowed under state law, when it goes to Sumter County Council in two weeks. The nine-member school board voted unanimously late Monday night to … more

2 Sumter students accepted into youth leadership forum

Two public school students from Sumter will take part in separate National Youth Leadership Forum programs this summer. Joel Sinner and Faith Olivia Livingston will join other high-achieving students from across the nation to attend Envision … more

Sumter's BD forms partnership with Ebenezer Middle School

One of Sumter's top industrial employers connected with a middle school in two big ways recently with a hope to turn the page to community building. Ken Lee, plant manager at BD, and two associates surprised social studies teacher Carol Lazette at Ebenezer … more

**LIVE** Sumter High School Graduation Ceremony

Due to the threat of inclement weather, Sumter High School decided to move their 2019 graduation ceremony from their football stadium to the Sumter County Civic Center. Thanks to the school district … more

Campus Corner: June 7, 2019

PIEDMONT TECHNICAL COLLEGE GREENWOOD - Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2019 spring semester have earned inclusion on the President's List. To be named to the list, students must be … more

Barry Leach Memorial Scholarship winners named

PHOTO PROVIDED Eighteen years ago, the faculty and staff at Millwood Elementary School established the Barry Leach Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of Leach, who shared his love for science at Millwood for 23 years. Leach died in September … more

Ahead of the pack: Sumter School District valedictorians ready to take on college

They're one speech away from saying goodbye to high school forever, and after all the studying, all the homework, the tests, they're doing so this week atop their class. Sumter School District's three valedictorians are all heading down different … more

Ribbon cutting for West Lee Elementary outdoor learning center to be held Wednesday

FROM STAFF REPORTS In response to a 2015 Community Health Improvement survey which found some residents of Lee County are inactive because of little or no access to parks and other recreational space - in addition to a high obesity ranking … more

Sumter School District to ask for $1.2M tax increase

Sumter School District will end this fiscal year with a projected net income of $1.6 million, $770,000 more than expected thanks to not having to pay the state back for local spending on a federal education program. This year's projected $1.6 … more
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