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Lee County School District names 2020-21 District Teacher of the Year

SUBMITTED Lee County School District selected Octavia Anderson as the 2020-21 District Teacher of the Year. Anderson serves as a family and consumer science teacher at the Lee County Career Center and has been a member of the Lee County School … more

Accountability, feedback and ‘no excuses’ culture key for Sumter's Liberty STEAM charter’s start

With 10 years’ experience in the charter school world, the founding executive director of Liberty STEAM Charter School thinks a clear focus on accountability and a “no-excuses” … more

Clemson head ball coach's foundation awards $5K to Sumter charter school

A state-based foundation with a familiar name attached to it has awarded Sumter's first tuition-free public charter school with a $5,000 grant in carrying out its work and effective community engagement. Liberty STEAM Charter School Chief of … more

New logo, ALL4SC presentation, public participation discussed at Clarendon district 4 board meeting

The Board of Trustees for Clarendon School District 4, the newly consolidated district from Summerton-based Clarendon 1 and Turbeville-based Clarendon 3, approved several agenda items at its Monday … more

4 Lee County public schools to change names away from Confederate leader

Four of Lee County’s public schools are taking steps to disassociate themselves from the county’s namesake, Civil War confederate troop leader Robert E. Lee. Lower Lee Elementary, West … more

Voting is open for Sumter's Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month

Vote now for your favorite educator to give him or her a chance to be named November's Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month. Four finalists have been chosen by Item staff from nominations submitted by the public. To vote daily, go to … more

Campus Corner for Nov. 17, 2020: Students in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties

Troy University TROY, Alabama - Troy University announces students who have been named to the Chancellor's List for Term 1 of the 2020-21 academic year. Full-time undergraduate students who are registered for 12 semester hours and who earn a … more

Laurence Manning Academy honors students

2020-2021 First Quarter Headmaster's List SECOND GRADE Bateman Brunson - Cici Hurley Kristen Rembert - Griffin Butler and Avery Floyd THIRD GRADE Meagan Glass - Charlotte Baker, Jackson Brammer, Anne Heaton DuRant, CJ Nesbitt, Vidhi … more

Campus corner for Nov. 11, 2020: University of South Carolina Sumter

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA SUMTER The following local students were named USC Sumter Gold Medallion Scholars: - Sumter - Sahra Almosadder; Morgana Anselmi; Jacob Bittinger; Emilee Byrd; Keeley Hulse; Jada Kirkland; Denzyl Josh Lastimoso; … more

Sumter's Liberty STEAM Charter school requests enrollment expansion

Based on community interest and demand, Sumter's first public charter school is looking to expand its Year 1 enrollment next year from 144 students to 192 students and grow total enrollment at build-out. Liberty STEAM Charter School's founding … more

Summerton’s residents protest the renaming of historic St. Paul Elementary School

A wave of protests and signs saying, “Restore St. Paul” and “St. Paul Elementary for Ever” flooded the front lawn as Summerton residents protested at the Clarendon School … more

Executive director presentation, enrollment campaign, facility update before Liberty STEAM Charter board

A presentation from the school's executive director and updates on its enrollment campaign and school facility will be before Liberty STEAM Charter School's founding board of directors at its monthly … more

Nominations open for Sumter's Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month

Carolina Grove co-owner Jim Mayes Jr. recognized Chestnut Oaks Middle School's Cornelius Blanding as October's Teacher of the Month on Thursday. By earning the most votes from the public of four finalists in The Sumter Item's online contest, … more

Sumter High sophomore to represent Sumter at honors medical program

When Sheriyah Hicks received the news she has been nominated for this year's Congress of Future Medical Leaders and will travel to Boston, she said she couldn't be more thrilled. "I'm excited. This is a really big deal for me because I've always … more

Sumter school board moves its monthly meeting to Nov. 16

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees has moved its regularly scheduled monthly meeting from Nov. 9 to Nov. 16. A district spokeswoman distributed the announcement Wednesday. The meeting will be the first for new board member Gloria Lee, … more

Campus Corner for Nov. 6, 2020: Students in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties

TROY UNIVERSITY TROY, Alabama - Troy University recognized students who completed the requirements for graduation during Term 1 of the 2020-21 academic year. Term 1 graduates include students at Troy's campuses in Dothan, Phenix City and … more

Sumter High School students donate supplies to nurses

The Sumter High School Student Government Association Junior Class held a fundraiser earlier this year to purchase supplies for health care workers on the front lines of the pandemic. Their community service project goal was to "think outside the … more

Sumter School District program offers creative arts workshop

SUBMITTED Sumter School District's REACH Program for artistically gifted and talented students is offering students in grades 3-11 opportunities to develop and enhance their talents in the areas of visual arts, theater and choral music. The … more

Clarendon School District 2 honors longtime guidance counselor

MANNING - Clarendon School District 2 hosted a surprise retirement party recently for an employee who has dedicated 45 years to Manning High School. Marlene Hodge, a guidance counselor at MHS, was genuinely surprised with the party that … more

S.C. department: 'Schools are doing well' with preventing spread of virus

The state Department of Education says schools are doing a better job than communities overall at mitigating the coronavirus. In the nearly two months since the state began reporting all schools' confirmed COVID-19 cases, there have been close to … more
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