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New Sumter School District superintendent pushes unity, strength

Sumter School District's annual opening meeting is considered a pep rally, of sorts, for teachers, administrators and staff, and Friday's event at Sumter County Civic Center was right on cue. With an outside welcome from Sumter's three public … more

Wells Fargo Bank gives $5K to CCTC foundation, funds will support 2 identified students this year

Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, recently gave a $5,000 grant to the Central Carolina Technical College Foundation to help the college's students with academic scholarships. Central Carolina's foundation is the charitable arm of the area … more

New preparatory school Palmetto Prep adopts Oakland Primary School this year

Near the back gate of Shaw Air Force Base, just off S.C. 441 on Sycamore Street, is a new preparatory school focused on teaching preschoolers and preparing them for kindergarten. Palmetto Prep adopted Oakland Primary School as a partner and held … more

Sumter Mall partners with elementary schools for community reading program

The Sumter Mall started Sumter READS, a program designed to promote reading through special events held at the mall to inspire students and give back to local school libraries. "This is a great annual event that brings people together in the mall … more

Sumter school board still debating committee system

The subject of board committees and members of the public serving on them continues to draw special attention from Sumter School District's Board of Trustees. At Monday night's meeting, trustees wrangled again on whether its committees should be … more

Sumter school board raises homeowner taxes

Sumter homeowners will see an increase in their property taxes after a comparable decrease the last two years after the school board unanimously voted to reinstate 10 mills on one side of its budget Monday. District Chief Financial Officer … more

Back-to-school bash in Lee County set for Saturday

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lee County NAACP has joined with Victory Outreach Mission, Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and the USDA Food Service to sponsor a Back-to-School Bash from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Dennis Community Center, … more

Sumter-area students get send-off to Tiger Town

Fifty-nine members of the Clemson University Class of 2023 received a send-off to Tiger Town from alumni and fans from Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties on Thursday.The send-off, which was held by The Sumter Area Clemson Club at Central Carolina … more

Sumter School District adds $2.9M to balance after cuts

Sumter School District's finances appear to be heading in the upward direction after a budget report was presented to the Finance Committee on Thursday morning. It is projected the district increased its general fund balance by about $2.9 million … more

CCTC offering 4 new certificates this fall

Four new certificates will be available to Central Carolina Technical College students this fall semester. Students will be able to obtain an Advanced Medical Coding Certificate, a Logistics and Supply Chain Management Certificate, a Marketing … more

Sumter Area Clemson Club to hold celebration send-off for freshmen

A downtown educational building will turn orange today as the Tiger community celebrates and sends off 59 college freshmen and Bridge students. The Sumter Area Clemson Club will honor Clemson's Class of 2023 from Sumter, Clarendon and Lee … more

Sumter military child wins prize for academic achievement

The daughter of a Shaw Air Force Base airman won the third-place prize in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service's You Made the Grade sweepstakes. Col. Richard Brown, 20th Mission Support Group commander, and Leatrice Peyton, Shaw Exchange main … more

Sumter student takes part in Envision conference

FROM STAFF REPORTS Darius Moye, son of retired Master Sgt. Darryl Moye and retired Chief Master Sgt. Cheryl R. Moye of Sumter, joined more than 200 outstanding middle school students from across the U.S. who took part in a unique academic and … more

From Sumter to Shanghai: Teen learns valuable lessons in research trip

Sumter native Rita Alan is a rising senior at The South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, and her biggest interest areas are the sciences and people. Recently through a summer research project with a long title, "Air … more

Sumter School board Finance Committee to meet Thursday

FROM STAFF REPORTS Sumter School District's advisory Finance Committee will get a closer look at how the fiscal year ended on June 30 at its monthly meeting on Thursday morning. A district staff member placed the agenda online for the media and … more

Sumter teachers start Facebook group to connect community donors with specific classroom wish lists

A pack of pink erasers appearing at the doorstep felt like Christmas in July for one pre-kindergarten teacher in Sumter. For a fifth-grade teacher, it was headphones. For another, mini dry … more

Lee County School District sets registration times

BISHOPVILLE - Registration for students of Lee County School District will be held at the following times: - Lower Lee Elementary School - 1-6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, July 30 and 31; - West Lee Elementary School - 8 … more

Sumter United Ministries begins annual Gear Up for Learning to collect school supplies

Sumter United Ministries' Executive Director Mark Champagne and volunteer Linda Lavender discussed Thursday that we often think other people's children are like our own, but they're not. "All the kids coming into the schools are not the same," … more

All Sumter School District students can eat breakfast, lunch for free

Sumter School District is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision for the 2019-20 school year, which provides an alternative to household applications for free and reduced-price meals in local educational agencies … more

Hunter sole principal at R.E. Davis, McBride moves to Pocalla Springs

R.E. Davis K-8 College Preparatory Academy will operate with one principal for this upcoming school year instead of two co-principals. With Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' unanimous approval Monday night of new Superintendent Penelope … more
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