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Sumter School District weighing pay bonuses as fund projections rise

After accounting for reduced payroll expenses in the fiscal year that ended June 30, Sumter School District's projected net income is up, and administration is considering the possibility of "a one-time retention stipend" for employees. District … more

Information sessions scheduled for parents interested in Sumter School District's virtual learning option

Sumter School District has arranged for two virtual informational sessions on Thursday for parents interested in its limited virtual learning option for their children for the upcoming school year. The virtual program for grades 6-12 is only … more

Bassmaster Elite returns to Santee Cooper in 2022

CLARENDON COUNTY - The top professional bass fishing circuit in the world, Bassmaster Elite, will return to the Santee Cooper lakes in 2022. "We are excited to be able to bring the Bassmaster Elites back in 2022," said Tiffany B. Myers, director … more

Summerton residents, alumni continue fight to change school name

Community activists continued to fight to return an elementary school's name to its original as they aired their grievances at Tuesday's Clarendon School District 4 meeting. Summerton residents launched the "Change for Clarendon" initiative early … more

Clarendon School District 2 names baseball field after former Manning High coach, teacher Coker

Manning High School's baseball field is getting a new name in honor of one of the school's former teachers and mentors. Clarendon School District 2's Board of Trustees unanimously approved the new name, Coach Rick Coker Memorial Field, after … more

Clemson Send-Off Celebration is July 29

The Sumter Area Clemson Club is hosting its annual Clemson Send-Off Celebration for first-time Tiger students next week and requests area alumni and friends who plan to attend to call and register their attendance. The sendoff will be Thursday, … more

Kidz Klub of Partners for Change of the Carolinas celebrates STREAM

Nonprofit organization Partners for Change of the Carolinas, which is focused on enhancing the educational journeys of local students, created the Kidz Klub summer enrichment program, which had its end-of-camp ceremony earlier this … more

Campus corner for July 21, 2021: Students from Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties

EMORY & HENRY COLLEGE EMORY, Virginia - Zeke Workman of Dalzell has been named to the Emory & Henry College Spring 2021 Dean's list. To be named to the Dean's list, students must be a full-time student and receive a 3.6 GPA for the … more

S.C. Governor's School offering new online STEM program

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Math has introduced an online, tuition-free diploma program called STEM Foundations, and Sumter students are being invited to apply. "This is the first year for the STEM Foundations program, so … more

Campus corner for July 3, 2021: Students from Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties

COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY CONWAY - Coastal Carolina University recognized nearly 1,200 students during its in-person Spring 2021 commencement ceremonies held May 7 and 8 in Brooks Stadium. Among the graduates were: - Sumter - Malikah … more

Lee County School District names interim Bernard McDaniel as new superintendent

Lee County School District Board of Trustees announced that interim Superintendent Bernard McDaniel Sr. has been named as the school district's new superintendent on Thursday. McDaniel was the interim superintendent of the school district after … more

Sumter School District seeks feedback on Adult Education Center renaming; Ray served as program director for 7 years

Sumter School District is seeking input on a recommendation to rename the Sumter Adult Education Center, 905 N. Main St., in honor of former director Virginia Kiser Ray. At the March 22 board meeting, district staff made a presentation to the … more

Halfway there: Clarendon County School Districts 1 and 3 merge into Clarendon 4; full consolidation will be complete next summer

The day has finally arrived. After decades of resistance and false starts, Clarendon County has begun consolidating all three school districts into one. The Summerton-based Clarendon 1 and Turbeville-based Clarendon 3 consolidated on July 1 to … more

Morris College celebrates 113th anniversary in Sumter

Morris College, the historically Black four-year institution in Sumter, celebrates 113 years in 2021. As Morris celebrates nearly five generations since its establishment of educating students, Leroy Staggers, the current president of Morris, was … more

Lee Central High's Anjennette James named Morris College Counselor of the Month for June

This is the third in a contest series called Counselor of the Month. Presented by Morris College, the public is asked to nominate their favorite high school guidance counselor in public and private schools throughout Sumter, Clarendon and Lee … more

Morris College stays on track with summer program for high school seniors

Morris College continues to provide college classes to recently graduated seniors with its Summer Fast-Track program. The historically Black institution was impacted when the coronavirus pandemic forced the campus to shut down last spring and … more

Clarendon School 4 reviews balanced budget for 2022 fiscal year ahead of consolidation

With less than a week until the consolidation of Clarendon School Districts 1 and 3 into Clarendon School District 4, District 4 reviewed its first proposed salary scales and fiscal year 2022 budget at its Monday meeting. In a public hearing … more

May Teacher of the Month awarded Carolina Grove restaurant gift card

Carolina Grove co-owner Jim Mayes Jr. awards R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy's Alexis Evans with a $50 gift card to the restaurant on Alice Drive on Wednesday. Evans was named May's Teacher of the Month, a contest hosted by The Sumter Item … more

Clarendon 3 honors its leaders for service ahead of merger

TURBEVILLE - All good things must come to an end, even for a school district. However, school officials didn't want to close this chapter of Clarendon School District 3 without recognizing dedicated members who contributed to the district. CSD3 … more

Voting open for Morris College Counselor of the Month, Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month contests

Voting is now open for The Sumter Item's two monthly contests that recognize and celebrate leaders in education throughout Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties. Voting for Counselor of the Month, presented by Morris College, is open through Sunday, … more
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