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Voting open for October's Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month

Vote now for your favorite educator to give him or her a chance to be named October'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

SHS student chosen for Future Medical Leaders event

Alana Garrick, a ninth-grader at Sumter High School, is a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders on Nov. 21-22. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research … more

96 applications in 2.5 weeks for Sumter's Liberty STEAM Charter School

It's 96 applications and counting 18 days into the initial enrollment period for Sumter's first public charter school, which is set to open its doors to students next school year. Liberty STEAM Charter School Founding Chief of Staff Trevor Ivey … more

Hybrid teaching in Sumter School District: 'A day-to-day thing'

PINEWOOD - Inspiring young minds has always been considered hard and noble work, but for virtual/hybrid learning in the COVID-19 realm, the challenge has reached new heights. A pair of elementary school teachers and the principal at Manchester … more

Enrollment campaign, outreach before public charter board on Monday

The current enrollment campaign and outreach strategies lead discussion for Liberty STEAM Charter School's founding Board of Directors' monthly meeting set for Monday. A Liberty STEAM administrator distributed a meeting agenda on Thursday. The … more

Sumter School District Title I director dies

Sumter School District lost a member of its "family" earlier this week with the passing of Arthena Woods, the district's Title I director. A career educator, Woods held the position for the last six years, supervising district Title I program … more

Public still can't participate in meetings with Sumter School District board

On April 6 at its first meeting during the pandemic, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees voted to temporarily suspend public participation from its monthly board meetings. Six months later - still in the midst of COVID-19, with virtual … more

'An orientation with a COVID twist' for Sumter High School Class of 2024

With the Class of 2024 not getting the traditional Sumter High School welcome, the student council from the Class of 2023 teamed up with the student leaders of 2024 to create a new, safe and in-person orientation amid the coronavirus … more

$2.5M budget deficit results in state taking over Clarendon 1 finances; retirement contributions not paid since May

  COLUMBIA — A $2.5 million budget deficit at Clarendon School District One has resulted in a takeover of the district’s financial operations by the South Carolina Board of … more

Marching to a safe beat: Sumter’s high school bands follow guidelines to perform in pandemic

After high school football players were given the thumbs up to play this season, three Sumter high school band directors collaborated to create a proposal that allowed their students to march on amid the pandemic as well. "Things are a lot … more

Campus corner: Sumter, Clarendon and Lee county students achieve

Central Carolina Technical College Pharmacy Technician Graduates Twelve students were recognized for completing the requirements for Pharmacy Technican Certificate: - Sumter - Victoria Ross; Larissa Taylor; Joshua Walter; Loretta … more

CARES Act funding to Sumter district before school board

Federal CARES Act stimulus funding to the school district headlines the topics for Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' regular monthly board meeting set for Monday night. A district staff member posted the agenda online for the media and … more

2nd round of Sumter School District students to return to classroom

For three more grades of younger students and roughly half of the county's high schoolers, Sumter School District will move to a hybrid/blended model of instruction in about two weeks. Superintendent Penelope Martin-Knox distributed a letter … more

Sumter School District announces next round of students to return to classroom

For three more grades of younger students and roughly half of the county’s high schoolers, Sumter School District will move to a hybrid/blended model of instruction in about two … more

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

Carolina Grove Co-owner Jim Mayes recognized Wilson Hall's Teresa Alexander as September's Teacher of the Month on Tuesday. By earning the most votes from the public of four finalists in The Sumter Item's online … more

Sumter school board selects instrument, sets date for annual evaluation

On Monday, the Sumter school board selected its evaluation instrument for conducting its formal evaluation later this month of Superintendent Penelope Martin-Knox and set a date for that meeting. Board Chairman the Rev. Ralph Canty spoke late … more

Crosswell Park community briefed on Sumter's alternative academy poised to move in

After a meeting last week, a local neighborhood association is more comfortable with Sumter School District's vision and plan to place its rebranded alternative program in its community. Jim McKinney, president of the Crosswell Neighborhood … more

Hybrid kicks off at Sumter district's schools; safety a big focus, amid coronavirus era

A safety mindset, excitement and probably some jitters were all part of the first day of hybrid instruction at Cherryvale Elementary School in Sumter School District. Teachers and administrators spoke Thursday after classroom instruction began at … more

School board to discuss instrument for superintendent's evaluation Monday

In preparation for its first annual evaluation of the current superintendent, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees must select an instrument or tool for that purpose, and that's the reason for a special-called meeting Monday. Board Chairman … more

Millwood Elementary School holds Harvest Health fundraiser for Wellness Week

The Millwood Elementary School Parent Teacher Association teamed up with Dorr Farms to promote healthy eating as part of their Wellness Week fundraiser on Wednesday. Jasmine Ballier, president of the Millwood Elementary School PTA, said this was … more
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