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Clarendon superintendent's salary, stipends changed, raised in new contract, Sumter Item FOIA request finds

Though he no longer receives a housing allowance, Clarendon County's now only superintendent gets a monthly bump in other stipends in addition to his $85,000 raise, The Sumter Item found. Shawn Johnson's salary has been a topic of discussion … more

Sumter school board candidate pool down to 29 after withdrawal from District 5 race

Total candidates for Sumter school board races in November are down from 30 to 29 after one person withdrew on Tuesday afternoon. In a withdrawal letter submitted to the Sumter County Voter Registration and Elections Office, Wedgefield resident … more

Dual-candidate Evans weighing his options between 2 races

State law allows candidates to run in more than one race at the same time, but no one can hold two offices simultaneously. One local candidate says he is aware of that scenario. Sumterite Reginald "Reggie" Evans is in that boat, having filed for … more

Wilson Hall wraps up new sports, education facility

Wilson Hall's new 25,000-square-foot sports and education facility nears completion just in time for the school's first Friday night football game on Aug. 26. The two-story facility is attached to the gymnasium and extends out toward the football … more

Sumter School District students go back to school

It's back to school and hopefully back to normal in Sumter School District. Monday was the first day of school for students, parents and community members who took part in a welcoming celebration at Willow Drive Elementary School after two years … more

Sumter school board election field closes at 30 candidates; 8 of 9 incumbents file

With five more people filing Monday, Sumter school board races reached 30 total candidates between all nine seats that are up for election. That is a jump from 18 who had filed through Wednesday, and all eight incumbents who are running will face … more

Sumter School District announces 2 committee meetings

At Monday's Sumter School District Board of Trustees' meeting, two trustees announced upcoming committee meetings. Brian Alston announced that the board's Policy Committee will meet Wednesday at 6 … more

Sumter Police Department officers deliver needed supplies to elementary schools

Despite the rain, Sumter police officers spent their Friday gathering, packing and delivering school supplies to elementary schools throughout the city. In an effort to provide elementary students with the essentials they need for the upcoming … more

Boosting spirits: New Sumter School District superintendent commits his support at annual back-to-school rally

New Superintendent William Wright Jr. delivered a "booster shot" on Friday to Sumter School District teachers and staff. Not exactly a vaccine shot, but a boost of belief in them and a message of encouragement for the road ahead at the district's … more

Alice Drive Middle School teacher honored by Sumter School District

Alice Drive Middle School STEAM lead teacher Marina Mosneaguta, center, is recognized at Monday's Sumter School District Board of Trustees' meeting for earning third place this summer in a STEM national teacher of … more

Hillcrest Middle School coach recognized by Sumter School District for 25 years

BRUCE MILLS / THE SUMTER ITEM Hillcrest Middle School Physical Education teacher Coach Jamie Gore, center, is recognized at Monday's Sumter School District Board of Trustees' meeting for earning an Outstanding Service Award for 25 years of … more

MLK Riders to host back-to-school giveaway Saturday

The MLK Riders of South Carolina will host a back-to-school giveaway to get students ready for the 2022-23 school year. Students of all ages will receive school supplies, such as pencils, notebooks and more, during the event, while supplies last. … more

Flourishing in America: International teachers fill shortages in profession through exchange program

It is a school exchange program but not like one you might expect.It is a cultural exchange program for international teachers coming to America and South Carolina to help fill the teacher … more

More candidates entering Sumter school board races; pool up to 18 for 9 seats, expect more as Monday filing deadline nears

After a bevy of activity on the first day of filing last week for Sumter school board elections, candidates have only trickled in since then, but expect another rush as Monday's deadline approaches. That is the thought process of Pat Jefferson, … more

Districts feature trend toward year-round school calendar; Sumter begins Monday

Monday is the first day of school for students in Sumter School District amid a growing trend statewide for districts to push to more of a year-round calendar. A quarter of South Carolina's 73 traditional public school districts - 18 total - will … more

Sumter's Liberty STEAM Charter School opens for year 2; primary academy is now K-2, about 330 students

Three years ago, Sumter's first tuition-free, public charter school was only a dream. Now, the K-2 school is bursting at the seams. Liberty STEAM Charter School kicked off year two on Monday with plenty of excitement at its primary academy in … more

Public participation, reports before Sumter school board on Monday

New Sumter School District Superintendent William Wright Jr. will have his second board meeting on Monday, and public participation and reports highlight the agenda. A district staff member posted the agenda online on Friday for the district's … more

Aldersgate Church Council votes to share space with Liberty STEAM

The majority of Aldersgate United Methodist Church considers sharing its space with Liberty STEAM Charter School a "win-win" for the congregation and the school and voted in favor of moving forward with a lease agreement Thursday. By a 14-1 vote … more

Clarendon County School District will get additional $4M from state, plans to rebuild or repair historic Walker Gamble Elementary School

Sen. Kevin L. Johnson, D-Clarendon, announced on Facebook that District 36's Clarendon County School District will receive even more funding from the state in addition to an already promised large sum. Johnson said he was informed Tuesday that … more

School supplies to be given away Saturday at Southside Park

Positive Power Movement and Mini Champions Motivate Many Champions (MCMMC) will hold its 6th-Annual Back to School Giveaway in South Sumter on Saturday. The giveaway will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Southside Park, 630 S. Sumter St., with free … more
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