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Sumter School District is still short on bus drivers, but a goal in the near term is to develop standard procedures for notifying schools and parents when buses are late or delayed. In response to questions from trustees, district Executive … more
Clarendon County School District has been working on updating policies throughout the summer to go into the new school year fresh but specifically for paid parental leave. During the Aug. 7 school board meeting, board members unanimously approved … more
Clarendon Hall students who love to fish or be outdoors, this story is for you. Get your fishing rods out and gather your lures because Clarendon Hall students can sign up for the Clarendon Hall Bass Fishing Team on Thursday, Aug. 17, at 6:30 … more
As the first school district in the tri-county area to start the new school year, Clarendon County School District seemed to have a great first week back. The Sumter Item reported last week that CCSD was the first district to head back to school, … more
There is one last district in the tri-county to start the new 2023-24 school year, but it couldn't start it off without a huge welcome back for teachers, faculty and staff. "This is an annual event, and we wanted to find a motivational speaker, … more
Alice Drive Elementary School held its annual Teddy Bear Parade on Friday, Aug. 11. With their favorite stuffed animals in hand, first-graders paraded around the building to an audience of fellow students … more
More discussion on the fund balance and school bus transportation to start the school year will highlight the next meeting of Sumter School District's Board of Trustees. Class sizes, financial … more
As the new school year rolls in for Clarendon County, an organization is fighting food insecurity for school-aged children and needs volunteers. Snak-Kits was founded in 2015 by Allan Glass, the high school principal at Laurence Manning Academy. … more
The tradition of starting the school year in South Carolina on the third Monday in August or later has gone the way of a new trend. It is called a "modified year-round academic calendar," and most school districts in the state, including Sumter … more
If an individual is looking for new skills to be more marketable in the workplace, Central Carolina Technical College has another deal you do not want to miss out on. The Central Carolina Titan Tech Scholarship for the upcoming fall semester is a … more
REMBERT - New Thomas Sumter Academy Headmaster Ben Herod says returning to his alma mater is a dream come true for him. A 2001 alumnus of TSA, Herod said he learned from great leaders and teachers at the South Carolina Independent School … more
Sumter School District Superintendent William Wright Jr. visited the Pocalla Springs Crocs last week during their first week back to school. This year's district theme comes from the acronym APPEAL, which stands for Advancing Potential and Pursuing … more
Earning a bachelor's degree is always a significant accomplishment, but Thursday marked a major milestone for University of South Carolina Sumter with its first-ever graduates with a bachelor's in nursing. Four area students made up the first … more
It was down to the wire this week at Sumter Mall, but Liberty STEAM Charter School's elementary campus opened Thursday morning for the first day of school. Sumter's first-ever tuition-free public charter school is in year three now with both a … more
In spite of social media messages, the Lakewood High School Cheerleading Program will still go on this school year. After dismissing two cheerleading coaches recently, Lakewood hired a new cheer coach Thursday and practice will resume on Monday, … more
Music, smiles, high energy and even a "Welcome Train" were part of first day-of-school festivities on Thursday at Millwood Elementary School, and it is all part of a strategic approach. Yes, it is back-to-school time already in Sumter School … more
PHOTOS BY NICH PITTS / ITEM CONTRIBUTOR Volunteers leave notes of encouragement at Bates Middle School on Monday, July 31. Volunteers spent part of their Monday morning praying for teachers, students and school staff in the hallways of schools in … more
Love and excellence are needed for children to achieve in today's K-12 school environment, and those words were used often Tuesday at Sumter School District's annual Back-to-School Rally. Superintendent William Wright Jr. and keynote speaker … more
For Kelli Howard, the third time is the charm. After earning her third campus teacher of the year honor in three districts in her career, Howard took home the 2023-24 Sumter School District Teacher of the Year award on Tuesday at the district's … more
The smell of crayons, the screeching sound of shoes on freshly waxed floors, the weight of a pencil in hand, the sight of colorful walls and the taste of cafeteria food can only mean one thing - school is back in session. At least for Clarendon … more
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