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New faces were welcomed to Sumter School District last week during the district's new teacher orientation, which was full of presentations and excitement about the new school year that starts Aug. 3. PHOTOS PROVIDED more
With finances a major topic now, some Sumter School District board members want the district to get more proactive in seeking new money and also saving and redistributing money where needed. In budget discussions at last week's meeting, Sumter … more
A strong recruitment effort and a policy change from December to remove a salary cap requirement on working retirees has helped Sumter School District significantly reduce teacher vacancies from a year ago. The district's human resources … more
Kevin D. Wilson, who most recently served as assistant principal at Lower Richland High School for 10 years in Hopkins, has been named principal of Lee Central High School, according to a news release from Lee County School District. Wilson, a … more
Sumter School District's lead finance official says the full board conservatively has $1 million to $2 million that it can use from its reserves this fiscal year, based on its auditor's general recommendations. District Chief Financial Officer … more
Brothers of the Bishopville/Manning/Shaw Air Force Base Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. hosted a bookbag giveaway at Lee Central Middle School on Saturday, July 15. More than 100 bags were given out to the … more
The start of the school year is right around the corner for Sumter School District, and Superintendent William Wright Jr. and a district spokeswoman provided details this week. Wright shared at Monday's school board meeting that the first day of … more
Finances top the agenda for Monday's regularly scheduled monthly meeting of Sumter School District's Board of Trustees as July marks six months since mostly a new board took office in January. A discussion on the district's general fund balance, … more
PHOTO PROVIDED American Legion Post 15 this week recognized Sumter School District Teacher of the Year Denise Robinson and Wilson Hall Teacher of the Year Charles McCord for their work with students. more
Mad About Science summer camp, an educational initiative led by Dr. Daniel Kiernan, aka The Science Man - senior instructor of biology at USC Sumter - was held at the university June 26-30. The camp, designed for students 9-14, is aimed at fostering … more
STAFF REPORT MANNING - Clarendon County Adult Education was recently awarded a $7,500 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support adult literacy, according to a news release. This local grant is part of the Dollar General … more
The Grand Lodge of the Knights of Pythias and Medina Temple No. 360 of the Dramatic Order Knights of OMAR donated to the New Bethlehem Baptist Church's youth department for the church's back-to-school supply project in Lake City on … more
Sumter Rotary Club welcomed its current scholarship recipients to its recent meeting. From left are Ma'Naya Dawson (North Carolina A&T State); Darby Watford (College of Charleston); Cliff Goodwin (Rotary Scholarship chairman); Tieryn Hinton … more
STAFF REPORT The beginning of July means the new school year is just a month away, and Sumter United Ministries' special project, Gear Up For Learning, is underway. The organization is collecting school supplies for students in need in the … more
PHOTO PROVIDED Chuck Wilson with the Sumter Kiwanis Club, left, recently presented a check for $1,000 to Morris College in support of student scholarships at the historically black college. "We are pleased to receive this support from the Kiwanis … more
SUBMITTED In the current climate of economic anxiety, Morris College is pleased that its National Alumni Association continues to give back. With its most recent donation exceeding $45,000, the organization has contributed nearly $100,000 during … more
After Sumter County Council's vote on Tuesday to keep the local school district's millage rate the same, Sumter school board officially approved its fiscal 2024 budget on Wednesday. In a 9-0 unanimous vote, Sumter School District's Board of … more
Following a theme of this budget season, Sumter School District will need to dip into its own reserves if it wants to expand spending next year beyond its $158 million budget. As Sumter County Council acted with three other local government … more
I am a product of public schools in Sumter. Both of my parents were educators. Both taught here in Sumter and instilled within me at an early age the importance of education. And my time serving this community on Sumter County Council has … more
PHOTOS PROVIDED Representatives of the Sumter County Museum visit the Lions at Lemira Elementary School last week. They presented storytelling to students during the school's summer enrichment program. more
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