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Sumter' Liberty STEAM Charter School primary academy leader resigns abruptly

Liberty STEAM Charter School's founding director, or principal, of its primary academy has voluntarily resigned from his post this week after one year at the school. Liberty STEAM's Board of Directors unanimously approved Sherman Logan's … more

Back to School 2022: Tax-free weekend starts Friday, plus Sumter School District schedules and local information

To read The Sumter Item's 2022 Back to School special section, CLICK HERE. It features local information on tax-free weekend, which starts tomorrow, and schedules and other information on schools in … more

N.C. principal named new leader at Sumter's Crestwood High School

Sumter School District has filled its final principal vacancy, and this new hire also has a connection to new Superintendent William Wright Jr. On Tuesday, the district announced Jayson Leach has been named the principal of Crestwood High School. … more

Central Carolina Technical College, Clemson partnership to use virtual reality training

The world of learning is moving more and more to digital technology, and Central Carolina Technical College is staying on the cutting edge of it to help fill a need for water treatment operators. Central Carolina and Clemson University announced … more

Sumter ministry needs school supplies; annual Gear Up for Learning collection starts to help students

Sumter United Ministries is collecting items for its annual school supplies drive, Gear Up for Learning. SUM Executive Director Mark Champagne said Gear Up has been going for more than 20 years in the community and that he hopes everyone takes … more

Sumter School District welcomes new teachers at orientation

PHOTOS BY RICHIE WEBER / THE SUMTER ITEM Sumter School District held an orientation for its new teachers before the 2022-23 school year in the Crestwood High School Fine Arts Center on Tuesday. The annual rally for all teachers and staff will be … more

Fraternity, veterans group give school supplies, treats to Sumter students

The Bishopville/Manning/Shaw AFB Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Inc., in partnership with the Sumter Combat Veterans Group, held a book bag giveaway at the Birnie HOPE Center, 210 S. Purdy St., July 30. Parents and children were treated with book … more

Clarendon students start school at consolidated district for 1st time; Board elects same officers as last year

For the newly merged Clarendon County School District, the first day of school ran mostly smoothly with a few hiccups. During Monday night's regular Clarendon County School District board meeting, Director of Operations Lyde Graham had three … more

Former SC senator Phil Leventis files for Sumter school board seat

On the first day of filing for Sumter school board elections, a former longtime Sumter senator became a candidate for the new District 8 seat. Phil Leventis, who served as a state senator for 32 … more

Filing for Sumter School District board races begins on Monday, lasts 2 weeks

The calendar turns to August on Monday, and it is also when filing opens for Sumter school board races. Filing for Sumter School District's Board of Trustees seats, which are nonpartisan races, will start Monday at noon and close Monday, Aug. 15, … more

Tigertown bound: Sumter Area Clemson Club gives proper send-off to local Class of 2026

Decked in orange and purple, the Central Carolina Technical College Health Sciences Building's Iris Room filled with Clemson pride Thursday for the Sumter Area Clemson Club's annual send-off celebration for the local Class of 2026. About 75 high … more

Sumter County Prevention Team to host 8th-annual community resource event

Back-to-school season is around the corner. To help start the school year off right, one Sumter organization encourages parents and their children to come "drive-thru and PARK it" at their community resource event next Saturday. For more than 20 … more

AFA Swamp Fox chapter in Sumter fulfills education pillars, wins 6th award

The local Air & Space Forces Association chapter is the only chapter in the state recognized for its educational expertise and community involvement. The Swamp Fox Chapter of the Air & Space Forces Association has been involved in the Sumter … more

Sumter School District hires new CFO; Spearman has 23 years of experience and worked previously with Wright

Sumter School District has a new chief financial officer. Shatika Spearman, accounting manager with the state Department of Health and Human Services in Columbia, has accepted the post and will begin work Monday. The district made the … more

School board trustees postpone action on employees' school choice provision

Sumter school board members postponed a motion last week to allow district employees the perk to choose which district school their children attend as the topic of "facility utilization" reared its head again. Facility utilization was a key … more

Majority of Sumter School Board members will run in November

Even with a majority of Sumter school board members saying they will run for re-election in November, there will be at least one district that does not have an incumbent. Five members of Sumter School District's Board of Trustees confirmed with … more

Sumter School District superintendent says trust, transparency, communication critical for student success

New Sumter School District Superintendent William Wright talked about how he means business with the district's Board of Trustees at his first meeting Monday. After thanking the board for the opportunity to lead the district in his first official … more

1st board meeting for new Sumter School District's superintendent is Monday

A new superintendent's first meeting, a public hearing on the 2023 budget and a provision to allow district employees to enroll their children in a school of choice all headline Sumter school board's meeting Monday. Public participation is also … more

Manning High School graduate is now principal

MANNING - Dr. Kelvin Lemon, a former Monarch, is the new principal at Manning High School. Lemon, who is a 1994 MHS graduate, said he's ready to push forward with plans that he has compiled to help move the students at MHS into the future. "I … more

Fraternity recognizes 9 area high schoolers with scholarships, awards

A local chapter of a historically African American fraternity has awarded nine area public high school students with annual awards and scholarships for academic achievement. The Gamma Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity recently recognized … more
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