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Sumter School District's Ivey takes position to lead Thompson's new charter school

A veteran Sumter educator is leaving Sumter School District to help lead a new charter school. Trevor Ivey will serve as chief of staff for what, if approved, will be Sumter’s first charter … more

Crestwood rising senior named FBLA national president

Since being a youngster, Travis Johnson has been preparing for his future and success down the road. As a fifth-grader at R.E. Davis Elementary School, he had the opportunity to job shadow local attorney and state Rep. David Weeks, D-Sumter, for … more

Central Carolina Technical College offering alumni career services workshops

If you've graduated from Central Carolina Technical College and need help in a job search or career change, the college says it has a new workshop that might be just what you need. Misty Hatfield, CCTC's director of development and alumni, spoke … more

Sumter County Council Vice Chairman Byrd: Time to 'move forward' with school district

Sumter County Council Vice Chairman Jimmy Byrd doesn't want to rehash the past. After council's 4-3 vote on June 25 to deny Sumter School District's request to increase the millage rate, Byrd told The Sumter Item on Tuesday the goal now needs to … more

Martin-Knox begins as Sumter School District superintendent

When Penelope Martin-Knox went off to college, she thought she wanted to be a pediatrician but later learned her passion was in teaching. After a 26-year career in public education, she is now Sumter School District's new … more

Sumter County Council Chairman Baten says school district needs fiscal autonomy

Sumter County Council Councilman Eugene Baten attests "Team Sumter" died with council's 4-3 vote to deny Sumter School District a millage rate increase two weeks ago. Baten, who spoke to The Sumter Item last week and on Monday about the … more

USC Sumter tuition will stay same next year

Tuition will not increase next year at USC Sumter. The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees recently approved a budget plan that includes keeping per-semester undergraduate tuition in Sumter at $3,579 for in-state residents and $8,919 … more

Councilman Baker: Sumter School District 'turmoil' turned constituents off millage increase

Sumter County Councilman Artie Baker said he turned down a tax increase for the school district because his constituents voiced opposition to the request after the past couple years' "turmoil." Baker spoke to The Sumter Item on Monday after … more

2 more Sumter councilmen weigh in on school district millage denial

Since Sumter School District's Board of Trustees voted to close Wedgefield's F.J. DeLaine Elementary School in his area in April 2018, Sumter County Councilman Chris Sumpter has voted two consecutive years against its millage increase … more

Sumter School District Interim Superintendent Hamm reflects on challenges, accomplishments in two years leading district

She stepped into a difficult situation. In spite of inheriting lingering financial issues related to overspending and a program's misuse of state funding that initiated a State Law Enforcement Division investigation, vocal community leaders say … more

Sumter school board adopts 2020 budget with $206K shortfall

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees unanimously adopted its fiscal year 2020 budget, which begins Monday, late Thursday at a special-called meeting at the district office with a $206,645 estimated shortfall. Both the board and … more

Sumter County Councilman Edens: District too 'top heavy;' money doesn't solve problems

Sumter County Councilman Charles Edens gave several reasons for why he turned down a millage increase request for Sumter School District, but his bottom line is the district is "so top heavy" with staff. He also said history shows more money … more

Sumter school board meeting today at 5 p.m.

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees has a called meeting this afternoon at 5 p.m. on next year's budget and other financial matters. The first item on the meeting agenda is a public budget hearing. Another agenda highlight is the board's … more

Sumter teacher selected for C-SPAN fellowship

A past Sumter School District teacher of the year who became a finalist for the statewide competition was recently bestowed another accolade, and this one will bring the social studies teacher to Washington, D.C. Zachariah Lowe, a teacher at R.E. … more

Sumter County Council turns down any school district millage increase

As expected, but not without drama, Sumter County Council turned down Sumter School District’s request for any millage increase request Tuesday night at its regular council meeting. Council … more

SC Wins scholarship can help cover tuition for qualifying CCTC students

SUBMITTED Central Carolina Technical College has received funding through the SC Workforce and Industrial Needs Scholarship, which allows students - including those enrolled in dual enrollment courses - to earn college credit at little to no … more

Morris student named competitiveness scholar

Morris College's Kenton Kelley stands in a unique position. A rising senior, Kelley was named last week as a 2019 Historically Black Colleges and Universities Competitiveness Scholar. The award is the highest student recognition for the White … more

Crestwood FFA brings home 1st, 2nd from state convention

Members of the Crestwood FFA Chapter traveled to Clemson recently to participate in the 92nd South Carolina FFA State Convention and didn't come home empty handed. Crestwood FFA placed first in … more

LCSD's Brown earns highest certification in business

SUBMITTED BISHOPVILLE - Taylor Brown, budget specialist for Lee County School District, has successfully completed and passed the School Business Specialist Certification Exam, earning her the designation of Certified School Business Specialist. … more

CCTC's Titan SPARK! scheduled for Friday

FROM STAFF REPORTS Central Carolina Technical College will hold Titan SPARK! from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in Room M401 in Building M400 on the Main Campus. SPARK (Student Priority Advising and Registration Kickoff) will allow future students to … more
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