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Sumter Career and Technology Center becomes part of TransformSC network

The Sumter Career and Technology Center has made steps forward in recent years, and it hopes a new collaboration with a statewide education innovation group will help it continue to grow and develop. Shirrie Miller, director of Sumter School … more

SCDNR'S Archery in Schools awards scholarships

SCDNR held its 2019 South Carolina Archery in Schools State Tournament at Sumter County Civic Center last week. The three-day competition involved 1,100 students from elementary, middle and high schools across the state who shot bullseye and 600 … more

FOIA: No documented complaints about Sumter's R.E. Davis

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees has provided no emails, text messages or other documentation of complaints from school parents or teachers pertaining to transition difficulties at R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy this year. The … more

Sumter school board to meet with attorneys Monday in called meeting

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will have a special-called meeting on Monday night to discuss its current appeal process with attorneys. Most of the meeting will be behind closed doors in executive session. A district spokeswoman … more

LCSD Parent Advisory Council Art Show winners announced

SUBMITTED BISHOPVILLE - The winners of Lee County School District's inaugural Art Show were announced at the monthly Parent Advisory Council meeting on Monday. First place was awarded to Lee Central High School junior Nidaisha Thomas, second … more

Looking good, feeling good: Sumter's Crosswell Drive students get haircuts, encouraging words

Barbers from Undisputed Barbershop visited Crosswell Drive Elementary School on Monday to give male students a fresh haircut and to talk to them about the importance of being well-groomed. The Look Good Feel Good mission is to allow these young … more

Experience yarn art by 4,000 Sumter School District students on Sunday

PHOTOS PROVIDED Laurice Prince, above, Wilder Elementary School art teacher, stands beside a display complete with yarn birds created by her students for the Sumter yarnbombing installation. At left are creations by Ashley Stancil's class at … more

Lakewood High School to hold bazaar on Saturday, tables available

FROM STAFF REPORTS In an effort to bring the school and community together, Lakewood High School will host a bazaar from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Included will be several silent auctions, food vendors, yard sale items, a bounce house and … more

Gospel artist to perform at Morris College

Morris College is kicking off spring with a special guest, and the community is invited. Gospel recording artist Denise Tichenor-Davis will perform alongside Morris College Gospel Choir in the Morris … more

Cherryvale Elementary to present The Jungle Book Kids Musical on March 28

FROM STAFF REPORTS Cherryvale Elementary School will present The Jungle Book Kids Musical and art show Thursday, March 28. The art show will begin at 4:30 p.m., and The Jungle Book production will … more

Sumter school board votes down personnel report 6-2

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $16 million spring bond resolution on Monday, but the district's personnel report was voted down at the regular work session. The annual bond resolution, which is routine, will be … more

21st-century learning with a national cause at Sumter's Millwood Elementary School

On Wednesday at Millwood Elementary School, 21st-century learning was on display for the good, old-fashioned cause of helping others. Before a room full of about 350 students, a team of eight fifth-graders presented what they've learned in the … more

Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford named Morris commencement speaker

SUBMITTED Lt. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford has been named the commencement speaker for Morris College's 108th Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at Sumter County Civic Center, 700 W. Liberty St. Crawford became the Army chief … more

About $20K in attorney fees expected in Sumter School District's appeal

Reopening Mayewood Middle School is expected to cost Sumter School District at least $20,000 in attorney fees, about $13,300 of which has already been incurred as of Friday. The Sumter Item obtained legal billing totals this week via a Freedom of … more

Gov. McMaster: Sumter school board actions 'going to cost us'

The governor of South Carolina joined the list of officials who have condemned recent decisions by the Sumter school board to reopen Mayewood Middle School and alter financial recovery plans … more

Sumter native, veteran educator receives Clemson's Distinguished Service Award

CLEMSON - Sumter native and long-time educator Titus Duren is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that the association bestows on former Clemson Tigers.Duren graduated from Clemson … more

3 trustees address 2 Sumter school board issues

The scenario of financially investing more into additional capital assets by the Sumter school board over the quality of its teaching personnel when enrollment is declining is a major issue many say the district's trustees are facing. A second, … more

Clarendon Hall students earn top awards at SCISA Music Festival

SUMMERTON - Nine students from grades 4-12 represented Clarendon Hall at the SCISA Music Festival held March 12 at University of South Carolina School of Music. According to SCISA, more than 800 students competed at the annual event. … more

USC Sumter Upward Bound takes 3rd in scholars bowl

USC Sumter Upward Bound competed in the SC TRiO Scholars Bowl recently at Midlands Technical College, where they took third place. This was their first year competing. The following students represented Manning High School and USC … more

Manning High student wins Optimist Club of Clarendon's essay contest

MANNING - William Shaw, a senior at Manning High School, recently won the Optimist Club of Clarendon's essay contest based on a theme of "When All the World's Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?" He was recognized for his … more
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