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CCTC renews free tuition program for another 5 years

Central Carolina Technical College President Michael Mikota said the biggest challenge facing South Carolina, the nation and the world today is growing and retaining a talented workforce. In that effort, Mikota - on behalf of CCTC - announced … more

Sumter's K-12 education to be priority in 2020

BY BRUCE MILLS There are a few big items up for discussion in the upcoming state legislative session, but K-12 education appears it will be front and center again. That was the belief of Sumter County's two state senators … more

Sumter School District audit shows district's reserves now at $14.3M

For the third straight year with a credentialed chief financial officer on staff, Sumter School District had no surprises with the formal release of its official audit report. Given its financial performance, the district will in likely by lifted … more

Sumter School District Board of Trustees goes 10-for-10 with unanimous votes on Monday

Ten motions, 10 unanimous votes. That was how Sumter School District's Board of Trustees voted Monday night after returning from executive session on various agenda items. That has never happened with the current school board, and members have … more

Audit, special bus transportation committee on Sumter school board's agenda

The district's official audit report and the formation of a special transportation study committee headline Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' regular monthly board meeting scheduled for Monday. A district staff member placed the agenda … more

Money was key to Clarendon consolidation, officials say

Financial incentives that would otherwise not be available are a key reason Clarendon School Districts 1 and 3 are moving forward now with plans to consolidate. State Sen. Kevin Johnson, D-Manning, and a state Department of Education spokesman … more

Full steam ahead into the Christmas season at Sumter's Millwood Elementary School

Students at Millwood Elementary School participated in and attended a Polar Express Night to get into the holiday spirit Tuesday. The free event featured a performance from the Millwood chorus, hot … more

Clarendon school districts 1 and 3 to officially merge August 2021

Clarendon School Districts 1 and 3 are planning to consolidate. The move, which will officially happen in about 1.5 years with the start of the 2021-22 school year, was made amid a current and future state funding environment that does not allow … more

Entertainment for a good cause: Sumter High School student organizing, performing in concert to benefit Emmanuel Soup Kitchen

Sumter High School senior Mark Burns' gift is playing the piano, so it shouldn't be a surprise that, for his community service project required to complete his International Baccalaureate diploma, he is putting on a benefit concert. That concert … more

Grant expands partnership of Sumter County Museum, Sumter High School special education classes

A partnership that gave special education high school students in Sumter work-based learning needed to complete the South Carolina High School Credential Program is being expanded because of a grant. The Sumter County Cultural Commission awarded … more

Author visits St. Anne & St. Jude students

PHOTO PROVIDED Local author Denise Owen was recently invited to a lower school assembly at St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic School. The kindergarten through fourth-grade students enjoyed listening to Owen as she read her books "Turtle Gliding" and … more

Lee County School District Parent Advisory Council to focus on finance

Lee County School District Parent Advisory Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the District Office, 310 Roland St., Bishopville. Financial literacy is the focus of the event titled "Bishopville-opoly: 'Tis the … more
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