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Barry Leach Memorial Scholarship winners named

PHOTO PROVIDED Twenty years ago, the faculty and staff at Millwood Elementary School established the Barry Leach Memorial Scholarship Fund. Leach taught at Millwood for 23 years, sharing his love for science with his students. He passed away in … more

Art by Wilson Hall senior to be displayed in U.S. Capitol

PHOTOS PROVIDED Wilson Hall senior Emily Gray won the Congressional Art Competition, and her artwork will hang in the United States Capitol to represent the 5th Congressional District of South Carolina. Each spring a nationwide high school arts … more

Vote for Carolina Grove's May Teacher of the Month

Vote now for your favorite educator to give him or her a chance to be named May's Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month. Four finalists have been chosen by Item staff from nominations submitted by the public. To vote daily through May 24, go to … more

Wilson Hall students recognized for artistic talents

Thirteen Wilson Hall students received recognition in the S.C. Independent School Association State Art Competition. Winning first place in their respective divisions were from left: senior Jacob Watt, sculpture; third-grader Wil Alexander, … more

Campus corner for May 15, 2021: Students in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties

CENTRAL CAROLINA TECHNICAL COLLEGE FOUNDATION scholarships The Central Carolina Technical College Foundation awarded 140 scholarships to students totaling more than $115,000 for the 2020-21 academic year. These funds assist students with … more

Twice as nice: Given no 2020 ceremony, Sumter School District honors current, new Teachers of the Year at Celebration of Excellence

It has been a year like no other in education and one that will certainly go down in the history books. As Superintendent Penelope Martin-Knox described it Wednesday at the district's annual Celebration of Excellence, the last year has involved … more

Retired Air Force members fulfill unmet grant to fund Sumter teacher’s aerospace engineering curriculum

Debra Barber wondered why her supervisor needed such an extended clarification on a topic Thursday morning until she walked out of her office to find people waiting for her with good news.The Sumter … more

Levi Pearson Scholarship Foundation to hold annual gala Saturday in Summerton

SUMMERTON - More than seven decades ago, Levi Pearson, along with his brother, Hammett, asked the Clarendon County School Board to pay for gas and maintenance on a school bus that the Pearsons and others in the Davis Station area purchased so that … more

Sumter School District builds in 20-vacancy allowance to balance budget

To balance next year's budget given a now-estimated $967,000 shortfall, Sumter School District is building in a 20-teacher vacancy allowance for 2021-22. District Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Miller provided the revised proposed fiscal 2022 … more

Leading charter foundation official: Public charters can lift all schools

"A rising tide lifts all boats" and a high-performing charter school can improve outcomes for all students, according to a leading charter foundation official in Texas who spoke Monday to Liberty STEAM Charter's Board of Directors. Nora Walsh is … more

Central Carolina Technical College Titans turn their tassels

continued into Saturday. All the keynote speeches were pre-recorded and posted online so students and faculty … more

Committee reports, proposed '22 budget before Sumter School District board

Committee reports and the district's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year lead items before the Sumter school board on Monday night. The board's five committees will have the opportunity to report out, and before the meeting concludes, … more

Liberty STEAM Charter board to continue prep for August opening

With about 90 days until opening its doors to its initial classes of students, enrollment, community outreach and a facilities update will be before Liberty STEAM Charter's founding board of directors on Monday. A charter staff member distributed … more

NAACP president asks Clarendon School District 1 board to rename 2 buildings

Willie Briggs, president of Clarendon NAACP, spoke during the Clarendon School District 1 meeting Monday about requests to rename two buildings in Summerton for historical significance. Briggs asked board members to consider renaming both the … more

Working for the smiles: A look at a day in the life of Sumter district's school ‘lunch heroes’ and changes amid COVID-19

Much has been made about K-12 classroom changes during the pandemic, but what about the changes and "new normal" for school food-service workers? Given Friday, May 7, is national School Lunch Hero … more

Nominations open for May's Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month

Carolina Grove co-owner Jim Mayes Jr., right, recognized R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy's Carol Phillips as April's Teacher of the Month on Wednesday. By earning the most votes from the public of four finalists in The Sumter Item's online … more

Nominations open for May's Morris College Counselor of the Month contest

KAYLA GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM Morris College President Leroy Staggers, right, recognized Crestwood High School's Cassandra Breland as April's Counselor of the Month recently. By earning the most votes from the public of four finalists in The … more

Sumter Career and Technology Center earns STEM certification

Success often leads to more success, and that is the trail Sumter School District's high school career and technology center is trying to blaze going forward. Sumter Career and Technology Center administrators and staff shared Tuesday how the … more

Clemson will freeze undergraduate tuition next school year

CLEMSON (AP) — South Carolina's Clemson University announced Tuesday it will freeze tuition rates and fees for undergraduate students through the upcoming school year. Clemson's board of … more

PHOTOS: Crestwood High School in Sumter holds prom

The Crestwood High School Knights held their COVID-19-era junior/senior prom, named "Un-mask the Knight," on Saturday night at the school's Fine Arts Center. Per district guidelines, the event followed safety protocols to include face masks. Each … more
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