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Morris College ROTC cadet commissioned as Army 2nd lieutenant

Thursday was a special day for Derrell Watson. Watson was commissioned in a ceremony inside the Neal-Jones Auditorium of Morris College from a cadet to second lieutenant in the United States Army on Thursday. Watson is the 55th cadet to be … more

Campus corner for May 1, 2021: Students in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties

COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY CONWAY - Coastal Carolina University held its annual Student Involvement and Leadership Awards ceremony on April 20 at Wheelwright Auditorium. During this year's ceremony, outstanding students, faculty and staff, as … more

Sumter School District board committee to be liaisons between the community, district

Sumter's school board has started a new effort to build community relations with the formation of a large Citizens Advisory Committee, and that 24-member group met for the first time on Thursday. Board Chairwoman Barbara Jackson and district … more

Vacancies cloud Sumter School District’s budget projections for next year

Teacher vacancies have thrown a wrench in Sumter School District budget projections in recent years, and it appears that might be the case again in next year's budget. In fiscal 2020 and also in the district's estimates for this year, vacancies … more

Students offered free meals through summer at sites across Sumter

SUBMITTED BY SUMTER SCHOOL DISTRICT The Seamless Summer Option, Summer Feeding Program, allows school food authorities to provide free nutritious meals and snacks to children 18 years of age or younger during summer vacation periods. A person 19 … more

Morris College to hold in-person graduation on Saturday outside

Morris College will hold an in-person commencement ceremony to celebrate the class of 2021 this Saturday. The ceremony will take place on the lawn in front of the Solomon B. Jackson Administration Building on May 1 starting at 10 a.m. S.C. Rep. … more

Clarendon School Districts 2, 4 swear in new officers

Clarendon School Districts 2 and 4 swore in their newly appointed board members on Tuesday after the Clarendon County delegation appointed those nine members last week. Both school districts held a swearing-in ceremony after the delegation appointed … more

Sumter Alice Drive Middle School teacher is in the spotlight for making math fun

What does the U.S. Air Force have to do with STEM-based education? Just about everything, according to retired Col. Bush Hanson, president of the local Swamp Fox Chapter of the Air Force Association, and he presented Alice Drive Middle School … more

Sumter's Liberty STEAM charter rolls out welcome mat

Developing scholars primed for success in life is hard work and a journey, make no mistake about it. That was the clear message from Liberty STEAM Charter School administrators in two Welcome to Liberty family engagement events this week, and … more

Sweatpants not allowed: Sumter High School's pandemic prom, in photos

PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER EDGE / SPECIAL TO THE SUMTER ITEM Sumter High School held its official prom on Saturday, April 24, at the school. Called "Prom-ish," the event featured light refreshments and decorated areas to take photos. The school … more

R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy's Carol Phillips named Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month for April 2021

This is the eighth in a contest series called Teacher of the Month. Presented by Carolina Grove, the public is asked to nominate their favorite K-12 teachers in Sumter's public and private schools. After the nomination period, the public votes … more

In-person summer school dates for Sumter School District set

After learning loss and other challenges associated with virtual learning during the last year, all Sumter School District schools will offer summer school in June for students in the most need. The summer session will run for about four weeks … more

Student's Snapchat profanity leads to high court speech case

WASHINGTON - Fourteen-year-old Brandi Levy was having that kind of day where she just wanted to scream. So she did, in a profanity-laced posting on Snapchat that has, improbably, ended up before the Supreme Court in the most significant case on … more

Sumter High School parents organize 'Prom Part Two'

In an effort to provide as many memories as possible for the Class of 2021, a group of Sumter High School senior parents are organizing an additional prom for the school's seniors. Kipper Ackerman, a parent of a Sumter High senior, spoke recently … more

Delegation swears in 9 trustees for consolidated Clarendon County School District board

Clarendon County's legislative delegation appointed and swore in nine new members on Friday to create the board of trustees for Clarendon County's consolidated school district next year. This decision comes after Gov. Henry McMaster approved a … more

Sumter School District open enrollment applications due by Friday

If you are a Sumter School District parent/guardian and have been putting off completing an open enrollment application for your child to attend an out-of-zone school, the deadline is Friday. The purpose of the open enrollment process is to … more

Summer school, emergency aid spending plans before Sumter School District board

Plans for summer school and also usage of a second round of emergency federal coronavirus aid totaling nearly $24 million headline items before Sumter School District's Board of Trustees on Monday. A district staff member posted the agenda online … more

AFA accepting 2021 scholarship applications

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Air Force Association is still accepting 2021 scholarship applications through April 30. Each year, AFA provides more than $100,000 in academic and flight training scholarships to Air and Space Force members, spouses and … more

EPA funds help South Carolina upgrade diesel school buses

COLUMBIA (AP) - As congressional Democrats introduce legislation to electrify the nation's school bus fleet, South Carolina is getting nearly half a million in federal funds to upgrade some of the state's older diesel school buses. A $480,000 … more

Clarendon 4 board reviews 1st draft of consolidated budget

The first draft of the Clarendon School District 4 fiscal year 2022 budget was presented before the consolidated district board at its Monday meeting as the school board looks ahead to a busy two months leading up to the consolidation of Clarendon … more
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