With a new superintendent in Sumter comes new endeavors, and Penelope Martin-Knox announced at Monday's school board meeting that Friday, Nov. 1, will be the district's first-ever "Sumter District Day."
It will be a day for the community to show …
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It will be a day for the community to show its support for the local district and the district's partnership with the community, Martin-Knox said in her official report to the board Monday.
She encourages community members to wear blue that day and share their support of the district through social media by tweeting out #SumterStrong on the Twitter platform.
"We ask that you wear your blue and, whether you are at work, encourage your colleagues, your neighbors and everyone with whom you come in contact with that we appreciate you," Martin-Knox said. "So, please communicate with us how you support our work."
Also, in her report, the superintendent thanked the Sumter Development Board, TheLINK Economic Alliance and the Sumter community for the second-annual eSTEAM Festival on Oct. 5 in downtown Sumter. The festival showcased careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in the greater Sumter region and provided students with valuable and "authentic hands-on experiences," Martin-Knox said.
IN OTHER VOTING
In other news, the school board unanimously approved:
- The district's personnel report, upon the recommendation of the superintendent;
- The nomination of Area 1 Trustee Brian Alston as the board's candidate for Region 7 of the state School Boards' Association Board of Directors; and
- The certification of six trustees as delegates for the state School Boards Association Delegate Assembly in December. Those included Alston, the Rev. Ralph Canty, Johnny Hilton, Barbara Jackson, the Rev. Daryl McGhaney and Shawn Ragin.
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