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Instructional staff update before Sumter Liberty STEAM charter board

An instructional staff update and more details on a Welcome to Liberty event later this month for founding families headline items for Liberty STEAM Charter School's Board of Directors scheduled monthly meeting on Monday. A charter staff member … more

Public comment, next year's budget on Sumter School District board's table

Public comment and an initial fiscal 2022 budget discussion lead items before Sumter School District's Board of Trustees at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Monday. A district staff member posted the meeting agenda online this week for … more

Levi Pearson Scholarship applications now available to youths of Sumter, Clarendon, Lee and Williamsburg counties

The Levi Pearson Scholarship Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2021 scholarship. All interested high school seniors who wish to pursue a higher education can apply for the scholarship this month. This is the ninth anniversary of … more

Sumter's CCTC tuition to remain the same next year

Central Carolina Technical College will not raise tuition for the 2021-22 academic year. In recognition of economic uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic, this tuition freeze ensures CCTC students will see no change to their tuition bill in … more

Wilson Hall raises more than $17k for children's hospital

PHOTO PROVIDED Wilson Hall students raised $17,371 for the Prisma Health Children's Hospital by hosting its fifth-annual Dance Mini-Marathon. In partnership with the University of South Carolina Dance Marathon, which raises more than $500,000 … more

Wednesday is 1st deadline for public comment to Sumter school board

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees is allowing public comment, albeit in a different format, for the first time in a year, and Wednesday is the first deadline for submission for a board meeting. At its March 8 meeting, the full board … more

2 Manning High School teachers accepted into Discovery Education program

Two local high school science teachers are now a part of a larger network of educators after being accepted into the Discovery Education Community team's DEN - Discovery Education Network - STAR program. Emelda Abongnwi-Williams and Dr. … more

Wilson Hall Middle School Battle of the Books team wins state championship

PHOTO PROVIDED Wilson Hall's Middle School Battle of the Books team, advised by Susie Herlong and Molly McDuffie, won the S.C. Independent School State Championship. America's Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students in … more

Nominations open for April's Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month contest

Nominations are now open for April's Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month contest. To nominate your favorite K-12 teacher from a public or private school in Sumter, go to www.theitem.com/teacher. Four finalists will be chosen by The Sumter Item … more

Sumter School District slowly works through its CARES funding

As Sumter School District juggles two COVID-19 relief and response funding pots totaling about $7.5 million, another much bigger pot is available in Columbia. A trustee is proposing the district offer expanded summer learning camps to help spend the … more

Sumter district releases revised meal distribution procedures

As Sumter School District has upcoming transitions on the calendar, it released revised meal distribution and curbside pickup dates and procedures on Tuesday. Meal distribution and curbside pickup will continue from 9 a.m. to noon. The … more

Sumter School District employee bonuses likely discussed again Tuesday at Finance Committee meeting

Given Sumter School District's most updated financial projections show a net income of $4.8 million this year, the topic of employee bonuses might be on the table again tonight for the trustees' Finance Committee meeting. A district staff member … more

Clarendon 2 schools offer 5 days in-person instruction in April

Clarendon School District 2 will offer five days of in-person instruction starting on April 12, Superintendent Shawn Johnson said in a news release Tuesday. "We appreciate the support you've shown as we navigated these uncharted territories," … more

Morris College presents awards at 2021 Honors Day Convocation

Inside the Neal-Jones Auditorium, honor students stood in unison as Morris College President Leroy Staggers congratulated them for their academic achievement at Thursday's 2021 Honors Day Convocation. "Pandemic or no pandemic, this is an … more

Campus corner for March 23, 2021: Students from Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties

TROY UNIVERSITY TROY, Alabama - Adrianna Oliver of Shaw AFB was the recipient of a Troy University Foundation Scholarship during the 2020-21 academic year. Oliver was awarded the Troy for Troops Current Scholarship. The Troy University … more

Thomas Sumter Academy's Sarah Maloney named Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month for March

This is the seventh 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

Sumter County Museum awards $1,000 scholarship, names essay contest winners

The Sumter County Museum held its Myrtis G. Osteen Essay Contest and Scholarship Program on Sunday afternoon. The Sumter County Historical Society held this essay and scholarship program for many years. Last year, the Sumter County Museum … more

Crosswell Drive Elementary's 'accelerated remediation' approach deemed best practice by international group

Unprecedented challenges call for unprecedented solutions. That describes the new approach of Crosswell Drive Elementary School in addressing students' pandemic-impacted education, and the school has been recently recognized with a national honor … more

Sumter School District's Millwood council named among top-5 in S.C. for 3rd straight year

Sumter School District's Millwood Elementary School hopes the third time will be the charm. For the third consecutive year, the S.C. School Improvement Council named Millwood's improvement council a top-five finalist for the state's top honor on … more

Johnsons relay consolidation updates to Clarendon 2 board

Clarendon School District 2 Board of Trustees voted at Tuesday's meeting to approve a lease agreement for a condo in Manning that would be available to any staff or employee of the school district who needs available housing. Board members … more
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