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Crestwood High School student wins national award for leadership, volunteerism

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans has named local student Derrick Prince of Crestwood High School as a 2021 Billy Michal Student Leadership Award recipient. The national honor is awarded annually to … more

Sumter Liberty STEAM Charter School unveils artist rendering of its campus

This week, Liberty STEAM Charter School administrators unveiled an artist rendering of the public charter's Primary Academy campus, which is currently undergoing renovations. The school is scheduled to open in August for its founding K-1 classes in … more

Sumter School District to have remote learning Thursday amid severe weather forecast

Sumter School District students will learn from home on Thursday, March 18, due to the “strong possibility of severe weather.” The learning will be asynchronous, according to district … more

Clarendon 4 board to discuss consolidation at community meeting

After a school board meeting earlier this week, Clarendon School District 4's Board of Trustees is now holding its quarterly community meeting on Thursday, March 18, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The board will discuss several items, including introducing … more

As COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins for teachers, Sumter School District to expand to 5-day in-person learning

Monday, April 19, is Sumter School District’s planned transition date back to five-day, face-to-face, instruction for all students in all schools. As the state moved to allow frontline … more

6 Thomas Sumter Academy students win national contest

Thomas Sumter AcademyThomas Sumter Academy and the Daughters of the American Revolution recently announced that 12 TSA students won at the state level and six students won national titles in the Junior American Citizens "400th Anniversary of the … more

Campus corner for March 16, 2021: Students in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties

GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY STATESBORO, Georgia - Georgia Southern University recently recognized approximately 3,850 students on the Fall 2020 Dean's List. Christian Buford of Sumter has been named to the list for excellence in academics. To be … more

Alice Drive Middle School's Caitlin Dabkowski is named Swamp Fox Teacher of the Year

Caitlin Dabkowski, a teacher at Alice Drive Middle School, was recently named the Swamp Fox Chapter of the Air Force Association Teacher of the Year. She will receive a $500 award and will compete for the state-level honor. more

Sumter Liberty STEAM Charter's Ivey is being recognized as 2021 Outstanding Alumni from USC

One of the founding leaders of Sumter County's first tuition-free public charter school was recently recognized by his alma mater. Trevor Ivey, Liberty STEAM Charter's founding chief of staff, was selected to receive the 2021 University of South … more

Bill introduced by Manning Sen. Kevin Johnson would merge all Clarendon districts

As Clarendon School Districts 1 and 3 ready for consolidation this July, state Sen. Kevin Johnson's plan to merge all the county's school districts into one is the clear endgame now with a new bill he introduced this month. Johnson, D-Manning, … more

Sumter School District to move forward with energy savings program

Sumter School District will move forward with an energy savings program contract with Trane Technologies and funding that program through the issuance and sale of a bond. Those actions come after the district's Board of Trustees unanimously … more

Sumter School District plans to begin vaccine clinics Wednesday

Working in conjunction with Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, Sumter School District will offer four days of teacher and staff COVID-19 vaccine clinics during the next two weeks at the Sumter County Civic Center. Starting Wednesday, the district … more

McLeod Health donates $25,000 to CCTC

SUBMITTED BY McLEOD HEALTH MANNING - As a partner in nursing education for the region, McLeod Health has made a contribution to an area nursing school. Support of valuable educational offerings is reflected in this year's $25,000 gift to Central … more

Sumter School District finances, teacher bonuses tabled for now

A "wait-and-see approach" on employee bonuses given budget unknowns in the pandemic will be the direction for Sumter School District's Board of Trustees moving forward. With a unanimous vote by the full board on Monday, trustees agreed to … more

Sumter School District will allow alternative means of public participation

After basically a year without public participation amid the pandemic, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will move forward with allowing public comment, albeit in a different format, at its April board meeting. That comes after the full … more

Opportunities take flight: Crestwood High School begins Sumter School District’s first drone certification program

Given the digital age we live in, you may see drones regularly flying around Sumter in three to four years, and the licensed pilot of that drone could be a current ninth-grader at Crestwood High School. That is the premise of a new curriculum - … more

9 of 10 lead teachers at Liberty STEAM Charter School from Sumter School District

Sumter County's first-ever tuition-free, public charter school has hired all 10 of its lead classroom teachers for its fall opening, and nine of those experienced teachers will come from Sumter School District. Liberty STEAM Charter School … more

Homeschooling becomes a family affair for Sumter residents during pandemic

After her daughter, Elise, struggled with virtual learning last spring in public school at the start of the pandemic, Tiffaney Capell decided to pursue a personal dream and began homeschooling her through a local association. Close to 200 kids in … more

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

Carolina Grove co-owner Jim Mayes Jr., right, recognized Furman Middle School's Ashley Cappelmann as February's Teacher of the Month on Wednesday. By earning the most votes from the public of four finalists in The Sumter Item's online contest, … more

Summerton residents voice opinions on renaming of St. Paul Elementary School

On the first night of March, Clarendon School District 1's Board of Trustees heard the voices of individuals in the community about the renaming of St. Paul Elementary School at their school board meeting. This issue dates back to last year when … more
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