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S.C. school districts to get $846M more in COVID-19 relief funds; Sumter in line for $23.6M

South Carolina school districts are about to receive access to a much bigger pile of COVID-19 relief funds, and the state Department of Education wants it to go toward implementing full, five-day, face-to-face classroom instruction. A total of … more

Clarendon residents ask McMaster in petition to not sign bill introduced by Sen. Kevin Johnson

Clarendon County residents are signing a petition in opposition to SB 478, a bill Sen. Kevin Johnson, D-Manning, introduced in late January. Members of the community started the petition, labeled "Opposition to S 0478," after last Friday's … more

Rep. Clyburn, Sen. Coons reintroduce bill honoring Brown v. Board sites including those in Clarendon County

With February being Black History Month, there is now no greater time to honor the legacy of African-Americans in our local communities than with a commemoration of the places where they fought for equality and civil rights. House Majority Whip … more

Homeschool enrollment in Sumter up 198 students

Roughly half of Sumter School District's decline in total student enrollment this school year went to the homeschool ranks, but many of those families may go back after the pandemic. Jade McLeod, the district's executive director of instruction, … more

Who's counting, really? Sumter School District students, teachers celebrate 100th day of school

School has aged some of Sumter's students and teachers quite a bit. Classrooms, both virtual and in-person, found ways to celebrate last week. Some, such as Manchester and Kingsbury elementary schools, marked the 100th day of … more

Liberty STEAM Charter board in Sumter to hear demographic profile of founding class Monday

A founding class enrollment profile, spring recruitment strategy update and facility update are headline items for Liberty STEAM Charter School's Board of Directors' scheduled monthly meeting on Monday. A charter staff member distributed the … more

Committee reports, superintendent's report before Sumter school board

After a busy last week with board committee meetings, those committees will report recommendations and have discussion with the full board at Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday. The school board's … more

Clarendon 1 leaders alarmed by low 1st semester performance, attendance

As school districts in Clarendon County are working to get all students back in the classroom full time, most are facing challenges attributed to the continuous COVID-19 pandemic: students' performance in classes. Clarendon School District 1's … more

Sen. Johnson looks to appoint 2 more board members to Clarendon 4; community concerned about school district consolidation process, to hold meeting tonight

Community members and school board officials in Clarendon County will voice questions and concerns at a public meeting tonight at Weldon Auditorium about a new bill that Sen. Kevin Johnson, D-Manning, introduced on Jan. 21. Johnson, who … more

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

Carolina Grove co-owner Jim Mayes Jr., right, recognized Alice Drive Elementary School's Holly Williamson as January's Teacher of the Month on Tuesday. By earning the most votes from the public of four finalists in The Sumter Item's online … more

Campus Corner for Jan. 30, 2021: Students from Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties

ANDERSON UNIVERSITY ANDERSON - Despite the incredible challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the following students were named to the Dean's List at Anderson University for the fall semester, 2020. In order to be named to the Dean's List, a … more

Campus Corner for Jan. 29, 2021: Students from Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties

SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE WINFIELD, Kansas - Top scholars at Southwestern College in Winfield and at Southwestern College Professional Studies have announced the fall 2020 Dean's Honor Roll. Lindsey Breeden of Shaw Air Force Base was named to the … more

Science-technology focus key for Sumter Liberty STEAM Charter School's parents

Several families of soon-to-be kindergarten "scholars" at Liberty STEAM Charter School said they are excited to receive full admission from the school's waitlist after the founding board of directors guaranteed the school's expansion … more

Sumter School District balance now at $25.4M

They have been "years needed," according to Sumter School District's outside auditor. That was Mauldin and Jenkins' partner Tim Lyons' description of the five-year trend of additions to the Sumter School District general fund balance in his … more

Lee school district administrator selected to Riley Fellow program

Gerard Edwards, a Lee County School District office administrator, has been selected to participate in the Riley Institute at Furman's Diversity Leaders Initiative, a highly interactive five-month program now in its 18th year. Edwards has many … more

A new safety feature in pandemic: Desk shields will be used in each Sumter School District classroom by all students moving forward this semester

Cleaning checklists, personal protective equipment supplies and health services are buzzwords in Sumter School District in the COVID-19 pandemic and highlighted discussion at Monday's board of trustees' meeting. District administrators in charge … more

Alice Drive Elementary's Holly Williamson named Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month for January

This is the fifth 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 School District to return to in-person hybrid learning Feb. 1

After spending the last seven school days in December and all of January fully virtual, Sumter School District will return to hybrid/blended instruction for all grades on Monday.The instructional … more

Study shows elementary students most affected by 'COVID slide'

Most officials think student achievement levels will fall nationwide and in South Carolina in the spring because of remote learning in the pandemic, and a recently released study provides insight into projections for the state. The study, … more

Finances, school operations update before Sumter School District Board

Finances and operations amid the pandemic headline Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' meeting set for Monday night. A district staff member posted the agenda online at the end of the week for the media and general public. Outside … more
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