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Sumter district's new year-end projections are enough to get out of fiscal emergency status

Sumter School District's projections for its year-end fund balance for fiscal 2019 continue to go in the right direction from the district's perspective. District Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Miller updated the board of trustees' advisory … more

Students learn about school's STEAM Lab

Wilson Hall third-grade students Kadacia Pepper, Marsha Kate Skey and Christian Knox cooperate on a class assignment. To promote collaboration and communication, develop problem-solving strategies and improve fine motor skills, students worked on a … more

Darlington-Lee Adult Education Center will hold open house for the public Thursday afternoon

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Darlington-Lee Adult Education Center, 123 College St. in Bishopville, is hosting an open house on Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. DLCAE Site Manager Wanda Govan said the entire Lee County community is invited to attend. The … more

Monthly reports before Sumter School Board Finance Committee on Tuesday

Sumter school board's Finance Committee will hold its September monthly meeting on Tuesday morning at the district office. Area 4 Trustee and Finance Committee Chairman Johnny Hilton announced the meeting recently. District Chief Financial … more

One simple dot: Kingsbury Elementary activities based on popular book promote creativity, confidence

A simple dot can take you anywhere. At least that's what students at Kingsbury Elementary learned on International Dot Day on Friday. Based on the popular children's book, "The Dot," by Peter H. Reynolds, the Kingsbury STEAM team and … more

Great Clips donates to Alice Drive Elementary School

Great Clips donated $1,000 to Alice Drive Elementary School as part of the company's Back-to-School campaign. Great Clips pledged to donate $1 in school supplies to schools across the United States and Canada for every download of the Great Clips … more

Sumter School District assessing old, failing school HVAC systems

HVAC systems' needs across the district's schools highlighted discussion Tuesday night at Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' Facilities Committee meeting at the district office. District Executive Director of Operations Samuel Myers and … more

Frerichs reappointed to term on USC Board of Visitors

FROM STAFF REPORTS Brian Frerichs of Sumter has been reappointed to serve another three-year term on the University of South Carolina Board of Visitors according to a news release from USC. The Board of Visitors assists the Board of Trustees and … more

Do you know the 'Star-Spangled Banner' lyrics? Sumter School District presents National Anthem Day Project on Thursday

Sumter School District presents the 14th-annual National Anthem Day Project at 7 p.m. tonight in the Patriot Hall auditorium, 135 Haynsworth St. Furman Middle School music teacher Linda Beck started the observance 14 years ago after discovering … more

USC Sumter to host annual Constitution Day program

USC Sumter is teaming up with the Sumter County Historical Society to offer a program integrating local history with the Constitution for its annual Constitution Day celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Community members are invited to attend the … more

Sumter Education Foundation's $500K book initiative halfway there

It's been about three years in the works, but the philanthropic arm of Sumter School District has just passed the halfway mark in a literacy program fundraising initiative to provide hundreds of books in each classroom. Susan Hilton, chairwoman … more

Forestry Commission, Manchester State Forest donate to Sumter School District

From left, James Douglas, representing the state Forestry Commission and Manchester State Forest in Wedgefield, presents Sumter School District Superintendent Penelope Martin-Knox and board Chairman … more

Campus Corner: Students from Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties

Columbia College COLUMBIA, Missouri - Samantha Davis of Sumter was recently named to the Columbia College dean's list for the summer semester (April-August 2019). To be named to the dean's list, a student must have completed 12 semester hours … more

Sumter's R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy makes needed changes

From most ways any observer can look at it, R.E. Davis K-8 College Preparatory Academy seems ready to go for this year. Formerly R.E. Davis Elementary School, the K-8 school was in its first year in 2018-19, a year many considered a "work in … more

Volunteer role models sought to talk to fourth-graders in Sumter

Sumter Volunteers Inc. is looking for role models from organizations around the area for its annual My Community and Me program, where they will meet with fourth-graders in Sumter's elementary schools to talk about their roles around the … more

Lee Central High science teacher named district's top teacher

SUBMITTED BISHOPVILLE - Lee County School District named its district-level Teacher of the Year and those for each school at its opening ceremony last week. Lee Central High School's science teacher Mark Davidson was named the district Teacher … more

Welcome back: Public K-12 classes begin across 24 Sumter campuses

Lemira Elementary School teachers Ashleigh Morton and Briana Pierson share many things in common: both are from Sumter, both attended the University of South Carolina Sumter, and both chose teaching as a career to impact lives. They both also … more

Lee County School District welcomes 4 new district-level employees

FROM STAFF REPORTS BISHOPVILLE - Four Lee County School District school level-employees have accepted new assignments for the upcoming year. Dr. Veronica Bradley, former instructional coach at Lower Lee Elementary School, is the new principal … more

New Sumter School District superintendent pushes unity, strength

Sumter School District's annual opening meeting is considered a pep rally, of sorts, for teachers, administrators and staff, and Friday's event at Sumter County Civic Center was right on cue. With an outside welcome from Sumter's three public … more

Wells Fargo Bank gives $5K to CCTC foundation, funds will support 2 identified students this year

Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, recently gave a $5,000 grant to the Central Carolina Technical College Foundation to help the college's students with academic scholarships. Central Carolina's foundation is the charitable arm of the area … more
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