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Sumter grandma duo pitches in with virtual school

Since mid-March, Gwen Burk has had the routine down. Her daughter-in-law, Laquetta Burk, arrives about 7:15 a.m. at her home in the Twin Lakes subdivision with the two granddaughters in tow for … more

Voting is open for Sumter Item's Teacher of the Month

Voting is now open for the first contest in The Sumter Item's Teacher of the Month, presented by Carolina Grove. At least 15 teachers from Sumter's public and private schools were nominated in this first go-round, and four have been selected as … more

Some Sumter students tapped to begin in-person instruction

For Sumter’s youngest students and those who receive supplemental supports, Sumter School District will move to a hybrid/blended model of instruction on Oct. 1 and Sept. 28, … more

Legislators representing Sumter say reopening schools decision Friday will be 'tough call'

Four Sumter County delegation members across political parties say they think Sumter School District has acted appropriately in taking a cautious approach to reopening schools for in-person instruction. State Reps. David Weeks, D-Sumter, and … more

Sumter legislator Smith wants raises and bonuses, but not now

COLUMBIA - The chairman of the House committee that writes South Carolina's budget said he also wants a small raise for teachers and a $1,000 COVID-19 hazard pay bonus for lower-paid state workers, but now isn't the time to spend that … more

Sumter's Liberty STEAM Charter preps for enrollment period for fall

Sumter's first charter school will begin its initial enrollment campaign on Oct. 1 with at least 142 families with age-eligible kids already expressing an interest in the school. Liberty STEAM Charter School leaders and its founding board of … more

After months of debate, education bills likely dead in SC

COLUMBIA — South Carolina lawmakers return to the Statehouse on Tuesday for a super sized two-week special session, but the bills that dominated discussion and time over the past two years will … more

Sumter Item's new contest series to honor Teacher of the Month

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Sumter Item is premiering Teacher of the Month, a new contest series presented by Carolina Grove. Each month, the public can nominate their favorite public and private school teachers from Sumter County online at … more

Crestwood High teacher accused of having sex with teenage student

A Crestwood High School teacher was arrested after being accused of having sex with a student in Sumter County. John Louis Tricoche, 23, of Pelham Drive in Columbia, was charged with two counts … more

Study: USC Sumter No. 2 two-year college in S.C.

For the fourth year in a row, a leading college rankings organization has ranked USC Sumter as the No. 2 community college in the state. USC Sumter was also ranked No. 27 overall in the U.S. for this school year. Niche, an online educational … more

$1.6M grant to fund USC Sumter's Opportunity Scholars Program

For the sixth time, USC Sumter received a $1.6 million grant to support a program that helps low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities succeed in college. The U.S. Department of Education awarded the Sumter campus with … more

Share a photo of your children dressed up as what they want to be to win sweepstakes

submitted S.C. State Treasurer Curtis Loftis announced this week that Future Scholar, South Carolina's 529 College Savings Plan, is celebrating national College Savings Month with a fun social media photo contest. Families can share what their … more

State to begin reporting cases by school

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Santee-Lynches asks residents to support their school district through social media challenge

All residents of Sumter, Clarendon, Kershaw and Lee counties are encouraged to show support for their school district by taking part in a Mask for Class social media challenge on Wednesday. Sumter School District will compete with five other … more

Sumter's Liberty STEAM Charter school's founding board announces transitions

In addition to its name change to Liberty STEAM Charter at its founding board of directors' meeting Aug. 10, Sumter's first public charter school announced a couple other administrative changes. First, the directors unanimously approved for … more

BlueCross BlueShield donates $850K to Morris College for COVID-19 relief

SUBMITTED Morris College was recently awarded funding from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina to support institutional needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds totaling $850,000 will be used to aid the college in offering virtual … more

Campus Corner for Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties: Aug. 27, 2020

CENTRAL CAROLINA TECHNICAL COLLEGE Central Carolina Technical College congratulates students who were named to the Summer 2020 President's List for Full-Time Students: - Sumter - Alex Beaton; Bryson Cornwell; Laura Coulter; Emily Glass; Dylan … more

Sumter High School senior set for future through military at age 17

It's never too early to plan for the future, and for a 17-year-old high school senior, that is deemed true. With the help of his parents and growing up in a military family, Brandon Murphy is ahead of the game in his career and education after … more

Sumter School District to provide meals under CEP; meal card required

SUBMITTED The National School Breakfast and Lunch program beginning Sept. 2 requires that students are identified prior to receiving meals. Sumter School District will issue a meal card to each student who receives weekly meals. Please note, only … more

Sumter-affiliated PTA receives $15,000 grant

The National Parent Teacher Association recently awarded the PTA affiliated with Sumter School District a $15,000 grant to help meet critical needs of students, families and teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.Jessica McKinley, state District 13 … more
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