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Election of new chair on tap for Sumter school board's organizational meeting

After some delays this month, the time has come for Sumter School District's Board of Trustees to select a new chairperson and two other officers. A district spokeswoman distributed Monday's board meeting agenda to the media Friday morning, and … more

Manning Early Childhood Center students learn the joy, importance of gardening

MANNING - You're never too young to learn about gardening. Students at Manning Early Childhood Center have been learning how to plant a garden, how to protect plants from pests, how to use their harvests and how to compost, thanks to volunteers … more

Vice chair of Lee County School District Board earns recognition

SUBMITTED Lee County School District's Board Vice Chair Sylvia Scott has earned the highest level of recognition in the South Carolina School Boards Association's Boardsmanship Institute program. Scott will be recognized for her Level 6 … more

R.E. Davis' Lisa Ard named Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month for November

This is the third 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

Lee County School District names 2020-21 District Teacher of the Year

SUBMITTED Lee County School District selected Octavia Anderson as the 2020-21 District Teacher of the Year. Anderson serves as a family and consumer science teacher at the Lee County Career Center and has been a member of the Lee County School … more

Accountability, feedback and ‘no excuses’ culture key for Sumter's Liberty STEAM charter’s start

With 10 years’ experience in the charter school world, the founding executive director of Liberty STEAM Charter School thinks a clear focus on accountability and a “no-excuses” … more

Clemson head ball coach's foundation awards $5K to Sumter charter school

A state-based foundation with a familiar name attached to it has awarded Sumter's first tuition-free public charter school with a $5,000 grant in carrying out its work and effective community engagement. Liberty STEAM Charter School Chief of … more

New logo, ALL4SC presentation, public participation discussed at Clarendon district 4 board meeting

The Board of Trustees for Clarendon School District 4, the newly consolidated district from Summerton-based Clarendon 1 and Turbeville-based Clarendon 3, approved several agenda items at its Monday … more

4 Lee County public schools to change names away from Confederate leader

Four of Lee County’s public schools are taking steps to disassociate themselves from the county’s namesake, Civil War confederate troop leader Robert E. Lee. Lower Lee Elementary, West … more

Voting is open for Sumter's Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month

Vote now for your favorite educator to give him or her a chance to be named November's Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month. Four finalists have been chosen by Item staff from nominations submitted by the public. To vote daily, go to … more

Campus Corner for Nov. 17, 2020: Students in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties

Troy University TROY, Alabama - Troy University announces students who have been named to the Chancellor's List for Term 1 of the 2020-21 academic year. Full-time undergraduate students who are registered for 12 semester hours and who earn a … more

Laurence Manning Academy honors students

2020-2021 First Quarter Headmaster's List SECOND GRADE Bateman Brunson - Cici Hurley Kristen Rembert - Griffin Butler and Avery Floyd THIRD GRADE Meagan Glass - Charlotte Baker, Jackson Brammer, Anne Heaton DuRant, CJ Nesbitt, Vidhi … more

Campus corner for Nov. 11, 2020: University of South Carolina Sumter

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA SUMTER The following local students were named USC Sumter Gold Medallion Scholars: - Sumter - Sahra Almosadder; Morgana Anselmi; Jacob Bittinger; Emilee Byrd; Keeley Hulse; Jada Kirkland; Denzyl Josh Lastimoso; … more

Sumter's Liberty STEAM Charter school requests enrollment expansion

Based on community interest and demand, Sumter's first public charter school is looking to expand its Year 1 enrollment next year from 144 students to 192 students and grow total enrollment at build-out. Liberty STEAM Charter School's founding … more

Summerton’s residents protest the renaming of historic St. Paul Elementary School

A wave of protests and signs saying, “Restore St. Paul” and “St. Paul Elementary for Ever” flooded the front lawn as Summerton residents protested at the Clarendon School … more

Executive director presentation, enrollment campaign, facility update before Liberty STEAM Charter board

A presentation from the school's executive director and updates on its enrollment campaign and school facility will be before Liberty STEAM Charter School's founding board of directors at its monthly … more

Nominations open for Sumter's Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month

Carolina Grove co-owner Jim Mayes Jr. recognized Chestnut Oaks Middle School's Cornelius Blanding as October's Teacher of the Month on Thursday. By earning the most votes from the public of four finalists in The Sumter Item's online contest, … more

Sumter High sophomore to represent Sumter at honors medical program

When Sheriyah Hicks received the news she has been nominated for this year's Congress of Future Medical Leaders and will travel to Boston, she said she couldn't be more thrilled. "I'm excited. This is a really big deal for me because I've always … more

Sumter school board moves its monthly meeting to Nov. 16

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees has moved its regularly scheduled monthly meeting from Nov. 9 to Nov. 16. A district spokeswoman distributed the announcement Wednesday. The meeting will be the first for new board member Gloria Lee, … more

Campus Corner for Nov. 6, 2020: Students in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties

TROY UNIVERSITY TROY, Alabama - Troy University recognized students who completed the requirements for graduation during Term 1 of the 2020-21 academic year. Term 1 graduates include students at Troy's campuses in Dothan, Phenix City and … more
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