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Sumter's Liberty STEAM Charter dismissing early, eLearning Friday ahead of Hurricane Ian

Editor's note: This article and all of The Sumter Item's hurricane coverage is free as a public service online at We believe having access to reliable, accurate and up-to-date … more

FAFSA season starts: What you need to know for financial aid

NEW YORK (AP) — The Free Application for Federal Student Aid filing season starts Oct. 1 for the 2023-2024 school year. If you plan to attend college next year, experts say you might want to … more

Sumter's eSTEAM Festival, Oktoberfest still on tap for Saturday ahead of Hurricane Ian

With a Saturday filled with events this weekend, some have decided to still push forward at this time. ESTEAM FestivalSumter’s annual 21st Century education learning extravaganza will press … more

Sumter School District schools to dismiss early Thursday ahead of Hurricane Ian; Friday will be eLearning day

Due to the probability of heavy wind and rain from Hurricane Ian, all Sumter School District schools will dismiss early on Thursday and Friday will be an eLearning day for all students. On … more

Sumter native, Columbia teacher receives Fullbright award to study abroad

A Sumter native and teacher was recently awarded a scholarship to go abroad and the opportunity to bring back lessons to teach her students. The United States Department of State and The Fulbright Foreign Scholarship board announced teacher … more

Committee reports, policy changes before Sumter School District Board

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will hold its regularly scheduled monthly work session on Monday night at Lakewood High School. Board committee reports, the superintendent's report and numerous policy matters headline the agenda, which … more

Incumbent Baker faces 2 challengers in District 2 race: English serves in child services sector; Wrenn is retired military

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a series on the nine Sumter school board district seats that are up for election in November. Each week leading up to Election Day, The Sumter Item will analyze a district (alternatively called area) race and … more

Sumter deputies investigate alleged drug use, distribution at Lakewood High School; 3 juveniles under investigation

Sumter County Sheriff’s Office investigators are actively at Lakewood High School and working with Sumter School District to investigate recent incidents and rumors of students using drugs and … more

Central Carolina sees 20% enrollment jump

Central Carolina Technical College President Kevin Pollock says "it's an exciting time for the college." Who would not be excited with a more-than-20% enrollment increase this fall? As of Sept. 9, CCTC had 3,205 students this semester. No-cost … more

How to get a student loan refund if you paid during pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — When President Joe Biden announced a plan to forgive student loan debt, many borrowers who kept making payments during the pandemic wondered if they'd made the right … more

Alston faces 2 challengers in District 1 Sumter school board race

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a series on the nine Sumter school board district seats that are up for election in November. Each week leading up to Election Day, The Sumter Item will analyze a district (alternatively called area) race and … more

Spearman presents Clarendon district with $42 million; Clarendon's Walker-Gamble Elementary School gets money to replace facility with modern one

Walker-Gamble Elementary School's gymnasium was filled on Wednesday for a check presentation of $42 million for the rural consolidated Clarendon County School District. South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman had a busy … more

$42 million in infrastructure money for Lee schools means new school, possible consolidation

On Wednesday, Lee County School District welcomed the South Carolina superintendent of education to present millions of dollars in funding for a new school to be built for students. Molly Spearman presented the school district with a check for … more

Sumter School District to begin salary study of all jobs

For the first time since consolidation in 2011, Sumter School District will begin a full-scale salary study of all positions to include teachers, staff and administrators. The district's Board of Trustees unanimously approved new Superintendent … more

Energy conservation pays off for Sumter School District

Trane representatives present Sumter School District officials on Monday at its school board meeting a rebate check for energy conservation measures the company has implemented throughout the district's schools in a performance contract in the last … more

Public participation, financial reports before Sumter school board Monday at Chestnut Oaks

Public participation, financial reports and the new superintendent’s regular report briefing highlight Sumter School District’s Board of Trustees’ regularly scheduled monthly board … more

2 candidates in District 9 race for Sumter school board; Bonnie Disney, Reginald Evans vie for post since no incumbents reside in new seat area

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a series on the nine Sumter school board district seats that are up for election in November. Each week leading up to Election Day, The Sumter Item will analyze a district (alternatively called area) race and … more

17 Sumter, Clarendon students are awarded foundation scholarships

The Central Carolina Community Foundation set a new record after awarding hundreds of students scholarships totaling more than $550,000 to help them start the 2022-23 school year off on a high note. According to the foundation, $558,445.50 - its … more

Wilson Hall junior receives National African American Recognition Award

PHOTO PROVIDED Wilson Hall junior Rhayne Owens earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs, receiving the National African American Recognition Award. Students who may be eligible to receive the award have a GPA of … more

'Beautiful possibilities' given to 30 Morris College students; full-ride scholarships awarded by The Lou Von Foundation

A tuition-free college education sounds like a dream, students needing a pinch to make sure it's real. Thirty students inside Morris College's Garrick-Boykin Human Development Center needed that pinch on Wednesday after they were given the … more
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