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SAT going digital in shifting college admissions landscape

The SAT exam will move from paper and pencil to a digital format, administrators announced Tuesday, saying the shift will boost its relevancy as more colleges make standardized tests optional for admission. Test-takers will be allowed to use … more

Sumter trustees accept association's search proposal; meeting marked by lack of discussion again

Sumter's school board is moving forward with a main ally to conduct its next superintendent search and hopes to announce a new district leader by early May. That was new information gleaned from Monday night's regularly scheduled meeting. What … more

Superintendent search, rezoning before Sumter school board Monday

Kicking off its search for a new superintendent and a brief school rezoning update from the project consultant highlight Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' regularly scheduled meeting Monday. Sumter school board recently chose in a split … more

Kingsbury Elementary students donate to Sumter's Crosswell Home for Children

It was fitting that the character value of the month at Kingsbury Elementary School was service for December. Service is defined as lending a hand to help someone else. That character value was demonstrated by the students and … more

Sumter School District reports new highs for weekly cases, quarantined staff

After recording 440 positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff during the first week of January, Sumter School District had 491 virus cases last week. That total is a new weekly high for the district this school year, and Sumter also had a … more

Campus corner: Friday, Jan. 21, 2022

The College of Charleston CHARLESTON - The College of Charleston recently awarded undergraduate and graduate degrees during the winter 2021 commencement ceremony. The following local students earned degrees: - Emily Irvin of Sumter graduated … more

Remote learning total up to 9 schools in Sumter district; 3 more added beginning today

Amid the wildfire spread of the omicron variant, the COVID-19 school shuffle in Sumter School District continues with three more schools shifting to remote learning today temporarily. The additions announced Wednesday afternoon include Crosswell … more

Sumter School District classes going virtual Friday because of winter weather storm forecast

Due to the threat of inclement winter weather in the Sumter community, Friday, Jan. 21 will be an eLearning day for all students in Sumter School District. The district made the announcement … more

Clarendon County schools going to virtual learning Friday due to winter weather storm

Officials from both Clarendon School District 2 and 4 announced Wednesday schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 21, due to severe wintry weather anticipated later this week. Angela Bain, … more

Lee County School District moves to online learning Thursday, Friday amid winter storm threat, COVID-19

Lee County School District designated Jan. 20-21 as e-learning days for students and teachers due to the threat of severe weather, Superintendent Bernard McDaniel said Wednesday. The district will … more

Campus corner: Jan. 19, 2022

Southern New Hampshire University MANCHESTER, New Hampshire - Southern New Hampshire University congratulates the following local students on being named to the Fall 2021 President's List. Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a … more

5 Sumter district schools now fully remote; majority of Chestnut Oaks Middle also learning remotely

Amid the rapid spread of the omicron variant, the COVID-19 school shuffle between in-person and remote learning continues in Sumter School District. With an announcement Tuesday afternoon, five district schools and the majority of students in … more

Santee Lynches Regional COG thankful for grant used to install bacteria-killing UV lights on school buses

Santee Lynches Regional Council of Governments held a press conference recently to give thanks and talk about a grant it won and used to install ultraviolet lights in local school buses. Christopher McKinney, the CEO of Santee Lynches Regional … more

Consultants present 2 new school rezoning options for Sumter district

There is a new draft realignment option on the table that keeps more City of Sumter students at Sumter High School and more students in the northern section of the county at Crestwood High School. Cropper GIS Consulting analyst James Cooper … more

Former financial consultant clears Fall in 2016 Sumter School District crisis

The financial consultant who worked with Sumter School District after its fiscal crisis in 2016 confirmed this week that former district administrator Dana Fall was not involved in any way in the mismanagement. Fall also reaffirmed with The Sumter … more

Laurence Manning Academy Headmaster List and Honor Roll for 2021-22 third quarter

The following students were honored by Laurence Manning Academy for their grades during the 2021-22 third quarter. HEADMASTER'S LIST SECOND GRADE Bateman Brunson - Capers DuBose, Blythe Lee and Nikko Natale Annette Denny - … more

Morris College cancels all homecoming activities

STAFF REPORT Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases locally, nationally and globally and Morris College's commitment to maintain a safe and healthy campus environment, the college has canceled all activities associated with Homecoming 2022 … more

Virus cases, quarantines spike in Sumter School District

The rapid spread of the highly contagious omicron variant resulted in the highest positive COVID-19 weekly case total in Sumter School District last week and the highest staff total in quarantine for the school year. A total of 440 district … more

Search process for next Sumter superintendent also a split vote by school board

In addition to its split vote Monday on extending current Superintendent Penelope Martin-Knox's contract, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees split on another key vote that will affect the district's future. Immediately following the 5-4 … more

2 Summerton schools switch to temporary virtual learning amid staff shortage, COVID-19 surge

Because of the recent COVID-19 surge, two Clarendon County District 4 schools will move to virtual instruction for six days. Clarendon 4 Superintendent Angela Bain announced Monday evening that Dr. Rose H. Wilder and Walker Gamble elementary … more
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