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Sumter District Teacher of the Year explains how library has evolved

As education has continuously evolved, a library is no longer considered a library but instead a "media center" and who better to talk about the transformation than Sumter School District's Teacher of Year Denise Robinson. Robinson, who was … more

Sumter's Liberty STEAM Charter School plans 'to pivot' from 4th grade to preschool next year

For various reasons including available funding from the state, Liberty STEAM Charter School is "pivoting" from adding two grades next school year to one and moving forward with the intention to add pre-kindergarten soon. Liberty STEAM's Board of … more

Learning about westward expansion at Sumter's Pocalla Springs Elementary School

History came alive at Pocalla Springs Elementary School as fifth-grade students reenacted the westward expansion. To kick off this history unit, students divided into teams and learned firsthand the challenges families faced while embarking on this … more

Sumter school board candidate pool down to 28 after withdrawal from District 2 race

Total candidates for Sumter school board races in November are now down to 28 after a second person withdrew last week. In a withdrawal letter submitted to the Sumter County Voter Registration and Elections Office, Dalzell resident Nicole Smyth … more

Clarendon Hall receives $11K donation from First Citizens

SUMMERTON - Clarendon Hall recently received a donation of $11,000 from First Citizens, according to a news release from the school. First Citizens Area Executive Assistant Tessa Corbett presented the check to Head of School Russ … more

Clarendon schools install UVC lights districtwide

CLARENDON COUNTY - Students, faculty, staff and visitors at every school and in every school bus in the newly formed Clarendon County School District are protected from many airborne pathogens and fungi as well as other surface bacteria thanks to … more

Rose Ann Hilliard-Wilder: A superintendent stalwart, Clarendon leader notched many statewide Black, female 1sts

ALCOLU - Clarendon County lost a beloved mentor, friend, ambassador, people's person, pioneer and leader in education on Tuesday when Rose Ann Hilliard-Wilder passed away at the age of 66. With more than 25 years in education, Wilder was the … more

Alice Drive Elementary School holds Teddy Bear Parade

PHOTOS PROVIDED Excited students filled the hallways at Alice Drive Elementary School in anticipation of the annual Teddy Bear Parade. Led by Principal Eric Masaitis, Chief of Schools Shirley Gamble and Assistant Principal Chris Gradwell, this … more

Camp Leopold in Pinewood receives $30,000 from Bass Pro & Cabela's Outdoor Fund

PINEWOOD - A grant from the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's Outdoor Fund will allow the South Carolina Waterfowl Association to host nearly 1,000 students at Camp Leopold this coming school year, according to a news release from … more

eSTEAM Sumter Festival returns to downtown area on Oct. 1

After a two-year hiatus because of COVID-19, the eSTEAM Sumter Festival is back in 2022. TheLINK Economic Development Alliance, which serves Sumter and Lee counties, will host the event again on Oct. 1 in downtown Sumter and expects at least 60 … more

Sumter school board committee meeting postponed

Sumter school board's Facilities Committee will not meet on Wednesday, Aug. 31, as previously scheduled, according to a district spokeswoman. The committee chairman is trustee Shawn Ragin, and he informed the district office of the notice on … more

With Alston's new job, 3 Sumter school board members work for private schools

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees, the governing body over the local system of 24 public schools, now has three of its nine members who work for private schools in Sumter. While the concept may sound unusual, there is nothing in state … more

Sumter Roads of Independence to host Back to School Block Party on Saturday

With students getting back to school, all are invited to take a homework break this weekend and attend a block party in Sumter. The Roads of Independence Program is hosting its Back to School Block Party on Saturday, Aug. 27, from noon to 4 p.m. … more

City of Sumter, Clemson Extension deliver kits to teach kids about litter's effects

The City of Sumter's Litter Prevention team took its educational push another shove further on Wednesday morning with the delivery of Litter Lesson Kits from Clemson Extension to local elementary schools. Katie Collins, Clemson Extension water … more

College campus safety 101 at USC Sumter with police, fire and rescue departments

Sgt. Maj. James Sinkler of the Sumter Police Department speaks to new Fire Ants recently about common safety pitfalls experienced by college students. He was joined by Capt. Terrance Dupree and Lt. Selena … more

Tim Tebow coming to Wilson Hall's Mission Series in November

Former college football star, New York Times best-selling author and well-known philanthropist Tim Tebow will be Wilson Hall's speaker at its annual Mission Series in November. The school's headmaster, Fred Moulton, confirmed the details on … more

Sumter school board chair reflects on time as a trustee; Jackson is lone board member not seeking to continue on

After serving 10 years on Sumter School District's Board of Trustees, Chairwoman Barbara Jackson is not seeking re-election in November. Jackson is the only trustee on the nine-member board who is not seeking another term in this year's school … more

Sumter school board OKs naming of 2 facilities in honor of area coaches

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees unanimously passed all four motions Monday night, including approving naming two athletic facilities at Sumter High School after long-time coaches. The athletic training room in the school's gym will now … more

Community responds to changes found in Clarendon superintendent contract

Residents and Clarendon County Council members say the new countywide school district could have done a better job setting the superintendent's salary and that he should live in the county he serves. On Friday, The Sumter Item reported on changes … more

Sumter schools superintendent's report, facilities' renaming before school board at Monday meeting

The superintendent's report, committee reports and further discussion and a vote on renaming two athletic facilities at Sumter High School in honor of former coaches highlight the Sumter school board's next meeting. On Friday, a district staff … more
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