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A 14-year public education veteran who has held numerous roles will be the next primary academy director at Liberty STEAM Charter School. Liberty announced on Friday that current Williamsburg County School District elementary school principal … more
It’s cap and gown time again for area high school seniors. Sumter School District’s three high schools and two affiliated programs will hold separate graduation ceremonies this week, … more
The Ross McKenzie Emerging Leaders, consisting of 19 high school juniors from Sumter and Lee county school districts, spoke with local professionals, including The Sumter Item's Next Gen news editor and multimedia reporter Alaysha Maple, on Tuesday, … more
Crestwood High School JROTC Unit 873 continues to excel. Under the leadership of retired Master Sgt. Eric Avery, Senior Aerospace Science instructor, and retired Master Sgt. Michael Selle, Aerospace Science instructor, Crestwood's Drill Team had an … more
1. BOARD TO NOT SEEK MILLAGE INCREASE FROM COUNTY For the first time in numerous years, Sumter School District and its board of trustees will not pursue a millage increase from Sumter County Council. According to district Chief Financial … more
When educators read scholarly research on the brain, there is always the potential for misinterpretation. In the field of Mind, Brain, and Education research-informed teaching, these errors are called "neuromyths," defined by the Organization for … more
The Seamless Summer Option, Summer Feeding Program, allows school food authorities to provide free, nutritious meals and snacks to children 18 years of age or younger during summer vacation periods. A person 19 years of age and over with a mental or … more
Technology is changing the way children learn, and two mobile STEM-related buses are helping to drive the future of science and math education in Sumter School District. This school year the district has unveiled the Pilgrim's Mobile STEM … more
School is almost out, so prepare to scream and shout as summer camps for kids of all ages begin to pop up across town. From thrilling outdoor adventures to creative art experiences and everything in between, Sumter's summer camps will have it all … more
In schools throughout Sumter School District, students are growing life skills by growing plants. In six schools in the district, student-run gardens exist, giving classes an opportunity to work with their hands and see visible, long-term results of … more
Ragin Preparatory Christian Academy's Music Department held its inaugural Spring Concert on Monday, April 29, at Patriot Hall. The theme was "A Tribute to Musicals We All Love," with the concert … more
Central Carolina Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees has selected Georgia Mjartan as its next president and CEO. She will assume the role on July 1. Mjartan brings a wealth of executive … more
The Woman's Afternoon Music Club awarded its annual scholarship after its 2024 Music Scholarship Competition, held on April 28 at First Presbyterian Church. This year's adjudicator was Eddie Huss, minister of music at Shandon United Methodist … more
A decade process was worth the wait, as University of South Carolina Sumter held a grand reopening and donor recognition ceremony for its Science Building on Monday. A total of $10.9 million went into the renovation project as the college now … more
The University of South Carolina Brain Health Network opened its brain health clinic in Sumter with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, May 13. In partnership with Prisma Health, the clinic along with others across the state is designed to help … more
STAFF REPORT The 2024 USC Sumter Spring Poetry Contest brought 80 entries by students from Sumter County public and private middle and high schools with the support of their teachers. This is the 39th time the university has sponsored the … more
Four Sumter High School seniors in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) academic program are recognized as AVID scholars at Monday's Sumter school board meeting. All will be attending college next year … more
The 50% quarterly grade floor debate continues among Sumter School District's Board of Trustees, but teachers are overwhelmingly against it, according to a recent survey conducted by district administration. While trustees heard a grading system … more
PHOTO PROVIDED Wilson Hall junior Logan Schumacher won the Congressional Art Competition, and his artwork, a colored pencil and micron pen drawing titled "Far from Perfect," will hang in the U.S. Capitol to represent the 5th Congressional … more
After 10 years at the helm of University of South Carolina Sumter, Dean Michael Sonntag has decided to step down, effective June 30. Citing a need to spend more time with aging family members and other factors, Sonntag, 56, will enter into a … more
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