Sumter School District Welcome Guide 2021-2022

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2021-22

Sumter School District

Welcome Guide


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n behalf of our Board of Trustees and the Sumter School District staff, welcome to the 2021-22 school year. We are pleased to partner with The Sumter Item and Sumter Economic Development to provide this Welcome Guide, which features a variety of insightful information about our schools and the community at large for our parents, students, school district employees and stakeholders. The academic, social, emotional and mental health needs of our students remain at the forefront of our response to reopening schools safely. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and other agencies in addition to input from our stakeholders have been very important in planning for reopening schools. We will continue to keep our stakeholders informed as we update our Safe Return to Schools Plan throughout the school year. School as we once knew it will look different as the learning environment is being reinvented. As we move forward and prepare our students to become college, career and/or military ready, Sumter School District remains committed to focusing on student achievement by ensuring our students are met with challenging curricula and high expectations. We are grateful for the dedicated staff who will ensure that the coming year is one filled with innovation, learning and engagement resulting in the success of our children.

Outstanding things are happening in our schools as our students excel through academics, fine arts, athletics and extracurricular activities. We encourage you to stay informed and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the Sumter School District website for important updates and information. Parents are also encouraged to stay informed by communicating directly with their child’s school. Sumter School District is thankful for the support we receive from our Board of Trustees, staff, parents, students, business partners and community stakeholders. It is my sincerest wish that we continue to work in collaboration to ensure we provide highquality instruction in an environment that is safe, both mentally and physically, for every student. We invite you to embrace our theme, “Our Way Forward,” as we continue to focus on Every School, Every Student, Every Day! We are still #SumterStrong! For the children,

Dr. Penelope E. Martin-Knox Superintendent

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e want to welcome you back to another exciting year of learning! The last few months have been revolutionary and like nothing we have experienced; together, however, we prevailed with vigor and energy. As the new school year gets underway, we are HERE with a sense of newness, ready to further enhance Sumter with the best and brightest in every endeavor. Developing our talent remains a top priority for us, making our collaborative efforts with Sumter School District a critical piece to our body of work. Although circumstances altered our ways of doing business, programs and projects were still executed with excellence. The Ross McKenzie Emerging Leaders Program graduated 16 high school juniors into community leadership roles. More than 90 eighth-grade students in the district interacted with industry representatives and experienced industrial demonstrations during the Manufacturers and Technology Expo. In response to a request by the high school athletic directors, senior athletes were given a playbook on soft skills during the ‘Fit for Life’ program led by business leaders and sports figures. As we recruit global businesses, it’s essential to provide them with a world-class workforce that has the knowledge, aptitude and wherewithal to produce and promote quality goods and services. To achieve this, we must recognize our strengths and the countless assets that make us uniquely Sumter. Since 2018, we have been ‘boosting your eSTEAM’ with an event that has grown quickly with increasing support and statewide interest. Last year, Steamer and friends took eSTEAM on the road to celebrate National Manufacturing Day. This fall, your internationally awarded eSTEAM Sumter Festival is returning to Downtown Sumter, bringing students, parents, educators, and businesses together to showcase and explore career options related to the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) disciplines. Indeed, drawing our community together in this manner emphasizes the great things we have HERE and expresses our community’s forward momentum. We have all the makings of an outstanding community, and it all starts with you. Our people will continue to be our greatest asset and recruitment tool. You are the reason we are HERE and ready to Boost your eSTEAM! Let’s have another stellar school year. We are right by your side! Jay Schwedler President and CEO

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What's inside District Administration Contacts .......................... 9 District Overview ..................................................... 10 New Student Registration ...................................... 12 Attendance............................................................... 13 Food and Nutrition................................................... 16 Inclement Weather Procedures & Fire Safety....... 16 School Safety........................................................... 18 Partners in Education.............................................. 19 School Directory & Principals................................. 20 Sumter School District Board of Trustees............. 24 Sumter Education Foundation................................ 26 Career Readiness..................................................... 29 Points of Pride.......................................................... 30 Working for the Smiles: Sumter's Food Service Workers....................................................... 32 District Teacher of the Year Finalists...................... 36 Campus Teachers of the Year................................. 39 School Calendar...................................................... 42

About this publication The 2021-22 Sumter School District Welcome Guide is a partnership between The Sumter Item, the school district's Public Information Office and Sumter Economic Development. Copyright 2021, The Sumter Item, Sumter School District

Stay Connected Mail: 1345 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter, SC 29150 Telephone: (803) 469-6900 Fax: (803) 469-3769 Website: www.sumterschools.net Follow us: Facebook.com/ SumterSCSChools Twitter.com/ SumterSCSchools

WELCOME from The Sumter Item

On behalf on The Sumter Item staff, I’d like to welcome you to the 2021-22 Sumter School District Welcome Guide. As the Sumter region’s leader in media for more than 127 years, we are glad you are here and hope you enjoy this magazine. Inside these pages and throughout this school year, you will see complete and vibrant coverage of our local schools through The Sumter Item. From features on exceptional student achievement to explanations of complex budget issues to videos showing unique programs in our schools, our mission as Sumter’s premier media company is to keep you informed and entertained. We are ready to help encourage and develop lifelong learners within our community. The Sumter Item of today is more than just a newspaper. Studio Sumter, the video wing of our media company, produces shows such as Sumter Today. Posted weekdays at TheItem.com and Facebook.com/ theitem, the all-positive news show highlights some of the great things happening throughout our community, including much of the activities inside our schools. We also recognize and highlight exceptional teachers 6 2021-2022 Sumter School District Welcome Guide

and counselors throughout our region, featuring those community heroes across our platforms. Our popular local sports coverage is also on display daily inside our newspaper, as well as on our website, video coverage and social media. Follow The Item Sports across our social pages for exciting, expanding coverage of our local teams throughout this 2021-22 school year. If you have not already, please consider subscribing to our local print and digital coverage at The Sumter Item. You can do so by visiting TheItem.com/subscribe. I’d also like to thank our incredible local business partners who make this magazine possible. Throughout these pages, you will see many of the people and businesses committed to helping build our school system and a better Sumter. Thanks to everyone who plays a role in building our community through education, and we hope you have a great school year. Best regards,

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Who to call Sumter School District 1345 Wilson Hall Road Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 469-6900 www.sumterschools.net

Dr. Penelope Martin-Knox, superintendent Ext. 100 penelope.martinknox@sumterschools.net

Arpad Jonas, executive director of information systems and technology Ext. 132 arpad.jonas@sumterschools.net Veronne Davis, executive director of student support services (803) 774-5500 veronne.davis@sumterschools.net

Amy Hansen, administrative manager to superintendent and board of trustees Ext. 100 amy.hansen@sumterschools.net

Samuel Myers, executive director of operations Ext. 510 samule.myers@sumterschools.net

Dr. Brenda Hafner, chief of schools Ext. 103 brenda.hafner@sumterschools.net

Stacey Francis, director of food services 4255 Peach Orchard Road Dalzell, SC 29040 Phone: (803) 499-5950, ext. 109 stacey.francis@sumterschools.net

Jennifer Miller, chief finance officer Ext. 312 jennifer.miller@sumterschools.net Dr. John Koumas, chief human resources officer Ext. 208 john.koumas@sumterschools.net Shelly Galloway, executive director of communication and community engagement Ext. 105 shelly.galloway@sumterschools.net Dr. Jade McLeod, executive director of instruction Ext. 516 jade.mcleod@sumterschools.net

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Transportation Services Leonard Brailsford, Area One Hillcrest transportation office (Crestwood High Feeder Schools) 4305 Peach Orchard Road Dalzell, SC 29040 Phone: (803) 499-3422 leonard.brailsford@sumterschools.net Joshua Johnson, Area Two Sumter High transportation office (Sumter High Feeder Schools) 2580 McCrays Mill Road Sumter, SC 29154 Phone: (803) 481-4480, ext. 6235 joshua.johnson@sumterschools.net Brian Jones, Area Three Furman transportation office (Lakewood High Feeder Schools) 3400 Bethel Church Road Sumter, SC 29154 Phone: (803) 481-3168 or 481.3169 brian.jones@sumterschools.net 2021-2022 Sumter School District Welcome Guide 9


District Overview Sumter School District works diligently to help all students develop the world-class skills, life and career characteristics of the Profile of the SC Graduate by equipping them to be responsible, successful and productive citizens in a global society. We focus on student achievement by ensuring challenging curricula and high expectations. Gaining reaccreditation by AdvancEd, the organization that conducts rigorous, on-site, external reviews of schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential, is evidence of our academic success and continuous improvement. Our academic programs address rigorous standards in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Research-based best practices focus on problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. Data is used to plan and implement instruction in order to differentiate instruction, monitor student progress and set appropriate goals. A MultiTiered System of Support (MTSS) uses databased problem solving to integrate academic and behavioral instruction and intervention. The district infuses 21st-century teaching by emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the use of digital libraries and the implementation of cuttingedge technology. Our students have access to world languages, fine arts, Advanced Placement, college-level dual enrollment, the International Baccalaureate program and the

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Gifted and Talented program. Through our expansive Career Technical Education (CTE) courses and numerous offerings at the Sumter Career and Technology Center, our students are developing career-ready skills. Sumter School District also produces well-rounded students through robust athletic programs and awardwinning extracurricular clubs and organizations. Our students develop life and career characteristics and soft skills through career exploration, including exposure to employers via career fairs, shadowing, work cooperatives and partnerships; efforts and events sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce and workforce readiness partners; and mentoring programs. Character development is encouraged and taught through character education, classroom guidance, small groups and intervention programs. Sumter School District works diligently to ensure that every student graduates on time and is prepared for post-secondary education, is career ready and has the foundation to become a productive citizen. A strong partnership between our families, the community and school personnel greatly enhances academic progress, and we are extremely grateful for your continued support. Sumter School District remains committed to providing every student with a world-class education that will serve as a foundation for their future success.


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Attendance

Important on the first and all days of school.

It is imperative that students attend school regularly. While some absences for illness are unavoidable, nothing can replace the educational, cultural and social contacts students experience through regular participation in class. Students with good attendance achieve more than students who are often absent. Attendance is also a major criterion in preparing students for the world of work. According to state law, students must attend a minimum of 180 days of school a year. New state attendance requirements identify a student as absent if a student is not in attendance for at least 50% of the instructional day. Additionally, students designated as absent (regardless of the reason) for 10% or more days of instruction will be reported to the State Department of Education as chronically absent. Written notes from the parent, guardian or attending physician must be submitted within three days after returning to school, or the absence will be considered unlawful. An absence is considered lawful when it is the result of illness, death in the immediate family, emergencies and recognized religious holidays. A limited number of parent notes may be accepted at the discretion of the principal. South Carolina law states that a student is deemed truant after three consecutive unlawful absences or a total of five unlawful absences. School attendance personnel will contact the parent/guardian regarding unlawful absences and will schedule a conference to develop cooperatively a Student Attendance Intervention Plan, as required by law. High school students who have more than five unlawful absences in a one-unit course or three unlawful absences in a half-unit course may lose credit for the course. Absences are counted in the high schools and middle schools by class, so students are encouraged to report promptly to every class. For further information on attendance laws, contact Coordinator of Attendance Services Tonya Addison at (803) 469-6900, extension 507.

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New Student Registration Registration information for parents

Parents who plan to enroll their child in Sumter School District for the first time are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible to avoid last-minute crowds. Parents may register their child in the school zoned for their residence during regular school hours. Parents unsure of their school zone may contact the district’s attendance office at (803) 469-6900, extension 507. Children must be 4 or 5 on or before Sept. 1 to enroll in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, respectively. State law mandates that children ages 5 to 17 be in school. Upon registration, parents are required to provide school personnel with the child’s official birth certificate or other proof of name and age, proof of residence and the S.C. Immunization Form (DHEC 2740). The district recommends that parents of children transferring from another school district also bring the child’s latest report card. Children transferring from out of state must have their health certificate information on a South Carolina form. Parents must take out-of-state certificates to a doctor or clinic in South Carolina to have the information transferred to the correct form.

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Food Nutriti n All schools in Sumter School District offer well-balanced and nutritious meals in compliance with United States Department of Agriculture guidelines. A standard breakfast meal includes a meat/meat alternate, wholegrain-rich grain, fruit, 100% fruit juice and lowfat milk. A standard lunch meal includes a meat/ meat alternate, whole-grain-rich grain, vegetable, fruit and low-fat milk. All grade levels have an option of purchasing à la carte items. Sumter School District participates in the Community Eligibility Provision Program. All breakfast and lunch meals are free of charge to all students. Meal applications are not required.

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During periods of unsafe weather conditions when it may be questionable to hold school, the school district has several options, including closing school, opening schools one hour late or opening schools two hours late. Decisions for any of these options will be announced to the public no later than 5 a.m. on the day in question on the following local radio and television stations: WIBZ 95.5 FM, WKHT 93.7 FM, WICI 94.7 FM and WDXY 1240 AM. The television stations used are WIS TV 10, WOLO TV 25, WBTW 13, WACH 6 and WLTX TV 19. Information is also announced on the Sumter School District website, Facebook page and Twitter page and on The Sumter Item's website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. In the event of inclement weather, parents will also be notified by telephone through Edulink. Please make sure the school has your correct contact information. Announcements are only made if there is a delay or closing.

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Fire Safety Sumter School District works with the Sumter Fire Department to run fire drills in schools and make sure students and staff know safe exits and procedures in the case of an emergency. Safety tips from the Sumter Fire Department On the day of the drill, the emergency drill alarm will be sounded on the school fire alarm system. Everyone will learn to recognize the sound of the alarm and know what to do when it sounds. Teachers, officials and staff will be familiar with the school's fire protection system, including the location of fire alarm pull stations and sprinklers. On the day of the fire drill, everyone in the school should participate. Students with specific needs will be assigned an adult. Fire drills are a good opportunity to identify who among the student population requires extra assistance. While it's important to make sure students leave the building as quickly as possible, order is more important than speed when it comes to conducting a safe fire drill. Once everyone has safely exited the building, they should remain outside at a predetermined location until the "all clear" has been given to re-enter the school. Fire drills will be held both at expected and at unexpected times and under varying conditions to simulate the conditions that can occur in an actual emergency. School fire drills are a model for students to use in their homes. Encourage students to practice their escape plans at home — just as they do at school.


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School Safety

The first and most important priority of Sumter School District is the safety of our students and staff. Certainly in this day and age, we can never be absolutely protected against all circumstances, but we do educate our students and staff throughout the year and rely on our parents to help us ensure we reinforce our own safety procedures. Our joint emergency action plans were developed in accordance with state and federal best practices and in partnership with local public safety professionals. Law enforcement is a partner in the annual review of the plans, and they evaluate our implementation of emergency drills and provide training for school staff as requested. The review of our plans reveals strengths and weaknesses, and, in some cases, procedures are revised or enhanced. Each joint emergency action plan at the school level helps prepare school sites on lockdown drills, evacuation procedures and natural disaster precautions as well as communication with families, students, parents and communities during a crisis. School safety procedures also address the access of our buildings by the public. A variety of drills are conducted on a regular basis. Training in school safety for school staff takes place throughout the year, and the school district also provides immediate crisis response training for the Disturbance Intervention Response teams and the Mental Health Support teams. Again, the safety and security of our students and staff is a top priority at all times in Sumter School District. Working together, we can ensure that the educational process is allowed to continue in the safe, uninterrupted environment that our children deserve.

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School

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Alice Drive Elementary

Lemira Elementary

Suzanna Foley, Principal 251 Alice Drive Sumter, SC 29150 Phone: 775-0857 Fax: 775-7580 http://ade.sumterschools.net

Stephanie Gregg, Principal 952 Fulton St. Sumter, SC 29150 Phone: 775-0658 Fax: 778-2730 http://lme.sumterschools.net

Cherryvale Elementary

Manchester Elementary

Pamela Rhodes, Principal 1420 Furman Drive Sumter, SC 29154 Phone: 494-8200 Fax: 494-8233 http://ces.sumterschools.net

Maria Dantzler, Principal 200 E. Clark St. Pinewood, SC 29125 Phone: 452-5454 Fax: 452-5423 http://mes.sumterschools.net

Crosswell Drive Elementary

Millwood Elementary

Dr. Shawn Hagerty, Principal 301 Crosswell Drive Sumter, SC 29150 Phone: 775-0679 Fax: 778-2857 http://cde.sumterschools.net

Dr. Cornelius Leach, Principal 24 Pinewood Road Sumter, SC 29150 Phone: 775-0648 Fax: 436-2987 http://mwe.sumterschools.net

High Hills Elementary

Oakland Primary

Dr. Mary Kay Norton, Principal 1705 Frierson Road Shaw AFB, SC 29152 Phone: 499-3327 Fax: 499-9553 http://hhes.sumterschools.net

Josh Campbell, Principal 5415 Oakland Drive Sumter, SC 29154 Phone: 499-3366 Fax: 499-3361 http://ops.sumterschools.net

Kingsbury Elementary

Pocalla Springs Elementary

Phillip Jackson, Principal 825 Kingsbury Road Sumter, SC 29154 Phone: 775-6244 Fax: 775-7021 http://kbe.sumterschools.net

Michelle Curry-McBride, Principal 2060 Bethel Church Road Sumter, SC 29154 Phone: 481-5800 Fax: 481-5813 http://pses.sumterschools.net

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R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy (K-8) Anita Hunter, Principal 345 Eastern School Road Sumter, SC 29153 Phone: 495-3247 Fax: 495-3211 http://redcpa.sumterschools.net

Rafting Creek Elementary Brandon Wells, Principal 4100 Hwy. 261 North Rembert, SC 29128 Phone: 432-2994 Fax: 425-7386 http://rces.sumterschools.net

Shaw Heights Elementary Dr. Melissa Morris, Principal 1495 Frierson Road Shaw AFB, SC 29152 Phone: 666-2335 Fax: 666-3719 http://shes.sumterschools.net

Wilder Elementary David Wright, Principal 975 S. Main St. Sumter, SC 29150 Phone: 773-5723 Fax: 778-2918 http://wld.sumterschools.net

Willow Drive Elementary Jackie Thomas, Principal 26 Willow Drive Sumter, SC 29150 Phone: 773-5796 Fax: 778-2847 http://wde.sumterschools.net


Alice Drive Middle

Hillcrest Middle

Jeannie Pressley, Principal 40 Miller Road Sumter, SC 29150 Phone: 775-0821 Fax: 778-2929 http://adm.sumterschools.net

Tarsha Staggers, Principal 4355 Peach Orchard Road Dalzell, SC 29040 Phone: 499-3341 Fax: 499-3353 http://hms.sumterschools.net

Bates Middle

Crestwood High School

TBD, Principal 715 Estate St. Sumter, SC 29150 Phone: 775-0711 Fax: 775-0715 http://bms.sumterschools.net

Dr. Shirley Gamble, Principal 2000 Oswego Road Sumter, SC 29153 Phone: 469-6200 Fax: 469-7678 http://chs.sumterschools.net

Chestnut Oaks Middle

Lakewood High School

Jenaii Edwards, Principal 1200 Oswego Road Sumter, SC 29153 Phone: 775-7272 Fax: 775-7601 http://coms.sumterschools.net

Dr. Maggie Wright, Principal 350 Old Manning Road Sumter, SC 29150 Phone: 506-2700 Fax: 506-2712 http://lhs.sumterschools.net

Ebenezer Middle

Sumter High School

Marlene De Wit, Principal 3440 Ebenezer Road Sumter, SC 29153 Phone: 469-8571 Fax: 469-8575 http://ems.sumterschools.net

Nicholas Pearson, Principal 2580 McCrays Mill Road Sumter, SC 29154 Phone: 481-4480 Fax: 481-4021 http://shs.sumterschools.net

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Michael Riggins, Principal 3400 Bethel Church Road Sumter, SC 29154 Phone: 481-8519 Fax: 481-8923 http://fms.sumterschools.net

Maintenance/Warehouse TBA, Dir. of Maintenance 1345 Wilson Hall Road Sumter, SC 29150 Phone: 469-6900, ext. 602

Food Services

Stacey Francis, Dir. of Food Serv. 4255 Peach Orchard Road Dalzell, SC 29040 Phone: 499-5950, ext. 109 Fax: 499-5959

Sumter Career and Technology Center Dr. Shirrie Miller, Principal 2612 McCrays Mill Road Sumter, SC 29154 Phone: 481-8575 Fax: 481-4232 http://sctc.sumterschools.net

Sumter Adult Education Dr. Vanessa Canty, Director 905 N. Main St. Sumter, SC 29150 Phone: 778-6432 Fax: 775-4665

Sumter School District Administrative Office Dr. Penelope Martin-Knox, Superintendent 1345 Wilson Hall Road Sumter, SC 29150 Phone: 469-6900 Fax: 469-3769 http://sumterschools.net

Sumter School District Annex 220 Hasel St. Sumter, SC 29150 Phone: 774-5500

James Boone, Principal 475 Crosswell Drive Sumter, SC 29150 Phone: 774-5900 Fax: 774-5901 http://ba.sumterschools.net

Transportation Services

Leonard Brailsford, Area One Hillcrest Transportation Office (Crestwood High Feeder Schools) 4305 Peach Orchard Road Dalzell, SC 29040 Phone: 499-3422 Joshua Johnson, Area Two Sumter High Trans. Office (Sumter High Feeder Schools) 2580 McCrays Mill Road Sumter, SC 29154 Phone: 481-4023

Brian Jones, Area Three Furman Transportation Office (Lakewood High Feeder Schools) 3400 Bethel Church Road Sumter, SC 29154 Phone: 481-3168 or 481-3169

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Brian L. Alston

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About the Board Sumter School District is governed by nine elected members of the Board of Trustees. Seven members represent single member districts throughout Sumter, and two are members at large. The board members are an important aspect of the district leadership. The board sets policy, approves the budget, works with the Sumter County Legislative Delegation and Sumter County Council on issues of importance to the schools and oversees the efficient operation of the district. The board is committed to the education of students to the best of their individual abilities; to a constant awareness of the concerns and desires of the community regarding the quality and performance of the school system, with the board assuming an educational leadership role; to the employment of a superintendent who will see that the district maintains a position as an outstanding school system and under whose leadership the school personnel will carry out the policies of the board; and to the continued improvement of the district schools for the benefit of its students and their improved academic achievement.

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Contact Information John "Johnny" B. Hilton Jr., Ph.D.

Gloria Rose Lee, D. Min.

Area 6 PO Drawer 2039 Sumter, SC 29151 (803) 464-6414/Cell gloria.lee@sumterschools.net

Area 4 2691 Wedgefield Road Sumter, SC 29154 (803) 468-4054/Cell johnny.hilton@sumterschools.net

Robin D. Mills, USAF

Deputy Dir. for Installation Support Shaw AFB Representative 504 Shaw Drive, Suite 2091 Shaw AFB, SC 29152-2091 (803) 895-1397/Office (803) 468-1928/Work Cell Robin.Mills@us.af.mil

Penelope E. Martin-Knox, Ed.D. Superintendent

1345 Wilson Hall Road Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 469-6900, ext. 100 penelope.martinknox@sumterschools.net

Shawn T. Ragin

Member At-Large Seat 9 3835 Quiet Court Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 464-6859/Cell Shawnragin89@gmail.com

Amy Hansen

Administrative Manager to the Superintendent and Board 1345 Wilson Hall Road Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 469-6900, ext. 100 amy.hansen@sumterschools.net

Additionally, the board’s goals are as follows: •To communicate the educational expectations and aspirations of the community through the formulation of policies that stimulate the learner and the learning process; •To manage the school system in accordance with board policy; •.To provide leadership in order that the goals and objectives of the school system can be effectively carried out; •.To maintain two-way communication with various publics served by the schools in order to interpret public attitudes, to identify policies and procedures of the schools and to encourage public involvement with and understanding of the schools; •.To evaluate the data appropriate for the management functions of planning, evaluating, organizing and implementing the goals and objectives of the district; and •.To demonstrate fiscal responsibility and align district resources with raising student achievement. The Board of Trustees meets publicly on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. unless otherwise announced. Special meetings are scheduled as needed. Our board is a member of the South Carolina School Boards Association, and 100% of our members have completed the state’s orientation program. 2021-2022 Sumter School District Welcome Guide 25


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stablished in 2012, the Sumter Education Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm for Sumter School District. It operates independently from the school district under a separate Board of Directors. The foundation is a chartered corporation in South Carolina and is tax exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Any gift to the foundation provides a corresponding tax liability deduction from state and federal income taxes (Taxpayer Identification # 57-0963633). All donations received are for the exclusive use of Sumter School District based on priorities established by the foundation's Board of Directors. This commitment includes teacher innovation and recognition, student recognition, special programs/projects and grants for teachers. The Board of Directors acts as a fiscal agent for donors who wish to sponsor projects for schools, teachers and students. They also serve as a review committee for program ideas, gifts and grants available to schools and to individual departments, teachers, students and student groups to further the educational purposes of the Sumter Education Foundation and Sumter School District. Recognizing that the quality of education is important to the well-being of the community it serves, the foundation's board will build upon the strong school system to ensure all students will be prepared to live, work and compete in tomorrow’s challenging workplace.

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Sumter School District exposes students in grades K-12 to college and career readiness information. At the elementary level, students participate in career awareness activities; middle school students participate in career exploration activities, such as interest and values assessments and the eighth grade Individual Graduation Plan conference; and in high school, students receive career guidance services to include interest skills and values assessments, job shadowing opportunities, internships, youth apprenticeships and cooperative learning opportunities that support choosing a cluster and major within the curriculum frameworks as part of their annual Individual Graduation Plan Conference. At all levels, CATE/career specialists sponsor field studies, which are different from field trips in that the field

study is intended to expose students to career-related information relevant to their age group. These activities are all in accordance with the Education and Economic Development Act’s (EEDA) initiative of Personal Pathways to Success. Some of the programs used are the Microburst Employability Skills program and South Carolina Information System. Work-Based Learning (WBL) is a coordinated, sponsored, coherent sequence of workplace experiences that are related to students’ career goals and/or interests, are based on instructional preparation and are performed in partnership with local businesses, industries or other organizations in the community. WBL enables students to apply classroom instruction in a real-world business or service-oriented work environment.

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Academics and technical courses, intensive guidance, individual graduation plans

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Points Pride OF

Sumter School District Accomplishments

• Accredited by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission • Over 80 National Board Certified teachers • Palmetto Gold and Silver Award recipients • Drop-out rate below the state average • Advanced Placement scores above the national average • Fourteen Palmetto Fellows • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program at Sumter High School • Alice Drive Middle School, Bates Middle, Alice Drive Elementary- COGNIA Accredited STEM schools • Ten STEM Cohort Schools • 14 AVID Schools • Four Leader in Me Schools (Cherryvale Elementary, Rafting Creek Elementary, High Hills

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Elementary and Shaw Heights Elementary) • Three Arts in Basic Curriculum Schools (Cherryvale Elementary, Kingsbury Elementary and Crestwood High) • Lakewood High School, Grammy Signature School • Crosswell Drive Elementary, Model School • National and state recognition for academic, fine arts and athletic programs • Over $300,000 worth of classroom library books donated to schools through Sumter Education Foundation • Ben Carson Reading Rooms at R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy, Shaw Heights Elementary and Manchester Elementary • State Teacher of the Year Finalists


• Partners in Education initiative for mentors and community partners • Principal for the Day • One-to-Global Technology Initiative • Universal free breakfast and lunch • full-day prekindergarten program • Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) program • Air Force Junior ROTC at all high schools • Extensive offerings for extracurricular, athletic and fine arts programs • Special programs: Mild Intellectual Disabilities, Moderate Intellectual Disabilities, Specific Learning Disability, Emotional and Behavioral Disorder, Blind/Low Vision, Orthopedically Disabled, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Communication Disorder • Career Technical Education (CTE) in the middle and high schools, in addition to programs offered at the Sumter Career and Technology Center • Environmental centers located at all three high schools • Talented and Gifted program in all district schools • Advanced Placement courses in English language composition, calculus, studio art, U.S. History and chemistry • Dual Credit Courses with USC Sumter and Central Carolina Technical College • Early College program through USC Sumter • Adult Education program • Comprehensive guidance • School psychologists and social workers • Alternative programs for at-risk youth • Service learning

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Working for the smiles A look at a day in the life of Sumter School District's ‘lunch heroes’ and changes amid COVID-19 BY BRUCE MILLS Much has been made about K-12 classroom changes during the pandemic, but what about the changes and "new normal" for school food-service workers? The Sumter Item sat down during national School Lunch Hero Day with some of Sumter School District's finest cuisine creators to get a feel for the work and capture all the change that has occurred with food preparation in the COVID-19 era. According to Stacey Francis, the district's food service director, and others, the biggest change in breakfast and lunch meal prep as a result of the pandemic has been prepackaging all items versus placing food on trays as we all remember in the world before COVID-19. Meals are still cooked from scratch though, she said. Francis has worked in food services in the district

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from the ground up over 26 years. She said she began her career in 1995 as a substitute cafeteria worker. Then, Francis was a full-time cashier and later became a school cafeteria manager. Next, she served as one of two district field supervisors, working with numerous schools' cafeterias, before assuming the director position about one year ago. And "what a year it has been," she said about the 2020-21 school year. Schools across the state had about 48 hours to completely change operations when Gov. Henry McMaster by executive order closed all schools for students with the initial spread of the coronavirus in mid-March 2020. Still, Francis noted, schools had to feed the students.


Food-service staffs across the district had to shift and adapt quickly to packaging separate meals and to-go boxes for meal distribution to families outside the schools. There were distribution changes and then more changes, Francis said. The work was challenging, somewhat exhausting, and required multitasking, but food-service workers still maintained their standard six-hour workday and completed all the work, she said. "They are superheroes with all the adjustments they made," Francis said. "I take pride in the fact of what we have accomplished. The team at each school is a wonderful group of people. I appreciate them, and they are truly the superheroes this year with all the changes we have had to implement, last minute many times. But the staffs have always been willing and been dedicated to the children."

OTHER CHANGES AND THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW

All meals provided by the district must meet USDA guidelines and state regulations, according to district

field supervisor Juanita Green. She has worked for 38 years in food services in Sumter's public schools. That means pizza - a staple with the kids - is made on whole-grain bread with low-fat cheese. French fries another favorite - are baked, not fried, Francis said. Green added that taking temperature of foods is a constant. Each day, refrigerators are also monitored for their storage temperatures. In addition, all food-service workers sanitize when they arrive in the mornings. Given COVID-19, sanitization is also required every hour in the cafeterias. There is also a no-touch policy, she added, as foodservice workers always wear gloves.

IN THE TRENCHES

Another big change that everyone realizes and misses is the children's laughter in school cafeterias because all students are eating meals now at their classroom desks behind a protective shield. At Pocalla Springs Elementary School, cook Glenda McKnight said that for grades K-3, food-service staff deliver prepackaged meals to the school's classrooms. Older students (fourth- and fifth-graders) go to the

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cafeteria to pick up their to-go boxed meals. McKnight said the changes mean less interaction, and she misses greeting the kids in the lunch line and giving out hugs. With the initial spread of the virus last spring, she was concerned and cautious with her job in food services, but with safety precautions in place and everyone doing their part, it helps a lot, she added. A self-described "people person," McKnight has always worked around people and enjoys it. She has been a cook in the district for five years - all at Pocalla Springs. McKnight doesn't consider herself a hero, she said. She just wants to treat others as she would like to be treated. "It's rewarding to see a smile on a kid's face," she said. "If I can make at least one person smile, I think I have done good." Lori Werner is the school's cafeteria manager and has been in the field for 24 years in different states. She knows off the top of her head that Pocalla Springs currently was preparing 4,150 meals per week for inperson students and also for pickup by parents of virtual students toward the end of the 2020-21 year. Given changes because of COVID-19, many workers in food services are walking a lot more, she added. They deliver breakfast meals to the classrooms, then pickup, and it is the same routine for lunch. When district elementary schools were open four days per week earlier this spring, Werner used a pedometer to count her steps. In a four-day week, she logged 20-plus miles walking, she said. She added seeing smiles on the kids' faces is one of the best parts of the job. Another big motivator for Werner and others is that for many students, breakfast and lunch at school might be the only healthy and nutritious meals they get during a day or week. Everyone works hard each day with the children at heart, she said. "Breakfast and lunch provide fuel needed for our students that helps with the focus and the learning of the day," Werner said. "That's the main reason we are here. If the kids are hungry, they will not do well in school."

SUMTER SCHOOL DISTRICT FOOD SERVICE DEPARTMENT BY THE NUMBERS 1,152,583 Meals prepared from March 16, 2020, to March 16, 2021

15,082 Student enrollment

4,150 Meals prepared in a week now at Pocalla Springs Elementary

165 Temperature in degrees for chicken to be served

164 District food service workers

145 Temperature in degrees for beef to be served

24 Cafeteria managers (one for each school)

6 Working hours per day for school food-service workers

5:45 a.m. Time Pocalla Springs Elementary cafeteria manager arrives at school

1 Smile needed per day for Pocalla Springs cook Glenda McKnight to feel good Source: Sumter School District, Spring 2021

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Twice as nice

Given no 2020 ceremony, Sumter School District honors current, new Teachers of the Year at Celebration of Excellence Ceremony

BY BRUCE MILLS It was a year like no other in education and one that will certainly go down in the history books. As Superintendent Penelope Martin-Knox described it at the district's annual Celebration of Excellence in Spring 2021, the last year involved lots of new learning vocabulary - such as "asynchronous," "synchronous" and "virtual" - but everybody was "face to face" for the "in-person" event and happy for it. Without an official teacher-recognition ceremony in 36 2021-2022 Sumter School District Welcome Guide

May 2020 with the initial spread of the coronavirus, Sumter School District marked its 2021 Celebration of Excellence by honoring and installing both its current teachers of the year and also the 2021-22 campus teachers of the year. The night's speakers, which included Martin-Knox and 2021 South Carolina Teacher of the Year Sarah Gams, among others, sung the praises of the district's honorees.


"Inspirational," "essential," "leaders," "adaptable," "passionate" and "graceful" were repeated throughout the evening. Last school year also found teachers "figuring out the future of education" with new technology, Gams added. As is the case with each Celebration of Excellence, the district expressed gratitude to its senior Teachers of the Year from 2019-20 who are now departing the district's Sumter Teacher Forum and welcomed the rising junior teachers of the year, who will represent their school campuses this year. The forum is a two-year leadership and professional development program for the honorees. Also, like at each Celebration of Excellence, the district named its finalists for the District Teacher of the Year award. They are Wilder Elementary School STEAM coach and lab instructor Meghan Walters, Chestnut Oaks Middle School chorus teacher Thomas Slater and Sumter High School art teacher Deana Rennick. Like the others, Walters said she appreciated the

district's support, especially in a difficult year with COVID-19. "Many times, as educators, we do not feel supported by the greater world," she said. "But to have a district like ours is special. To have your district say, 'Wow, we see you, we're here for you, and let's try to get the best out of you' is very nice." The District Teacher of the Year is announced in August at its annual opening meeting. Find coverage in The Sumter Item and online at TheItem.com.

Teacher Forum scholarship winners The Sumter Teacher Forum named Crestwood High School senior Zoe McDonald as the winner of the annual Hailey Bordeaux Memorial Scholarship for Future Educators. McDonald will receive $3,000. Other scholarships for seniors pursuing careers in education were awarded to Bobbi Ann Elmore of Sumter High ($1,500), Victoria Vance of Crestwood ($1,000), Tyler Riley of Crestwood ($1,000), Lauren Smallwood of Crestwood ($500) and Molasia Singleton of Crestwood ($500).

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Teacher of the Year

Finalists Deana Rennick Art, Sumter High School Deana Rennick, an art teacher at Sumter High School, has 18 years of service to education. The most rewarding part of her career is building relationships with her students and helping them discover their own ways of tackling new challenges both inside the classroom and out. This is why she always lets them know that she loves them, she is proud of them, and she thinks they are awesome people. The long-term reward is when they pop their heads into her room to say hi after the semester is over, or when they contact her after they've graduated just to check in and let her know how they are doing.

Thomas Slater Chorus & Music, Chestnut Oaks Middle School Thomas Slater, a chorus and general music teacher at Chestnut Oaks Middle School, has 35 years of service to education. Having a career that has spanned more than 30 years, it is very hard for Thomas to pinpoint any one most rewarding part of teaching. However, it does his heart good to see former students who inform him of how much they enjoyed chorus and how it impacted their lives. Also, he feels great knowing that he has helped to mold and shape the lives of our future.

Meghan Walters STEAM Coach & Lab Instructor, Wilder Elementary School Dr. Meghan Walters, STEAM coach and lab instructor at Wilder Elementary School, has 14 years of service to education. The most rewarding part of her career has been working through the pandemic where she has been able to wear many hats and support both teachers and students. She became a stronger collaborator and mentor to colleagues she supported with technology integration and infrastructure support, she got to co-teach with multiple teachers, and she redesigned her instructional practice to meet the needs of students who were virtual and face to face simultaneously. 38 2021-2022 Sumter School District Welcome Guide


Campus Teachers of the Year 2021-22 Beverly Mitzenheim

Jamie Corbell

Tammy Bilton

Alice Drive Elementary

High Hills Elementary

RE Davis College Preparatory Academy

Caitlin Dabkowski

Brandon Graves

Alice Drive Middle

Hillcrest Middle

Jordan Logan Shaw Heights Elementary

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Kingsbury Elementary

Deana Rennick Sumter High

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Lemira Elementary

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Debbie Francis

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Summons & Notice SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO.: 2017-CP-43-01794 FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF SUMTER Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, Plaintiff, v. Any heirs-at-law or devisees of Robert A. England a/k/a Robert England, deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons or entities entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons or entities with any right, title, estate, interest in or lien upon the real estate described in the complaint herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as Richard Roe; and any unknown minors, incompetent or imprisoned person, or persons under a disability being a class designated as John Doe; Sonja G. England a/k/a Sonja England; Brittany England, Defendant(s). TO THE DEFENDANT(S) ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is hereby served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices at 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29210, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the

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Summons & Notice relief demanded in the Complaint. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDES, AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad litem within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by Attorney for Plaintiff. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff will move for an Order of Reference or the Court may issue a general Order of Reference of this action to a Master-in-Equity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that under the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. § 29-3-100, effective June 16, 1993, any collateral assignment of rents contained in the referenced Mortgage is perfected and Attorney for Plaintiff hereby gives notice that all rents shall be payable directly to it by delivery to its undersigned attorneys from the date of default. In the alternative, Plaintiff will move before a judge of this Circuit on the 10th day after service hereof, or as soon thereafter as counsel may be heard, for an Order enforcing the assignment of rents, if any, and compelling payment of all rents covered by such assignment directly to the Plaintiff, which motion is to be based upon the original Note and Mortgage herein and the Complaint attached hereto.

LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an action has been or will be commenced in this Court upon complaint of the above-named Plaintiff against the above-named Defendant(s) for the foreclosure of a certain mortgage of real estate given by Robert A. England and Sonja G. England to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Amerigroup Mortgage Corporation dated March 21, 2002 and recorded on April 5, 2002 in Book 837 at Page 1842, in the Sumter County Registry (hereinafter, "Mortgage"). Thereafter, the Mortgage was transferred to the Plaintiff herein by assignment and/or corporate merger. The premises covered and affected by the said Mortgage and by the foreclosure thereof were, at the time of the making thereof and at the time of the filing of this notice, more particularly described in the said Mortgage and are more commonly described as: THE LAND REFERRED TO IN THIS POLICY IS SITUATED IN THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, COUNTY OF SUMTER, AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL, OR LOT OF LAND, TOGETHER WITH THE IMPROVEMENTS THEREON, IF ANY, SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SUMTER, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, BEING SHOWN AND DESIGNATED AS LOT # 14, AS SHOWN ON THAT CERTAIN PLAT PREPARED BY JOSEPH R. EDWARDS, RLS, DATED MARCH 14, 1986, AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF DEEDS FOR SUMTER COUNTY IN

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PLAT BOOK 86 AT PAGE 320, AND HAVING SUCH METES AND BOUNDS AS ARE SHOWN ON SAID PLAT, THIS DESCRIPTION BEING IN LIEU OF METES AND BOUNDS AS PERMITTED UNDER SECTION 30-5-250 OF THE 1976 CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

787-9678, be and hereby is appointed Attorney for any unknown Defendants who are, or may be, in the Military Service of the United States of America and as such are entitled to the benefits of the Servicemember's Civil Relief Act aka Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940, and any amendments thereto, to represent and protect the interest of said Defendants,

This being the same property conveyed to Robert A. England by deed of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development of Washington, D.C. dated November 12, 1984 and reocrded November 12, 1984 in book 385 at page 443 in the records for Sumter County, South Carolina. Thereafter, Robert A. England conveyed his interest to Robert A. England and Sonja G. England, as joint tenants, with right of survivorship, and not as tenants in common, be deed dated October 27, 1998 and recorded November 2, 1998 in book 722 at page 149 in the records for Sumter County, South Carolina.

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Persons having claim against the following estates are required to deliver or mail their claims to the indicated Personal Representatives, appointed to administer these estates, and to file their claims on Form #371PC with the Probate Court of Sumter County Courthouse, N. Main Street, Sumter, SC, 29150, on or before the date that is eight months after the date of the first publication of this Notice to Creditors, (unless previously barred by operation of Section 62-3-803), or such persons shall be forever barred as to heir claims. All claims are required to be presented in written statements, indicating the name and the address of the claimant, the basis of the claim, the amount claimed, the date when the claim will become due, the nature of any uncertainty as to the amount claimed and the date when due, and a description of any security as to the claim.

TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Complaint, Cover Sheet for Civil Actions and Certificate of Exemption from ADR in the above entitled action was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Sumter County on October 3, 2017. A Notice of Foreclosure Intervention was also filed in the Clerk of Court's Office.

ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM AND APPOINTMENT OF ATTORNEY It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of Kelley Woody, Esquire as Guardian ad Litem for unknown minors, and persons who may be under a disability, and it appearing that Kelley Woody, Esquire has consented to said appointment.

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Estate:/Waddell Williams #2017ES4300725

FURTHER upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of Kelley Woody, Esquire as Attorney for any unknown Defendants who may be in the Military Service of the United States of America, and may be, as such, entitled to the benefits of the Servicemember's Civil Relief Act, and any amendments thereto, and it appearing that Kelley Woody, Esquire has consented to act for and represent said Defendants, it is

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Estate:/David L. Lee, Jr. #2017ES4300720

Personal Representative James T. Lee C/O A. Paul Weissenstein, Jr. Attorney at Law PO Box 2446 Sumter, SC 29151

ORDERED that Kelley Woody, Esquire, P.O. Box 6432, Columbia, SC 29260 phone (803) 787-9678, be and hereby is appointed Guardian ad Litem on behalf of all unknown minors and all unknown persons who may be under a disability, all of whom may have or claim to have some interest or claim to the real property commonly known as 609 N Magnolia Street, Sumter, South Carolina 29150; that she is empowered and directed to appear on behalf of and represent said Defendants, unless said Defendants, or someone on their behalf, shall within thirty (30) days after service of a copy hereof as directed, procure the appointment of Guardian or Guardians ad Litem for said Defendants.

Estate:/Vinia Gamble Williams #2017ES4300726

Personal Representative Colette Terrell 1057 Crown Landing Pkwy McDonongh, GA 30252

Estate:/Raymond Eldrid McIntosh #2017ES4300721

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