Sumter to Merge High Schools

After years of debate, the Sumter County School Board has voted to consolidate the district's two high schools.

School Superintendent Fred Primm says Livingston High and Sumter County High will be able to merge within the next two years.

At a cost of roughly $20 million, Primm says the merger will allow the district to offer more advanced courses and extracurricular activities.

"Our enrollment has been declining each year, and eventually it would just not be financially feasible to be able to keep these buildings open," said Primm. "We're trying to show the public that we're good stewards of the money."

Dr. Primm says repairs to Sumter County High would cost almost as much as building a new school.

The proposed site for the new school is along Highway 11 between York and Livingston. Officials say construction could begin as early as this summer.