Outstanding is the word Sumter County School District Superintendent Katie Jones-Powell uses to describe the first year for Sumter Central High School.
Of course, the school was formed after Livingston and Sumter County high schools were consolidated. Jones-Powell credits the students, parents, and staff for the good start. Many were in attendance for the school's first commencement.
"It was overwhelming," Jones-Powell recalls. "By 3:00, the entire gym was filled to capacity and then we had the overflow here in the library. We're just honored to have so many people come out and share with us in this first commencement."
We had a great first year," principal Eric Hines exclaims. "We exceeded all expectations. We proved doubters wrong and we're looking forward to a great year next year."
Principal Hines says while many thought the merging of two schools would make for a hostile learning environment, he tells us that was anything but the case.
168 students made up the first graduating class for Sumter Central High School.