Students Attend First Day at Sumter Central High

History was made Tuesday in Sumter County, with the opening of a new consolidated high school.

Sumter Central High School is located between the towns of York and Livingston. Its students and faculty were formerly at Livingston High School and Sumter County High School in York.

The brand new, 85,000 square foot facility houses grades nine through twelve.

"People are excited. People that we've lost to Demopolis, to Greene County, to Choctaw County, now they're coming back to Sumter County," said Sumter Central principal Eric Hines. "People have been coming from Lauderdale County and Kemper County, wanting to know about our curriculum."

For the first day of classes, Sumter Central had 760 students. By the end of the year, administrators expect that number to grow to almost 800.

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  • by Restless Location: Sumter on Aug 22, 2011 at 06:00 AM
    I think the children will do an excellent job this year, most times change is good. No jobs are coming to Sumter or any place else for that matter until the economy is fixed and as for it being all black....thumbs up because white kids are not doing anymore than the black ones. I personally didn't let my daughter go because she is white and there is no whites there but she wanted to go to the new school and I thought it would be conflict, but its still in the air for next year. I don't think the kids are the problem its the old south adults.
  • by Sean Martin Location: Birmingham on Aug 13, 2011 at 08:01 PM
    Let's hope they can do a better job than the two olds schools never could do!
  • by JD Location: Livingston on Aug 10, 2011 at 01:31 PM
    Sumter County should have two high schools to prepare our children for the future to compete on the world stage. Education is no joking matter for our children in the Blackbelt. We need to look to the future because we have two cities in Sumter County without high schools. The time is now for us to prepare York and Livingston for elite high schools that will attract new industries to this county. The new small county School is ok but we all can do better for the children in Sumter County. Take a look at the counties to north Alabama and see what they are doing for their children education.
  • by Bill Location: Meridian on Aug 10, 2011 at 10:52 AM
    Looks like that school is 100 percent black.
  • by Monique Vawters Location: Livingston on Aug 9, 2011 at 01:12 PM
    Its a blessing to live and see this happen after the talk about coming together for so very long. I know that this school system will be great because of a spiritual Principle, Mr. Hines and His wonderful staff. Indeed it takes a God Fearing Leader to lead the people to the promis land that has a city that runs over with milk and honey. Our children of Sumter County deserve and will recieve the best that life has to offer. We as parents of the 2011- Sumter Central Jaugars pray for our leaders and our children that we will stand strong for Doing Whats Right. I look forward to helping in any way that i can and my blessings i give to the Jaguars because as a loving person and a loveing parent, you are all my children......
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