Sumter County School District Superintendent Frank Baker speaks to teachers at Friday's annual meeting before the start of a new school year. Every teacher in the district was in attendance at the meeting.
Sumter County School District Superintendent Frank Baker speaks to teachers at Friday's annual meeting before the start of a new school year.
The educators packed the center for the two-hour event where the 2014-15 District Teacher of the Year was announced, and Superintendent Frank Baker shared his goals for the academic year.
said this year the school district will focus more on accountability, collaboration and partnerships and recognizing success.
pointed out that Wednesday's 16th Annual Sumter County Teachers' Luncheon, organized and hosted by the Sumter County Ministerial Alliance
and the Sumter County Concerned Clergy, is one example of collaborating and building relationships with members of the community - something they hope to do even more of in the 2014-15 school year.
also highlighted the partnership with Central Carolina Technical College
that initiated STEM 10, where the school district and CCTC
will offer mechatronics classes to students starting in the 10th grade to prepare them for jobs similar to those at Continental Tire the Americas, Eaton and other surrounding businesses.
"We need to focus on building bridges and being receptive.
The unity we have, we couldn't do without the support of our community and county council which funded our budget this year," Baker
acknowledged that in their efforts to continue to move the district forward and provide the best education for Sumter County youth, they will encounter some tough days and some obstacles.
"We cannot lose sight of the challenges that lay ahead.
There will be days that we'll get discouraged, but remember we're trying to be on the cutting edge of educational instruction," he
Following through with his mention of doing more to recognize success, Baker thanked the board of trustees for their support, recognized the teacher forum and its success during the past academic year and recognized individuals from each school.
also awarded Frank Jenkins of the maintenance department with the Superintendent's Award of Excellence for his work in helping to keep up the schools' appearance.
During the meeting, Baker and board chairman Keith Schultz recognized the educators in attendance.
We must never lose sight of those working in our classrooms," Baker