Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I am excited and honored to serve as the Interim Superintendent of Sumter School District. I am confident this school year will present many new opportunities and experiences for our students and employees.
In Sumter School District, we will concentrate on learning, character, community, and joy. Learning is the reason for our existence as a school district, and we will continue to build a strong instructional program so that our students and employees alike may acquire new knowledge and skills. Character is an important element in any education, and the school district is committed to teaching and encouraging strong character traits, including soft skills that employers seek, so that our students may become contributing members of a global society.
A strong sense of community is an essential part of any organization, and a school district is no exception. We will work diligently to be dynamic contributors to local events by providing student and employee participation and also by our employees serving on boards, committees, and in civic organizations to give back to the community. Finally, we want to celebrate our successes and honor our accomplishments by sharing our joy with others. A joyful environment makes for happy, productive, and successful people who embrace learning.
We have outstanding academic, fine arts, and extracurricular programs in each of our elementary, middle, and high schools. Each school has a unique personality with special programs to best serve the needs of its population. I encourage you to visit our schools, sign up to volunteer, or attend some of our exciting events to see firsthand what a quality education Sumter School District offers.
Again, welcome to the new school year. I look forward to becoming a part of the Sumter community and pledge to do my best to offer every student, employee, and parent a successful and joyful educational experience.
Debra W. Hamm, Ph.D.