Sumter School District held its first ever Leaders for Learning Partnership Breakfast on Friday morning. Business, civic, government and faith-based leaders enjoyed a delicious breakfast prepared by the Sumter School District Food Services Department while learning about the district.

Interim Superintendent Debra W. Hamm addressed the audience regarding the then, now and future of Sumter School District. She addressed the fiscal issues of the past while talking about some of the programs in the schools now that are preparing our students to be college and career ready. She talked about her goal to exceed the community’s expectations.

Hamm asked the audience to imagine a future where every student achieves success in whatever path he or she has chosen. She aspires to the building of a technical high school that offers advanced professional studies in high-demand career areas that puts us on the national map as a place to emulate. She talked of a future that nurtures the many varied gifts children bring to our schools and of exceptional magnet schools that will cause more people to want to live and work in Sumter. She mentioned many other opportunities for the future that are real possibilities with the help and support of the community.

Following the address by Hamm, principals and other district leaders led roundtable discussions, brainstorming ideas and suggestions from the assembled leaders.

Entertainment was provided by the Sumter High School orchestra ensemble and the Lakewood High School chorus. The event was held at the First Church of the Nazarene on Patriot Parkway; the district appreciated the hospitality of the Rev. Gregg Pressley and his staff for all their assistance.

Thompson was the presenting sponsor for the event, and Sumter Economic Development and USC Sumter were supporting sponsors. Co-hosts for the event included the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber Military Affairs and the education committees, Sumter city and county councils, the mayor, members of the legislative delegation including Sen. Thomas McElveen and Reps. Murrell Smith and J. David Weeks, Central Carolina Technical College, Sumter Economic Development/TheLINK, USC Sumter, Morris College, Sumter Concerned Clergy and Sumter Ministerial Association, Thompson Construction Group and Duke Progress Energy.