Photo Gallery | Three KCSD administrative changes for 2013-14 school year
At its May 21 meeting, the Kershaw County School Board approved three administrative changes for the 2013-14 school year.
Pine Tree Hill Elementary School Principal Dr. Lisa Shannon will become the district’s Coordinator of Recruitment, Retention and Evaluation. Serving as Pine Tree Hill’s principal for five years, Shannon was named the South Carolina International Reading Council’s Administrator of the Year in 2012. Under her leadership, the school was recognized as one of the top three schools in the state by the South Carolina Association of Title I Administrators for closing the achievement gap.
Filling a vacant position, Shannon will not only help recruit and retain employees in her new role, but also be responsible for new teacher and administrative evaluation programs, which are undergoing major state changes over the next few years.
Blaney Elementary School Principal Lisa Carter will serve as the Common Core Transition Specialist next school year. She has been the principal at Blaney Elementary since 2004. Under her leadership, Blaney Elementary was named to SC School Improvement Council’s 2013 Honor Roll for its significant efforts to foster civic engagement in public education, and the school’s archery team has won the National Archery in Schools state championship three years in a row.
In her new role, Carter will help develop curriculum documents and local benchmark assessments as they relate to common core standards. Next school year is a bridge year for Common Core standards, which will be fully implemented statewide in the 2014-15 school year. Carter will also create strategies related to struggling readers and assist with writing of grants related to the Common Core.
Camden Elementary School Principal Ed Yount will become the new principal of Blaney Elementary School. Yount has served as Camden Elementary’s principal since 2005. He was named the 2011-12 Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Principal of the Year. Under his leadership, the school has received a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School, been honored as a finalist for the Dick and Tunky Riley School Improvement Council Award twice and received a Red Carpet School award.
These administrative changes will be effective July 1.
“I continue to be pleased with the talent in our school district and how we are able to use it to the best benefit of our students,” KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan said. “I look forward to working with these individuals to continue our academic success.”
Morgan said that the principal positions for Camden Elementary School and Pine Tree Hill Elementary School will be advertised immediately in anticipation of them being filled by July 1.
He also said that meetings with employees and parents to gather input on desired qualities for the new principals at both schools will be held in the next few weeks. More information on those meeting dates and times will be announced as soon as they are scheduled.