Barnwell District 19 will have all new principals when school bells ring in August.
The school board accepted the resignation of David Norman, the principal of Blackville-Hilda junior high and high schools, during its May 19 budget workshop.
Norman is leaving Blackville to be the new principal at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School. This is a homecoming of sorts for Norman, a resident of Orangeburg County, who worked at OWHS for 17 years, including as a coach and assistant principal.
While he's looking forward to the opportunities Orangeburg will bring, Norman said his priority right now is finishing his commitment to the students, staff and community of Blackville-Hilda Public Schools. "We have a lot of talent and have made good strides" in improving academics, he said, adding how he will miss everyone he's met the past three years.
The district has not named a new principal, though an ad for the job on the district's website has been taken down. The district was advertising for the position in the event Norman left.
The announcement of Norman's departure comes just one week after the board hired Dr. Carolyn Anderson as the new principal of Macedonia Elementary for the 2014-15 school year. Anderson, who came to District 19 this year as a master teacher with the grant-funded Teacher Advancement Program, brings more than 18 years of experience to MES, including several years as a Spanish teacher at Barnwell High. The Barnwell High honor graduate holds many certifications in Spanish and social studies plus a gifted and talented endorsement.
Anderson will take over for Eryl Smalls, who Superintendent Dr. Teresa Pope said was not offered a contract to return as principal next year, though she wouldn't elaborate why. She said Smalls does have a contract, but they haven't decided the position he will serve.
The board also accepted several other resignations during its May 12 and 19 meetings, including the high school French teacher, two kindergarten teachers, guidance counselor of the upper two schools, a third grade teacher, Save the Children employee, and the elementary school art teacher. They also hired a media specialist at MES, a French teacher and a physical education teacher.
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