Williston superintendent leaving for Lexington District 2

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Jonathan Vickery - Managing Editor

After two years in Williston, District 29 Superintendent Dr. Tom Siler is leaving for a job in Lexington County.
On July 23, the Lexington District 2 Board of Trustees unanimously approved to hire Siler as their next superintendent.
Siler won't officially assume the helm of the district until current superintendent Dr. Venus Holland retires at the end of the 2014-15 school year. However, he is expected to start in mid-September as superintendent-elect in order to work with Holland, build relationships, and plan a "smooth transition" before he starts in June 2015, according to a press release on Lexington 2's website.
"We are very excited to have Dr. Siler join the district in this leadership position. His deep background in education and positive energy will be a tremendous asset to the community and keep us moving forward in an educational environment that is constantly evolving," said Bill Bingham, chairman of the Lexington District 2 Board, in the release.
Siler, who has been Williston's superintendent since 2012, said he's enjoyed his time in District 29, especially the people, and helping move it forward. "The district will continue to be a leader for Barnwell County," said Siler, citing its solid financial ground and strong academics. "I hope they continue to keep pace with the need for students to be college and career ready."
While he'll soon be leaving Williston, Siler said District 29 has a great staff in place to help the district as continue to prosper during this transition. "There are great plans in place for moving forward," such as working toward districtwide accreditation through AdvancEd, upgrading technology, and studying the district's facility needs.
Lexington 2 also has some big plans coming up, such as a $228 million bond issue on the November ballot and a 1 percent sales tax to help with district needs. "I want to help carry them through that," said Siler of Lexington 2, which encompasses West Columbia, Pine View, Cayce and Springdale.
He was also attracted to the district because it's in an area that's experiencing significant growth in businesses and runs along the Congaree River, a place he loves. The move also places him in the same county as his family. His wife and daughter both teach in Lexington District 1 while his son teaches in Lexington 5.
While a formal contract with Lexington District 2 is in the works for Siler, his contract with District 29 goes through June 30, 2017.
The District 29 board has not met since the announcement of Siler's hiring in Lexington, but he said they are tentatively planning a meeting for next Tuesday, August 5, to discuss "personnel matters" related to his departure.