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Slayman headed to Chester as superintendent

Posted: December 1, 2011 6:13 p.m.
Updated: December 2, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Dr. Agnes Slayman, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) executive director for secondary education, has been hired as the new superintendent of education for Chester County. She will officially begin her new post Jan. 1.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to go up there and work with the parents, students and the employees in the community,” Slayman said. “It is a really a nice place. The folks in Chester County are very proud of their school system just like we are here. They feel very strongly about their schools up there.”

During her 20 years with the KCSD, she has served as a high school assistant principal, middle and high school principal and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

According to Slayman, her experiences in the county will help her develop into her new role.

“I’ve been here long enough that I know just about everybody. I will miss our students and our parents and our administrators greatly. We’ve got some fantastic people.”

She added that she will be “forever grateful” to two individuals who helped her in the beginning of her career.  

The first is Willie Mickle, a former principal at Lugoff-Elgin High School. “He probably is the best people person you would ever meet,” she said.

The other is Craig Tyler, another former principal at Lugoff-Elgin High. “He was just as effective as an administrator. And I have remained good friends with both of them. I really owe them because they helped shape my career.”

Over the course of her career, she said, the greatest change has been the increase of technology in the classroom.

“It’s become a more technology-driven environment. Along with a team of people, I was able to lead here in Kershaw County the implementation of a program putting one-to-one laptops in the hands of our kids. The kids come in technologically savvy, but it’s our job to take that technology and use it to support the instruction in the classroom. It’s not to replace it, but to support and enhance it.”

She said she wants to bring that interest in technological development to her new job. “I’m really enthusiastic about it and that’s one of the things that I hope to bring to the table in Chester because we’ve been very successful with it here.” 

While she has gained invaluable experience in Kershaw County, Slayman said there will still be somewhat of a learning curve in her new position.

“Here, I know the people and the culture and I know how things work,” she said. “In Chester, I’ll have to learn all that. I’ll have to build those relationships and build trust. But the people that I’ve met so far there have been unbelievable. They’re great at their jobs. They’re friendly. They’re warm. It reminds me a lot of Kershaw County.”

KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan announced Slayman’s pending departure at the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meeting Tuesday.

“This is a strong tribute to her talents and also I think a strong recommendation for the Kershaw County School District to have her chosen out of a very strong field,” Morgan said.

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