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Morgan gets 4 percent raise

Posted: December 23, 2013 5:22 p.m.
Updated: December 24, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Dr. Frank Morgan, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) superintendent, recently received a 4 percent salary raise for this “dedication” to making the district a “high quality learning environment.”

According to a KCSD press release, the board evaluated Morgan’s 2012-2013 school year performance in executive session during its Dec. 3 meeting. The annual evaluation is required by board policy and his employment agreement with the district.

District schools continue to thrive under Dr. Morgan’s leadership, Board Chair Mara Jones said when the board returned to open session.

“We are especially pleased with his guidance in the areas of instruction and student achievement, finances and facilities planning,” Jones said. “Our school system is fortunate to have him as its superintendent.”

Under Morgan’s leadership, the district earned the highest ratings possible on state report cards issued by the S.C. Department of Education (SCDOE). Kershaw County is the only school district in the Midlands and one of only eight in South Carolina to earn an “Excellent” for its Absolute and Growth ratings. The district also earned a high “B” -- only 1.3 percentage points below an “A” -- with an 88.7 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) federal accountability rating, which means the district “exceeds the state’s expectations.” This score placed Kershaw County in the top 20 percent of school districts in the state.

The latest SCDOE report showed the district’s dropout rate has decreased to 1.9 percent, making it lower than the state dropout average of 2.5 percent. In addition, 13 Kershaw County schools were recognized in SCDOE’s Palmetto Gold and Silver awards program for academic achievement and closing achievement gaps.

Earlier this school year, the district received a recommendation for full accreditation and was noted to have outstanding efforts in communication and community engagement as well as monitoring and delivery of data and strategic plan results.

The district’s continued success has garnered national attention with its $5.7 million four-year Safe Schools/Healthy Students federal grant. The district also received an “unmodified opinion” -- the best result possible -- during its annual financial audit as completed by an external independent CPA firm.

“I am privileged to work in this school district,” Morgan said. “I value the opportunity to work with such dedicated and professional individuals.”

During the executive session, the board commended Morgan for his work in curriculum and instruction. The board also praised him for his leadership in ensuring that student performance continues to improve, particularly when local results are compared to those of other neighboring districts as well as those across the state.

Following the discussion, the board publicly expressed its continued approval of Morgan's performance and his overall vision for the district.  The board commended Morgan on his dedication to ensuring high quality learning environments for all students of Kershaw County as well as his broad level of knowledge on a wide variety of topics. The board said that Morgan ensures strong organizational structure, resulting in the effective use of resources. Trustees also were complimentary of his dedication to get stakeholders involved in plans for Phase 2 of the district’s Facilities Equalization Program.

The board and Morgan committed to continue working together to refine and strengthen the educational programs offered to all students of the district with a continued emphasis on instruction and literacy, “growing our own” administrators and teachers and proactive recruitment of faculty, staff, administrators and extracurricular supervisors.

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