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Gardner to be new principal at MPES

Posted: July 13, 2017 4:50 p.m.
Updated: July 14, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Britt Gardner

During its meeting Tuesday night, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees selected Britt Gardner to serve as the principal for Mt. Pisgah Elementary School (MPES)

“Mr. Gardner has a strong practical background in instructional leadership and the use of data,” Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said. “He is well connected to the North Central area through both work experience and family and will do an outstanding job.”

Serving as the assistant principal for Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (L-EMS) since 2012, Gardner has taught at all levels for 11 years including being a physical education and weight training teacher at North Central High School for three years.

During his time as part of the leadership team at L-EMS, the school has renewed its designation as a “School to Watch” twice and improved its overall state school report card rating to an “Excellent.” 

Gardner was also the lead administrative overseeing the successful implementation of co-teaching at L-EMS, a program which maximizes general education opportunities for all students.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Citadel and a Master of Science degree in educational administration from Grand Canyon University.

With this transition, L-EMS administrative assistant Cody Strong will replace Gardner as the school's assistant principal on a one-year interim basis. L-EMS teacher Tammy Small will be the school's new administrative assistant on a one-year interim basis.

For some years now, MPES and Bethune Elementary School (BES) have shared a principal. When trustees passed the district’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget earlier this year, it included funding so the two schools could have their own principals. Estelle Benson, who was named BES/MPES principal in May 2015, will remain principal at Bethune, according to KCSD Director of Communications Mary Anne Byrd.

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