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Editorial: Dr. Frank Morgan

Posted: January 18, 2018 3:19 p.m.
Updated: January 19, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Dr. Frank Morgan, who has served as superintendent of the Kershaw County School District since 2007, has announced his retirement, effective June 30, thus bringing to a close a busy and productive 43-year career in public education.

The announcement, which came at the end of Tuesday night’s school board meeting, was a surprise. Nonetheless, we want to take this opportunity to offer our hearty congratulations and deepest thanks for his hard work, vision and leadership

During his 11-year tenure, KCSD has seen a number of exciting and important achievements. 

The district’s graduation rate is at an all-time high of 92.2 percent. The class of 2017 earned some $12.4 million in scholarship funds, the highest ever overall scholarship total, as well as the highest per student amount. In addition, the district’s academic performance has increased including local juniors outperforming the state average on the 2017 ACT college entrance exam, ranking the district’s average third highest among Midlands area school districts behind Lexington 1 and Lexington/Richland 5. Also, in spring 2017, more than 88 percent of district 11th graders scored at the bronze level or better on the ACT WorkKeys exam; Kershaw County’s score was four percentage points better than the state average.

Morgan’s ability to develop strong community partnerships has directly resulted in bringing a wider variety of needed services to students, from health services to college and post-secondary educational opportunities, not to mention the passage of a $129 million bond referendum for much needed facilities improvements.

Morgan was named as one of three finalists for the 2018 Superintendent of the Year Award from the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and received the Jake Watson Volunteer of the Year Award from the United Way of Kershaw County in 2014.

Morgan has said he will be “sprinting, not coasting to the finish line” and still has much work to finish between now and the end of June. Nonetheless, his high-energy focus and affable, down-to-earth personality will be difficult to replace -- and will be missed.

Again, congratulations and thank you.

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