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Finalists for KCSD superintendent named

Tim Hopkins among finalists

Posted: May 14, 2018 4:27 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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The Kershaw County School Board (KCSB) selected its three finalists Thursday night in its search for a new superintendent to replace Dr. Frank Morgan who is retiring in June.

According to a Kershaw County School District press release issued early Friday morning, the school board conducted initial interviews this week for the position in an effort to find candidates who best fit the leadership profile developed using input from previous meetings with employees and community members as well as an online survey.

The school board received 57 applications for the position from candidates representing 19 states.

“We were very impressed with the high quality of the initial candidates we interviewed this week, making this a difficult decision,” Board Chairman Dr. James Smith said. “Our school board has followed a very diligent process to ensure that we can find the right person who will build on our successes and lead us forward. We have three strong finalists, and our job now is to narrow these to the one who will be our next leader.”

The three finalists include:

• Timothy (Tim) Hopkins is currently executive director of Instruction for the school district, where he previously served as elementary education director and student assessment director. He served as a principal in the district as well as in Richland School District 2 in Columbia.

• Dr. William (Shane) Robbins is currently superintendent of Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation in Fontville, Ind. Prior to this post, he was superintendent of Northwestern Consolidated School District and Monroe Central School Corporation, both in Indiana. He began his career as a science and health teacher and later served as a high school assistant principal, associate principal and principal before his first superintendent post.

• Dr. Jeffrey (Jeff) Wilson is currently superintendent of White County School System in Cleveland, Ga. Previously, he served as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in Anderson School District 5 in Anderson, and as an education associate in the Division of Teacher Education at the S.C. Department of Education. He also has served as an assistant professor for Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa., and at Clemson University in Clemson. He has been a principal in the Schley County School System in Ellaville, Ga., and in Lexington/Richland School District 5 in Irmo.

Smith said each finalist will spend one day in the district touring schools and the community and interacting with board members, employees and the public. Each day’s “Meet the Candidate” drop-in will be held so that employees, students, parents and other community members can meet and greet each finalist.

A drop-in for Hopkins took place Monday.

The drop-ins for Robbins and Wilson will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Following the drop-ins, the board is conducting a second interview with the candidates in executive session.

“We really hope that employees and members of the community will drop-in and greet each candidate. We know it is asking a lot for people to come out three days in one week, but the board wants to have sufficient time individually with each candidate. We also want employees and members of the public to have an opportunity to meet our finalists,” Smith said.

The board could make a decision as early as the end of the week, or the first of next week.

“This is the most important decision that a school board makes so we want to get it right,” Smith. “We have appreciated the support and interest from the community and look forward to announcing the next leader for our school district very soon.”

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