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DMES’ Catoe becomes state early learning/literacy director

Hall to serve as interim principal

Posted: January 11, 2018 3:51 p.m.
Updated: January 12, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Ginger Catoe is leaving her position as principal at Doby’s Mill Elementary School to become the S.C. Department of Education’s director of early learning and literacy. Catoe recently learned of the appointment to her new job.

“I am honored to have been a part of such a warm, caring school family where every day is filled with exciting learning opportunities,” Catoe said in a Kershaw County School District (KCSD) press release. “I know I will miss the experiences that may seem routine to others like listening to a child read a book aloud to me in the library, helping a Kindergartner tie his or her shoe, or welcoming each day with 600 wonderful hugs, but I cherish those moments and will carry them with me. While I will miss seeing DME students and staff, I will forever be a Dolphin.”

Under Catoe’s leadership, Doby’s Mill Elementary has been named a Palmetto Finest School, National School of Character, SC Exemplary Writing School and a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School.

“The position at the department of education will have statewide impact, and Mrs. Catoe is tremendously qualified for it,” KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said. “I know she will do an outstanding job.”

At the end of Tuesday morning’s Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meeting, the board unanimously accepted Morgan’s recommendations concerning various employment matters. The district’s press release confirmed that, with those recommendations, the board approved hiring retired Richland School District Two elementary school principal Linda Hall as DMES’ interim principal for the remainder of the school year.

“We are … fortunate to be able to have an experienced elementary principal step in to continue the strong leadership at Doby’s Mill,” Morgan said.

Hall served as the principal at Sandlapper Elementary School for more than 11 years and was the principal at Rice Creek Elementary School for seven years prior to that. She began her educational career as a music teacher in Richland School District Two before becoming an assistant administrator, assistant principal and principal in that school system.

During her tenure as principal, Hall’s schools earned the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award, National Blue Ribbon Award for Technology and the National Franklin-Covey Lighthouse School designation. She also received a $30,000 Road Ahead Technology Grant and is a certified trainer in the Leader in Me program.

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