Alisa Goodman is the new executive director of instructional support programs for the Kershaw County School District (KCSD).
The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees approved the hiring at its March 27 meeting. The position opened through restructuring following the departure of Agnes Slayman who left to be Chester County’s superintendent of schools.
“Ms. Goodman has significant experience as a teacher, principal at all three levels, and as a superintendent,” said KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan. “She will be a tremendous asset to our district.”
While working on her doctorate, Goodman most recently advised Florence School District Four as the district opened schools for the current school year. She also revised the formats for that district’s general fund and special revenue budgets.
Prior to that, she served as the superintendent of the Marlboro County School District for two years where she helped pass an $18 million bond referendum and received a $1 million federal counseling grant for elementary schools. Under her leadership, Marlboro County’s PACT scores improved and an arts magnet was initiated at Marlboro County High School. She also negotiated the elimination of state financial sanctions for $1 million in IDEA funds.
“I feel very privileged to have an opportunity to work with the exceptional team of educators who serve the children and community of Kershaw County,” Goodman said. “During my recent time in the district, I was particularly impressed with the rigor of the interview process and the professionalism and knowledge of the staff. The district and community were warm, kind and welcoming. I am excited about making Kershaw County my new home.”
Goodman will assume her responsibilities in Kershaw County July 1, after completing her doctorate at the University of South Carolina in May.
Goodman also served as the principal of Crowders Creek Middle School in Clover during the 2006-07 school year when the school received a Palmetto Gold Award and an Excellent state report card rating. Prior to that, she was principal at McDonald Green Elementary and Andrew Jackson High schools in Lancaster County where those schools earned Red Carpet Schools awards and had state report card ratings of excellent and good. The Lancaster News named her Most Admired Educator.
Goodman also served as the director for evaluation and coordinated the teacher and principal incentive program for Marlboro County Schools. In addition, she has taught at all levels including elementary, middle and high school math; and middle school reading, world history and geography.