FCSD3 Board announces Superintendent finalists

FCSD3 Board announces Superintendent finalists

The following is a news release from Florence County School District 3:

LAKE CITY, SC (NEWS RELEASE) – Florence County School District Three's board of trustees announced the names of three finalists for superintendent following an executive session during its regular monthly meeting Thursday.

The finalists are:

· Laura Hickson, assistant superintendent of instruction in Florence County School District Three

Ms. Hickson has served as FCSD3's assistant superintendent for instruction since 2012. She has worked in FCSD3 since 1983 as an elementary and middle school teacher, elementary and middle school assistant principal, middle school principal and senior director for accountability.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from South Carolina State University and a Master of Education degree from Cambridge University. She received principal certification from The Citadel and an Education Specialist degree in educational administration/leadership from South Carolina State University.

She was named Teacher of the Year three times. As a principal, her schools were awarded the Red Carpet Award, Flagship School of Promise, Palmetto Silver Award and the Dick Riley SIC Honorable Mention Award. She organized and ed FCSD3's Parent Academy, which has grown from serving 35 parents in its first year to serving more than 300 now. She has also written and supervised federal grants totaling more than $3 million.

Ms. Hickson has also presented at a number of professional conferences and workshops, including the National Dropout Prevention Conference in Philadelphia and at the S.C. Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual conference.

She is a member of a number of professional organizations as well as the Lake City Lions Club and the Lake City Rotary Club.

· Dr. Charles Wesley King, an associate superintendent in Chester County School District

Dr. King is an associate superintendent in Chester County School District where he supervises the instructional/curriculum programs and personnel for the district. He has served as a science and biology teacher, high school assistant principal, elementary principal and middle school principal.

Dr. King earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and a Master of Arts degree in teaching from the University of South Carolina. He earned a Master's plus 30 Certification in educational leadership and administration from Winthrop University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

He was selected for participation in Palmetto Leadership and the Progress Energy Executive Leadership Institute. He received the Community Improvement Award from the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and was awarded as a Duke Energy "Power Partner" in Education.

Dr. King has presented at various local and statewide professional conferences and workshops and is an AdvancED accreditation evaluator. He is a member of numerous professional organizations as well as the Kershaw County and Chester County Chambers of Commerce.

He also serves on the Kershaw County School District Board of Trustees as well as the Winthrop University Education Leadership Advisory Board and on the Arcadia Wildlife Preserve Board of Directors.

· Dr. William Wright, superintendent of McCormick County School District

Dr. Wright is superintendent of McCormick County Schools, a school district with an enrollment of 800 students in McCormick, S.C. He has also served as a high school business teacher, middle and high school assistant principal and as a middle school principal.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College and a Master's degree in school administration as well as a Doctorate of Education degree in educational administration and supervision from North Carolina State University.

Dr. Wright serves as minister of music at Union Hill Baptist Church in Nashville, N.C. and as an adjunct faculty member at Southern Wesleyan University. He is a member of the McCormick Rotary Club and serves on the McCormick County Strategic Planning Commission. He received the JHM Community Service Award in Nashville, N.C. in 2012 for his work in education.

"Selecting the next superintendent of Florence County School District Three is the most important decision the board of trustees has to make," said board member Dr. Lane N. Floyd, a retired superintendent who co-chaired the search committee along with Superintendent Dr. V. Keith Callicutt. "This was truly a national search with candidates from California, Texas, Ohio, Wyoming Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and South Carolina. We are extremely pleased with the quality of the finalists selected by the board."

The board plans to hire the new superintendent in February to allow him or her to work closely with Dr. V. Keith Callicutt, the current superintendent, in ensuring a smooth transition. Dr. Callicutt announced last August that he will retire June 30.

The board began the search process in August after Dr. Callicutt announced his plans to retire effective June 30. He was originally hired in 2011 as an interim superintendent. By mutual agreement between the board and Dr. Callicutt, he has continued as the district's superintendent for three additional years.