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Horry County Schools announces new district superintendent

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Horry County residents are heading into a new school year with a new leader in charge. Dr. Rick Maxey, the new district superintendent for Horry County Schools, is preparing the staff for what he believes will be another successful school year.

Dr. Maxey is no stranger to the educational system or to Horry County. He has been with the Horry County School District for the past 26 years. He started as an English teacher in Loris. He has also been an principal, the executive director for secondary schools, and the district’s deputy superintendent.

“The other day I was in a store and I passed by the school supplies, and it sort of rekindled that excitement,” says Dr. Maxey. “Because each year brings a new set of expectations, new hopes, and new opportunities.”

A big challenge facing the district this year, and all districts across the country, is the fact the state is no longer following Common Core and requiring students to pass new assessments. Dr. Maxey says no matter what changes the district is facing, the staff will be prepared to lead students to success.

Dr. Maxey wants to reassure everyone that he will never forget his roots as a teacher, saying that’s still the toughest job in the business. He remembers the long, late hours and working in other roles besides that of teacher every year. So to provide the students with the best education, he also wants to attract and keep the best educators.

“The teacher is at the core of our business,” says Dr. Maxey. “And research shows that the greatest impact on the student is that person in the classroom. And that is the teacher.”

The new superintendent believes he has a good understanding of how the district's system works, its past, and what needs to be done to continue inspiring students to achieve excellence.

The county continues to grow in population as the economy improves. Dr. Maxey predicts there will be 1,220 new students this year between the district’s 51 different school sites. To keep up with the predicted growth of the next few years, there are five new schools that are in the procurement process right now. The attendance areas that have been growing the most are the St. James and Carolina Forest areas.

“The future looks good, it’s bright. I think anyone who would look at Horry County would say this is a great place, this is where I would want to raise my children.”

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