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Newly merged Clarendon district hires interim superintendent

BY KAYLA GREEN kayla@theitem.com
Posted 6/12/20

Clarendon County's newly formed school board appointed an interim superintendent for its newly formed school district.

Angela Bain will officially start her role of spearheading the development of Clarendon School District 4 on July 1, a year …

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Newly merged Clarendon district hires interim superintendent

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Clarendon County's newly formed school board appointed an interim superintendent for its newly formed school district.

Angela Bain will officially start her role of spearheading the development of Clarendon School District 4 on July 1, a year ahead of when the district is set to officially open.

Clarendon 4 was created through the consolidation of Clarendon 1 and Clarendon 3, which was announced at the end of 2019 after state lawmakers passed a measure to allocate $50 million to the state education department as incentive for four pairs of small, rural districts to merge within their counties.

The eight districts each have less than 1,500 students. For the 2018-19 school year, Clarendon 1, based in Summerton, had 710 students, and Turbeville-based Clarendon 3 had 1,253 students, according to S.C. Department of Education enrollment numbers.

The two districts are set to merge by July 2021 with the start of the 2021-22 school year. No schools are expected to close in the process, and the consolidation is being promoted as a money-saving tool in administration costs.

After accepting the merger, the first step was for Clarendon County's legislative delegation to appoint board members. The new board called a special meeting on June 3 to approve Bain's hiring.

She comes to Clarendon from Chester County School District, where she served as superintendent. Before that role, she was one of the deputy state superintendents of education at the state Department of Education. According to a news release, her goal is making connections and bringing people together on behalf of students.

Bain began her career in education in 1980 as a teacher. She has taught at Converse College and the University of South Carolina preparing future teachers and school administrators.

She said she thinks educators should prepare students for the real world and the real jobs of today and tomorrow.

Her resume includes time spent as a teacher, college professor, middle school assistant principal, middle school principal, director of the state education department's Office of Teacher Evaluation, assistant superintendent and chief human resources officer.

She has served on the National Board of Examiners for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education accreditation process for teacher preparation institutions of higher education in South Carolina and around the country.

In 2014, Bain was awarded the South Carolina Association of School Administrators Personnel Administrator of the Year. In March 2013, she was selected and participated in the Harvard Graduate School's Institute for Superintendents. In 2017, she was invited to participate in Furman University's Riley Institute for Diversity, and she is a member of the South Carolina Education Policy Fellows program.

"Clarendon 4 will be well served with Dr. Bain as interim superintendent," Board Chairman Jason Newsome said. "She has an extensive resume and a wide range of experience. The board recognizes the importance of this decision and feels very comfortable with Dr. Bain at the helm. I think it's important to point out that this decision was unanimous. I think that's a good indicator to the public that the board is functioning well together."