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School District Five administrator named top assistant principal in South Carolina

For Immediate Release – December 5, 2022

 

 

School District Five administrator named top assistant principal in South Carolina

IRMO Lexington-Richland School District Five elementary assistant principal Melanie Harris has been named 2023 South Carolina Elementary Level Assistant Principal of the year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA). Ms. Harris is an assistant principal at H. E. Corley Elementary School.

 

“We are pleased to announce that Melanie Harris has been named the SCASA Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year,” said Beth Phibbs, Executive Director of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. “She is a servant leader who works tirelessly to ensure everyone in her school community feels important, welcome, and supported. Ms. Harris supports H. E. Corley Elementary School with her strong instructional expertise and a compassionate, caring leadership style.”

 

Principal of H. E. Corley Elementary School, Jason Pollock, said, “I am so excited to see Ms. Harris receive this award. There is no one more deserving of this recognition than Melanie Harris. She is a dedicated educator who works tirelessly to ensure H. E. Corley Elementary is in the best position to be successful. She gives her all to our students, teachers, staff, and parents. Her caring heart has no limits, and it is evident through the relationships she has built in this community. I am so proud to call her my co-worker but even more proud to call her my friend. Congratulations, Ms. Harris.”

 

Superintendent of Lexington-Richland School District Five, Dr. Akil Ross, added, “Melanie Harris is an exceptional leader and is beyond deserving of this prestigious award because of her passion for serving students and supporting teachers. Ms. Harris is a product of School District Five schools, and she fulfills the district’s mission of loving and growing all students. I know she will continue to make the district and the state of South Carolina proud.”

 

Ms. Harris was selected from an outstanding field of administrator candidates by a veteran panel of judges. The other finalists for 2023 SC Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year were Leisa Clamp, assistant principal at Lake Murray Elementary School in Lexington School District One; Allison “Joy” Pickens, assistant principal at Liberty Primary School in the Pickens County School District; and Mary Beth Roulston, assistant principal at Pritchardville Elementary School in the Beaufort County School District. The criteria used in the selection of this award are set by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. The state sponsors are Horace Mann and Herff Jones.

 

SCASA, the professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, has more than 5,000 members. From professional development opportunities and research to publications and legislative advocacy, SCASA’s focus is to support school leaders in providing the best possible education for South Carolina’s young people. As a state affiliate of three national associations for school leaders, SCASA also works on the national level. 

 

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