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School District Five announces new coordinator of personnel

For Immediate Release – July 16, 2019



School District Five announces new coordinator of personnel

IRMO – Lexington-Richland School District Five has named Melanie Cohen its new coordinator of personnel.

Cohen previously served as principal of River Springs Elementary School, a position she has held since 2009. She replaces John Young, who retired from the position earlier this month. 


“The coordinator of personnel for School District Five works closely with staff across our district, and Mrs. Cohen’s long career as an educator and her experience as a principal make her a great fit for this important role,” said Dr. Allison Jacques, Chief Human Resources Officer for the district. “In the coming weeks, we will be working to find a great new principal for River Springs Elementary School as we celebrate Mrs. Cohen’s new role in our district. Congratulations, Mrs. Cohen!”


Cohen began her career in education as a middle school English and social studies teacher in Lawrenceville, Ga. in 1994.   She earned a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education from North Georgia College. She also holds two master’s degrees, one in middle grades education from the University of Georgia and one in educational administration from the University of South Carolina.


Cohen earned the Inez Tenenbaum Award by the South Carolina Department of Education’s School Leadership Executive Institute in 2015. Under her leadership, River Springs Elementary School was named a finalist for the South Carolina Palmetto’s Finest Schools award during the 2018-2019 school year.


Cohen said, “It has been a privilege to serve the River Springs community for the past ten years, and I am grateful for and excited about this new opportunity as coordinator of personnel. This new role will afford me the opportunity to serve the district in a new way. I am thrilled about supporting schools as we work together to ensure our students are surrounded by dedicated, caring adults each and every day.”