Finalists Announced in Superintendent Search

The Lexington County School District Three Board of Trustees voted on Tuesday, March 10th to select three candidates as finalists for the position of superintendent of schools.

The three finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Drew “Ashley” Atkinson, Jr., Ed.D currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in Spartanburg School District Five in Duncan, South Carolina.  Prior to this he served as an Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction; Director of Accountability, Assessment and Research; Director of Guidance Services; mathematics and chemistry teacher; assistant football coach; wrestling coach and golf coach. He has a Bachelor of Science degree (Mathematics with minors in Computer Science and Chemistry) from Francis Marion University. He has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Carolina and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Thomas G. Schmolze, Ed.D currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Student Services for Fort Mill Schools in Fort Mill, South Carolina.  Prior to this he served as the Executive Director of Pupil Services; a high school and middle school principal; assistant principal; English teacher and varsity tennis coach. He has a Bachelor of Secondary Education degree (English/Special Education) from Clemson University. He has a Master of School Administration and Supervision degree from Winthrop University and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Nova Southeastern University.

James Ann Sheley, Ed.D currently serves as an Assistant Superintendent for Schools for Richland School District Two in Columbia, South Carolina. Prior to this she served as Chief Planning and Initiatives Officer; Director of Elementary Schools; Founding Principal of Lake Carolina Elementary School; elementary school principal; Curriculum Coordinator; assistant principal; and a fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade teacher.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Newberry College. She has her Master of Education degree in Administration and her Master’s Plus 30 in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University. She has her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

The board made its selection of three finalists after a thorough review of all applicants and interviews with semi-finalist applicants on March 10th and 12th. Each finalist will spend a day in the district for meetings with staff and faculty, a tour of facilities, a community reception and a final interview. Dr. Schmolze will be in the district on Monday, March 23rd. Dr. Sheley will be in the district on Wednesday, March 25th. Dr. Atkinson will be in the district on Monday, March 30th.

The district will host community receptions from 6:00 – 6:45 pm on March 23rd, 25th, and 30th at the district office so community members, parents and staff can have an opportunity to meet all three candidates.

“The board is pleased to present three highly-qualified candidates for this crucial leadership position,” said Lexington Three Board Chair Stacey Derrick. “The board looks forward to final interviews with the candidates later this month.”