UNION COUNTY — Dr. Shannon Gibson is the new principal of Union County High School.
In a special meeting Thursday evening, the Union County Board of School Trustees voted to appoint Gibson principal of UCHS effective immediately.
Following the board’s action, the Union County School District issued a brief summary of Gibson’s career. It states that before coming to Union County, Gibson was the principal at Edisto High School in Orangeburg Consolidated District 4.
The press release also quoted Dr. Tim Newman, superintendent for Orangeburg Consolidated District 4, who said “Dr. Gibson is a very bright educator who was able to quickly add structure and consistency to the school.”
It further states that, prior to coming to Union, Gibson has served as principal, assistant principal, and math teacher.
Reviewing Gibson’s educational background, the press release states that he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from the University of South Carolina, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Cambridge College, and an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.
The press release states that Gibson and his wife Marcia have five children ranging in ages from 3 to 12.
It was also announced Thursday that the district’s strategic and school renewal plans had been approved by the state.
A press release announcing the approvals states that the South Carolina State Department of Education has approved the Union County School District’s Strategic Plan as well as the School Renewal Plan for each school in the district. It states that these plans, required by State Board of Education Regulation 43-261, will provide the foundation for all curricular and instructional initiatives including professional development activities within the district.
“A major advantage of the strategic planning process is that it provides an opportunity for the district to align resources and initiatives,” Director of Instruction and Accountability Cindy Langley said.
In developing the new five-year plans, district leaders and school leaders worked with a team of individuals including teachers, parents, students, and community, civic, and business leaders to create goals in three areas: student achievement, teacher quality, and school climate. The process began with a needs assessment based upon several years of data to identify the strengths and challenges within the district. Using the results of the assessment as well as research in educational best practices, the district team developed an action plan for each goal while the school teams followed a similar process. All plans were submitted to the District School Board for approval in March after which they were submitted to the South Carolina Department of Education for review and approval.
The plans will be updated annually and will also serve as the continuous improvement plan for AdvancED Accreditation, which was also renewed in March 2016.
This story is courtesy of the Union County School District.