SC school district names new superintendent

June 4, 2022 GMT

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Just weeks after a South Carolina school district’s leader resigned, officials have named a replacement.

Sumter County School District Superintendent Brenda Hafner will take over at Lexington County School District Two, weeks after Nicholas Wade resigned unexpectedly after less than a year on the job.

Hafner was a finalist for the post in 2020 when the 8,600-student district covering Cayce and West Columbia chose Wade, news outlets reported.

The school board, during its meeting Thursday, voted 6-1 to hire Hafner after she was interviewed behind closed doors. Hafner’s contract terms are still being negotiated, a Lexington Two spokeswoman said.

“Dr. Hafner has several strong characteristics that will be valuable to our school district,” Lexington Two board chairwoman Christina Rucker said in a statement. “She is passionate about her work, and we are looking forward to what she will bring to Lex-2.”

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Hafner said she’s excited about the new leadership opportunity.

“I look forward to meeting our stakeholders and working with the students, staff, parents, and community to take Lexington Two to the next level. I feel very strongly that if we work together to identify our priorities and hone in on best practices, nothing will be out of reach for the students of Lexington Two,” she said.

Hafner’s start date with the district will be July 1.