Greetings Laurens 55 parents, guardians, students, and communities,
Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year in Laurens County School District 55. It is with great enthusiasm that I continue my journey in Laurens 55 as Superintendent of Schools. I am honored and overjoyed to have the opportunity to guide the educational mission and serve the community in this capacity. As your superintendent, I am committed to being student-centered, learner-focused, results-oriented, and community-connected.
My philosophy places a high value on cultivating systems for communication, collaboration, and supporting an academic culture that is focused on teaching and learning. I believe every child can learn and achieve at high levels. Our schools will work to support all students, meet the needs of all learners, and ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed.
Again, I am honored to be the superintendent of Laurens County School District 55, and look forward to partnering with our students, educators, families, and community to ensure we meet the district’s mission of Empowering and Inspiring all to be Educated and Informed.
I look forward to this opportunity to listen, learn, and partner with you. Together, we can increase educational opportunities for every child, every chance, every day, in every way.
I encourage all parents to be involved in your child’s school, support their activities, and stay connected throughout the year. Please join your school PTA and other groups that provide involvement opportunities. If you need assistance from the administrative office, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our office is located at 301 Hillcrest Drive in Laurens. We can be reached by phone at 864-984-3568.
The superintendent is appointed by the Laurens County School District #55 Board of Trustees. In order to be considered for the position of superintendent, a person must hold at least a master's degree, preferably a doctorate, in the area of educational administration from a recognized, accredited institution. All other minimum requirements specifically set forth by the South Carolina State Board of Education must also be met.
The superintendent is the chief administrator of the district and supervises the work of all schools, officers and employees of the district. The regulations of the board are enforced by the superintendent.
The contract of the superintendent is a public document and available for viewing by request.
This series is designed to help young children in Laurens 55 become "super readers". Children and parents can watch and read along with Dr. Thomas. New superintendent read alongs will be added for student holidays and special events such as Read Across America Day. Follow the links and enjoy!