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Published on October 2nd, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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District Five superintendent again earns high marks on board evaluation

Pictured: Lexington-Richland School District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner

IRMO – Lexington-Richland School District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner earned high marks for his job performance during an open evaluation at a recent school board meeting.

The District Five School Board gave Hefner an overall “superior evaluation” on Sept. 28, extending top reviews he’s received since he joined the district in 2011. As a result of Hefner’s top evaluation, the board voted to extend the superintendent’s employment contract “one year, or through June 30, 2019.”

Board Chairman Beth Hutchison touted a variety of achievements, including graduation rates above state and national averages. “When you think about what the goal of education is, it certainly is making sure…we educate (all our students) and prepare them for the future beyond the 12th grade. So, when we look at this (report) it certainly does say that we are doing a great job…and it’s because of your leadership.”

Board Vice Chairman Robert Gantt said, “My summation of your year is it that you have hit it out of the ballpark…Your leadership is above and beyond what we ever expected, and we all enjoy serving with you.”

Hefner received high praise for helping the district meet several 2014-15 school year goals, including: maintaining high state and federal ratings, completing renovations and construction projects at several schools, and earning a top review during an AdvancED re-accreditation process.

District Five again achieved high accolades and honors in academics, the arts, athletics, leadership and community service during the 2014-2015 school year. Niche.com, a national clearinghouse for evaluating public education, ranked District Five as the top school district in South Carolina. District Five also received an “A” rating under the federal accountability system and an “Excellent” rating on the 2014 state report card. U.S. News & World Report ranked District Five among the top in South Carolina for preparing students for college. The district’s graduating classes earned more than $121 million in college scholarships, and District Five celebrated state awards in the arts and athletics district-wide.

Hefner said, “I am very proud of what we have accomplished here in the district, and I use the word ‘we’ because no one person does anything by himself or herself. This is a reflection of our entire team.”

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