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Published on May 3rd, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Dr. Michael Harris receives state award

Pictured Left to right Beth Phibbs (SCASA Executive Director), Dr. Christina Melton (Superintendent), Dr. Michael Harris (Chief Planning and Administrative Officer) and Molly Spearman, State Superintendent of Education

IRMO – Lexington-Richland School District Five Chief of Planning and Administration has been named the top district level administrator in the state by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA). 

Dr. Michael Harris has been named the 2019 SCASA District Level Administrator of the Year.  The award was presented recently in a surprise announcement.

Harris was selected from an outstanding field of administrator candidates by a veteran panel of judges.

“We are pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Harris has been named the SCASA District Level Administrator of the Year,” said Beth Phibbs, Executive Director of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. “He is a visionary leader who is respected and appreciated by students, teachers, staff, and parents.”

Harris’ career in education spans 26 years, the last twelve years with Lexington-Richland School District Five.  He has served as School District Five Chief Planning and Administrative Officer since July 2017, prior to that he served as Chief Student Services Officer, Director of Student Services and Supervisor of Student Services.

“It is such an honor to be recognized with this incredible award sponsored by SCASA,” Harris said.  “I share this award with the entire team in School District Five.  I am so proud to be a part of a team that gives their very best in service to students and families.  This is a very humbling experience and I will make a point to live up to its honor.”

School District Five Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton has had the pleasure of working with Dr. Harris since 2007.

“Dr. Harris is a leader who has a successful tenure as a district-level leader in a role that is critical to the success of our district.,” Melton said.  “His calm demeanor and reflective, responsive nature allows him to lead with trust and respect.  I congratulate him on this well-deserved honor!”

SCASA, the professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, has more than 4,200 members. From professional development opportunities and research, to publications and legislative advocacy, SCASA’s focus is to support school leaders in providing the best possible education for South Carolina’s young people. As a state affiliate of three national associations for school leaders, SCASA also works on the national level.


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