Degrees and Certifications:
The Citadel-Bachelor of Science in Education; The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee-Master of Science in Educational Administration; The University of South Carolina-Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership; The University of South Carolina-Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership
In my professional experience, I have found that great school districts are associated with supportive and engaged school communities. I believe that districts, regardless of size, location or composition, have an obligation to provide a high-quality educational experience for each of the students and families they serve. It is impossible to align the efforts and goals of the school district with the expectations of the school community without a strong and trusting relationship between the many stakeholders; therefore, I believe that comprehensive involvement in the educational process is vital to the overall success of the district and community.
Together, our support of teachers and encouragement of parent and community involvement in our schools will allow us to identify, nurture and support the genius in every student. We graduated 1433 students from Aiken County’s high schools in 2016 and 80% have been granted admission to a four or two year college or university. Many of the Class of 2016 will be attending the University of South Carolina, Clemson, USC-Aiken, Aiken Technical College and other in-state colleges and universities. Others will find post-secondary success while entering the local workforce, serving our country in the military or continuing their education at one of our nation’s most prestigious schools.
It is my desire for every graduate of the Aiken County Public School District to successfully attain:
1. a South Carolina diploma;
2. a viable set of college entrance exam scores;
3. a portable work-based certificate;
4. an acceptance letter from a two or four year institution or the military, and;
5. the desire to use their talents in service to the community.
Our District has an impressive history to be proud of and the opportunity to redefine excellence while positioning our schools and students as the very best in South Carolina. It is an honor to serve as Superintendent and I extend best wishes for a wonderful 2016-17 school year.
Sean Alford, Ph.D.
Aiken County Public School District Superintendent
As I reflect on yesterday’s event, watch the video footage on our social media and read the many comments I’ve already received from so many inspired employees, I can honestly say that I don’t know if I've ever been part of something so moving. There was a true energy in the room, and everyone there felt it. I feel confident in saying that in some small way, every single person there was changed.
Just the act of gathering our more than 3,000 employees under one roof may have been cause for celebration and enhanced comraderie enough. But yesterday was more.
Each of us, whether we work in finance, operations, maintenance, or any of our other departments that may not have the benefit of seeing the end-result of their hard work on a daily basis, saw just that yesterday. Through the voices of students, pairing of school teachers of the year with GEMS, and one drum beat, we all got it. We all understood the importance of our own contribution to this great organization, and were inspired by a shared vision and collaborative spirit to give just a little more of ourselves for the benefit of all. I believe that yesterday was a pinnacle moment in OUR District, and I, too, am walking a little lighter today, feel more connected and more confident in our ability to achieve even greater results together.
Thank you to each of you who had a hand in yesterday’s celebration. Thank you for painting your faces and dying your beards. Thank you for bringing out your mascot, your cheerleaders, and ROTC. Thank you most of all for your willingness to come together for the celebration, for leaving your heart open to be moved, and for believing in what we can do as ONE TEAM to move our school district forward.
Happy Back To School, ONE TEAM!
Sean Alford, Ph.D., Superintendent
Letter sent to "All Staff" on Friday, August 12, 2016
This second in Superintendent Alford's "All Means All" Editorial Series focuses on guaranteeing a quality educational experience for students learning English as a second language.
In the third installment of Superintendent Alford's editorial series "All Means All" he addresses the plight of families faced with daily financial challenges that threaten to overshadow the very importance of education in the home.
Upon his entry into the school district in the 2015-16 school year, Dr. Sean Alford presented an entry plan to establish and outline a set of activities that served as a guide to his transition into the school district while encouraging stakeholder engagement and fostering a passion for teaching, learning and partnership development. The plan provided the framework for his first 100 days as superintendent and the following months through the end of the 2015-2016 academic year.
Following his first 100-days as superintendent in the 2015-16 academic year, Dr. Sean Alford and his Cabinet brought forward 28 recommendations for board approval. The recommendations are detailed in the linked document and are intended to propel Aiken County Public Schools on a path forward to a premier school district.