Chief Officer of Operations & Student Services

Dr. Shawn Foster

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Degrees and Certifications:

Livingstone College-Bachelor of Arts, Social Work; Webster University-Master of Arts; Columbia College-Master of Education; South Carolina State University-Doctor of Education

Dr. Shawn Foster

Dr. Shawn Foster is the Chief Officer of Operations & Student Services for the Aiken County Public School District.

Dr. Foster oversees the day-to-day operations of the Aiken County Public School District’s departments and is also responsible for the Student Services division.

Dr. Foster has worked in education at the classroom, school, and district levels in a career covering 16 years. Prior to working for the District, he served as Director of Student and Administrative Services for Spartanburg School District 7.

Chief Officer of Instruction

Dr. Andrea "DeeDee" Washington

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Degrees and Certifications:

The University of South Carolina (USC)-Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education; Converse-Master of Education, Educational Administration; The University of South Carolina (USC)-Educational Specialist Degree, Doctorate in Educational Administration.

Dr. Andrea "DeeDee" Washington

Dr. Andrea "DeeDee" Washington serves as the Chief Officer of Instruction for the Aiken County Public School District.

Dr. Washington comes to our District with 14 years of administrative experience serving most recently as Greenville County Schools’ Associate Superintendent for Academics.

Certified as a Superintendent, Elementary Principal and in Elementary Education, Dr. Washington has led districts in a variety of areas, including instructional programming in Greenville and Spartanburg District Five.

Dr. Washington’s heightened emphasis on curriculum development, implementation of innovative, research-based instructional practices and the analysis and effective use of data have proven to be a winning combination in the upstate. She was named District Administrator of the Year in 2012, and later that year, selected to lead Greenville’s academic programs as Associate Superintendent.

Prior to her district leadership role, Dr. Washington served as a school principal.

Chief Officer of Finance

Mr. M. O. “Tray” Traxler, III

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The University of South Carolina at Aiken-Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Accounting

Mr. M. O. “Tray” Traxler, III

Tray Traxler is the Chief Officer of Finance for the Aiken County Public School District.

He supervises three departments – Business Services, Purchasing, and School Food Service. He also implements and tracks the District’s $270 million budget. More recently, he maintains financial oversight of the District’s new 1% Education Capital Improvement Sales & Use Tax. 

Mr. Traxler spent the first 10 years of his career in public accounting, where he specialized in audits of city and county governments and school districts. He currently serves on the Board of the South Carolina Association of School Business Officials (SCASBO).

Mr. Traxler joined the District in July 2007, and feels blessed to play a small role in the education of the District’s 25,000 students.

 

 

Chief Officer of Administration

Mr. King Laurence

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Degrees and Certifications:

University of South Carolina Aiken-Bachelor of Arts in EducationUniversity of South Carolina-Master of Education, Educational Administration

Mr. King Laurence

King Laurence serves as the Chief Officer of Administration for the Aiken County Public School District.

As Chief Officer of Administration, King Laurence serves as the District Ombudsman and is responsible for coordinating long-range strategic planning, assessing program implementation and effectiveness, and working with community stakeholders to advance the mission and goals of Aiken County Public Schools.

Mr. Laurence has 30 years of experience in education, having served as Aiken’s Associate Superintendent for Instruction and Accountability, Director of Federal Programs, and Principal at Cyril B. Busbee Elementary School. Mr. Laurence has represented Aiken County at the state level serving on the executive board of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators’ Instructional Leaders Roundtable and as president of the South Carolina Association of Title I Administrators.

In addition to his duties with Aiken County Public Schools, Laurence serves as chairman of the board for Education Matters, a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting academic excellence and enrichment.