A Letter From The Board Chair - September 18, 2019

  • Aiken County Community:

    On behalf of Aiken County’s School Board, I would like to express our gratitude to the citizens of this community for your patience during these past few weeks. As previously shared, our school board and Aiken County’s former superintendent Dr. Sean Alford reached an amicable resolution and Dr. Alford resigned from his position effective September 13, 2019, to pursue other career opportunities. The Board appreciates and acknowledges his excellent leadership and performance during his time as superintendent of Aiken County Public Schools. 

    As far as questions about allegations referenced in the media are concerned, I ask that you please refer to the comments from Dr. Alford’s attorney, Donald Gist, quoted in a September 15, 2019 article in the Post and Courier, “‘As to any allegations, they’re just that: allegations,’ Gist said.  ‘Dr. Alford will not, under any circumstances, address those allegations, and they had nothing to do with his personal decision to pursue other career endeavors.’”

    This situation has been extremely difficult for our entire school community. We have heard from numerous stakeholders collectively at our last regularly scheduled school board meeting and individually in our respective communities. I cannot discuss or comment on whether or not there is or will be an Ethics Commission investigation, which would be, by law, confidential, but can state that our school board will continue to strive to maintain community trust worthy of your support. 

    Aiken County School District Policy BCA, Board Member Code of Ethics, requires Board members to maintain confidentiality of matters discussed in executive session.  Because of this Policy requirement, the current Board has not and will not deviate from this requirement.  The Board has sought and followed the advice of legal counsel regarding the issues before the Board and will continue to do so, but cannot disclose confidential legal advice provided by the District’s legal counsel.

    As we move forward, please know that students are our focus and that we are committed to continuing programs that have contributed to their success. We have selected King Laurence to serve as interim superintendent. He has an educational career spanning three decades and is deeply rooted in the community, having served our district for the last 22 years. Our team of administrators and teachers are dedicated to the safety and success of our students.

    Public education is important and community involvement in our school system is vital to the success our students, teachers and district are enjoying. Thank you, again, for your understanding of the confidentiality of these matters and for your continued support of our students, teachers and staff.

    Keith Liner, Chairman



School Board Representatives

  • The Aiken County School Board is comprised of nine publicly-elected representatives. Each board member represents both the constituents residing in their specific geographic area in the county, as well as county stakeholders as a whole.  

    Representation Map

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Board Chairman - District 4 (Representing Attendance Area 2)

Mr. Keith Liner

Phone: (803) 279-0238

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Mr. Keith Liner

Keith Liner

113 Knotty Pine Drive

North Augusta, SC 29841

Term Expires November 2020

Board Vice-Chairman - District 6 (Representing Attendance Area 3)

Mr. Dwight Smith

Phone: (803) 215-1717

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Mr. Dwight Smith

Dwight Smith

262 Hillman Street

Warrenville, SC 29851

Term Expires November 2022





District 1 (Representing Attendance Area 4)

Mrs. Sandra Shealey

Phone: (803) 564-5341

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Mrs. Sandra Shealey

Sandra Shealey

603 Edisto Lake Road

Wagener, SC 29164

Term Expires November 2020

District 2 (Representing Attendance Areas 5 and 1)

Mr. Jason Crane

Phone: (803) 979-6093

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Mr. Jason Crane

Jason Crane

1543 Anderson Pond Road

Aiken, SC 29803

Term Expires November 2022

District 3 (Representing Attendance Area 3)

Mr. Brian Silas

Phone: (706) 831-0177

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Mr. Brian Silas

Brian Silas

105 Marble Hill Road

Graniteville, SC 29829

Term Expires November 2022

District 5 (Representing Attendance Area 2)

Mr. Barry Moulton

Phone: (803) 343-9571

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Mr. Barry Moulton

Barry Moulton

894 Whaley Pond Road

Graniteville, SC 29829

Term Expires November 2022

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Districts 7, 8 and 9 (Representing Attendance Area 1)

  • Board Seats for Districts 7, 8 and 9, representing Attendance Area 1/Aiken, are currently vacant. Aiken County will conduct a Special Election on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. The Election will be to fill unexpired terms for School Board Districts 7, 8, and 9.

    Citizens residing in Districts 7, 8, and 9 who are interested in serving on the School Board, should contact Cynthia Holland with the Aiken County Elections Commission via phone at (803) 642-2028, or via email to cholland@aikencountysc.gov. 

    To qualify as a candidate on the December 10, 2019, Special Election ballot, a candidate must file a petition at the Aiken County Registration and Elections Office, Aiken County Government Center, 1930 University Pkwy, Suite 1200, Aiken, SC, 29801.  Petitions must have a minimum of 50 valid signatures of registered voters from the appropriate district (District 7, 8 or 9).  Filing for Board Seats representating District 8 and 9 will close at noon, Thursday, October 10, 2019. Filing for District 7 will close at noon Monday, October 14, 2019. 

Identifying Your Representative

  • There are several ways to identify your School Board Representative. To view a large version of our board representative map, simply click on the words "Board Representative Map" and zoom into the area of the map where you live to locate the Board Member's name that serves your area. Registered voters may prefer to utilize the State Election Commission's representative identication portal.  To do so, click on the words "Representative Identification Portal" and type in your County, First/Last Name, and Date of Birth. The information listed on the Election Commission's site includes all representatives (Congressional, Senate, House, County, Magistrate, etc.). School District will be listed by Representative District Number.

    Information about each Board Member, including contact information, is available on the far left and bottom of this webpage.