Superintendent

Dr. Sean Alford

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Degrees and Certifications:

The Citadel-Bachelor of Science, Education; The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee-Master of Science, Educational Administration; The University of South Carolina-Educational Specialist, Educational Leadership; The University of South Carolina-Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Leadership

Dr. Sean Alford

Dr. Sean Alford serves as the Superintendent of the Aiken County Public School District.

Dr. Alford has 25 years of experience in education, including work as a teacher, Administrative Assistant, Assistant Principal, Student Services Supervisor, Student Services Director, Principal, and Chief Instructional Services Officer.

Prior to working with the District, Dr. Alford served as an Assistant Superintendent in Dorchester School District Two, where he directed instruction and technology for twenty-two schools with 25,000 students and more than 1,500 teachers and staff. That district saw double-digit gains in graduation rates under his leadership.

In a previous role as Beaufort County’s Chief Instructional Services Officer, seven schools achieved “Excellent” report card ratings; none received the top rating before his direction and supervision.

He was named Superintendent in August of 2015 and has made deliberate efforts to engage all community members and lead the District on a path forward to performing as the premier school district in South Carolina.



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 Administration

Mr. King Laurence

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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.



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 Instruction

Ms. Jeanie Glover

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Degrees and Certifications:

The University of South Carolina Aiken - Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education; Augusta State University - Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration.

Ms. Jeanie Glover

Jeanie Glover serves as the Chief Officer of Instruction for the Aiken County Public School District.

She has been a key figure in implementing the direction and vision of the school district, providing leadership and oversight on many critical projects, such as developing a district-wide Literacy Framework to set a common set of expectations for all schools, and restructuring the District’s elementary level Gifted & Talented delivery model to ensure more access and inclusivity for greater numbers of students.

Glover led the District’s effort in 2016 to create and implement a comprehensive Strategic Plan and visioning process, one of the largest community-wide projects in Aiken County Public Schools history, and she has served as a member of the District’s Instructional Services Division Leadership Team for many years.



Executive Director of Elementary Schools

Dr. Mendi Tucker

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The University of South Carolina Aiken - Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education; Lander University - Masters in Elementary Education; Nova Southeastern - Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Mendi Tucker

Dr. Mendi Tucker serves as Executive Director of Elementary Schools for the Aiken County Public School District. 

She is responsible for administering and supervising the educational programs for ten of the district’s 20 elementary schools, including Chukker Creek Elementary School, Belvedere Elementary School, Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary School, Mossy Creek Elementary School, J.D. Lever Elementary School, Cyril B. Busbee Elementary School, Byrd Elementary School, Clearwater Elementary School, Greendale Elementary School, and Redcliffe Elementary School.

 

    



Executive Director of Elementary Schools

Ms. Julie Revelle

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Purdue University - Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education; The University of South Carolina - Masters in Educational Administration.

Ms. Julie Revelle

Julie Revelle serves as Executive Director of Elementary Schools for the Aiken County Public School District. 

She is responsible for administering and supervising the educational programs for ten of the district’s 20 elementary schools, including Aiken Elementary School, Hammond Hill Elementary School, North Augusta Elementary School, East Aiken School of the Arts, Millbrook Elementary School, Warrenville Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, North Aiken Elementary School, Oakwood-Windsor Elementary School, and Gloverville Elementary School. 

 

 



Executive Director of Middle Schools

Ms. Phyllis Gamble

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The University of Maryland-Baltimore County - Bachelor of Arts in Sociology; Augusta State University - Master of Arts in Educational Leadership; Augusta University - Doctoral Candidate in Education Innovation and Curriculum Instruction.

Ms. Phyllis Gamble

Phyllis Gamble serves as the Executive Director of Middle Schools for the Aiken County Public School District. 
                                              
She ensures that the policies, procedures, and initiatives of the School Board related to middle school education are advanced in a safe, orderly, and purposeful environment on all middle school campuses. 



Executive Director of High Schools

Mr. Alvin Pressley

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The University of South Carolina-Columbia, Bachelor of Science; The University of South Carolina-Columbia, Master of Education in Educational Administration

Mr. Alvin Pressley

Alvin Pressley serves as the Executive Director of High Schools for the Aiken County Public School District. 

Mr. Pressley supervises seven high schools, the District’s career center, and a middle school.

He has extensive experience in educational leadership at the classroom and school levels in a career covering two decades.

Prior to working for the District, he served as a high school teacher, assistant principal, academic dean and most recently as a building principal at W.J. Keenan High School in Columbia, South Carolina.

Academic achievement has been at the forefront of his career as an administrator. As a principal, Pressley led efforts to address areas of weakness in his schools that saw an overall increase in student achievement for eight consecutive years, including winning a prestigious Palmetto Gold Award.

He began working for Aiken County in July 2017 and is committed to the success of all students and employees at the secondary level.



Director of Accountability & Assessment

Ms. Kate Olin

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Ms. Kate Olin

Ms. Kate Olin is the Director of Accountability and Assessment for the Aiken County Public School District.



Director of Communications

Ms. Merry Glenne Piccolino

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The University of Georgia-Bachelor of Arts, Journalism & Public Relations

Ms. Merry Glenne Piccolino

Ms. Merry Glenne Piccolino is the Director of Communications for the Aiken County Public School District.

She leads the District’s Communications and Community Relations Department and is responsible for media coverage, the website, marketing, building partnerships within the community and volunteerism.

Ms. Piccolino has extensive experience in communications, with a career spanning more than a decade in the journalism, public relations and development fields.

Piccolino previously served as the Regional Editor for skirt! Magazine and as a Development Officer for University Health Care System. She is a Board Member for Aiken Performing Arts, an Ambassador for the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Aiken County.

She began working for Aiken County in July 2014 and is delighted for the opportunity to devote her time and talents to supporting public school education in her community.



Director of Human Resources

Ms. Jennifer Hart

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University of South Carolina Aiken - Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing; University of South Carolina Columbia - Masters in Business Administration

Ms. Jennifer Hart

Jennifer Hart is the Director of Human Resources for the Aiken County Public School District.

She oversees the recruitment, employment, support, evaluation, and retention of employees who meet the academic and extracurricular needs of our students. 

Prior to joining the school district, Ms. Hart, a native of Augusta, Georgia, had served as the Career Services Division and Community Director for Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) since 2011.    

She joined Aiken County Public Schools and the Department of Human Resources in May, and also provides district leadership through service to our community and schools.  



Director of Federal Programs

Ms. Kristy Cansler

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Degrees and Certifications:

The University of South Carolina Aiken-Bachelor of Arts in Special Education; Southern Wesleyan University-Master of Education

Ms. Kristy Cansler

Ms. Kristy Cansler is the Director of Federal Programs for the Aiken County Public School District.

She is a product of Aiken County Public Schools, and has more than 11 years of experience in education in Aiken County. Ms. Cansler served as a special education teacher at the elementary and middle school levels for five years, and as a District-level coordinator for six years prior to being named as Director of Federal Programs in July 2018.

Ms. Cansler's responsibilities include oversight of Title I, Title II, Title III and Title IV programs, the McKinney-Vento Act, Gifted & Talented programs, Fine Arts programs, and state requirements for Read to Succeed legislation.

She is humbled by the opportunity to serve her community and Aiken County schools.



Director of Special Programs

Ms. Cassie Cagle

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Clemson University - Bachelor of Arts in Special Education; Clemson University – Masters in Special Education with an Emphasis: Math Inclusion; The University of South Carolina – Masters in Education Administration; Elementary Education Certification; National Board Certified Teacher, Gifted and Talented Endorsed.

Ms. Cassie Cagle

Ms. Cassie Cagle serves as the Director of Special Programs for the Aiken County Public School District.

She is responsible for ensuring that the individual needs of students from ages three through twenty-one who are eligible for special education and related services in accordance with the Individual with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act are provided appropriately throughout the District. In collaboration with students, schools, families and the community, the Department of Special Programs provides deliberate, service-driven support to assist student with disabilities in increasing academic performance and enhancing post-secondary options.     

She is a product of Aiken County Public Schools, and was pleased to return “home” in September 2013 to help make a difference in the lives of the children who now walk the halls of the same schools she attended. Ms. Cagle previously served as a special education teacher, general education teacher, an assistant principal, 504 District Coordinator and Medicaid Compliance Officer for 15 years in Oconee County and York County School District Three.