Superintendent

Mr. King Laurence

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Degrees and Certifications:

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

Mr. King Laurence

King Laurence serves as the Superintendent for the Aiken County Public School District.

King Laurence was named Superintendent of Aiken County Public School District on February 18, 2020, after serving as interim superintendent since September 10, 2019. With an educational career spanning more than three decades, Laurence is an experienced administrator dedicated to the Aiken County community’s future success. A graduate of the University of South Carolina Aiken in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education, Laurence received his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration in 1990 from the University of South Carolina.

After twelve years as a teacher and assistant principal in Edgefield County Public Schools, Laurence moved to Aiken County in 1998, assuming the role as principal at Cyril B. Busbee Elementary. He has since served in a variety of leadership roles for Aiken County Public Schools, including Director of Federal Programs (2005-2012), Associate Superintendent for Instruction and Accountability (2012-2016), and Chief Officer of Administration and Human Resources (2016-2019).

On the state level, Laurence has been involved with the South Carolina Association of Title I Administrators, serving as that organization’s president from 2010-2011. He has served on the executive committee of the Instructional Leaders Division of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA), and most recently chaired SCASA’s 2020 Innovative Ideas Institute committee. Laurence was a previous member of the South Carolina Reading Recovery Advisory Council.

Locally, Laurence is on the boards of the America Heart Association for the CSRA and Education Matters. He is also a member of the Aiken County Commission for High Education, the Aiken County Commission for Technical and Comprehensive Education, and is the immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Aiken-Sunrise. He is a former member of the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center Advisory Board and was a charter member of the Aiken County First Steps Partnership Board of Directors.

Awards include the Robert E. Alexander Outstanding K-12 Administrator of the Year and the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators State Leadership Award.



Chief Officer of Operations & Student Services

Dr. Corey Murphy

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Masters of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from the University of South Carolina in Columbia; Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration and Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina in Columbia

Dr. Corey Murphy

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

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

He has worked in education at the classroom, school, and district levels in a career covering 23 years. Prior to working for the District, he served as Chief of Staff for Williamsburg-James City-County Public schools in Williamsburg, Virginia.



Chief Officer of Human Resources & Administration

Mrs. Jennifer Hart

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

Mrs. Jennifer Hart

Jennifer Hart is the Chief Officer of Human Resources & Administration 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.  



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, Procurement 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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Degrees and Certifications:

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 eleven of the district’s 21 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, Graniteville Elementary, 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 21 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

Dr. Phyllis Gamble

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Degrees and Certifications:

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.

Dr. Phyllis Gamble

Dr. 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. Bert Postell

Phone: (803) 641-2495

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Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Education from the University of South Carolina; Master's in Business Administration from Webster University; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The Citadel; certifications in Mathematics, Government, Business Education, and as a Secondary Supervisor and Principal.

Mr. Bert Postell

Bert Postell serves as the Executive Director of High Schools for the Aiken County Public School District. 

Mr. Postell supervises eight high schools, the District’s career center and the Center For Innovative Learning at Pinecrest.

He has extensive experience in educational leadership at both the classroom and school levels, spanning nearly two decades.

Prior to working for the District, he served as a middle school and high school teacher, assistant principal, and most recently as the principal of Silver Bluff High School. 

Postell also served in the United States Army Field Artillery as a Fire Direction Officer, Fire Support Officer and Battery Supply Officer. He later served as a Transportation Company Commander in the United States Army Reserve. 

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 Administration

Dr. Sal Minolfo

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina Aiken; Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Carolina; Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership; Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from the University of South Carolina

Dr. Sal Minolfo

Dr. Sal Minolfo is the Director of Administration for the Aiken County Public School District.

During a 26-year career in education, he has served as a science teacher at Aiken Middle School, as a building principal in the Marlboro County School District, and as a social studies teacher and math teacher at Leavelle McCampbell Middle School. He has also served in Aiken County Public Schools as Director of Special Programs, and as Principal and Assistant Principal at Redcliffe Elementary School.

He was named as the 2019-20 Aiken County Public School District’s Principal of the Year, and implemented the Mandarin Chinese partial immersion program at Belvedere Elementary School.



Director of Communications and Community Partnerships

Mr. Mike Rosier

Phone: 803-645-8487

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a Minor in International Relations from the University of South Carolina Aiken (2012); Master of Arts Degree in Intelligence & Security Studies from Augusta University (2020)

Mr. Mike Rosier

Mr. Mike Rosier is the Director of Communications and Community Partnerships for the Aiken County Public School District.

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

Rosier began his career in Aiken County Public Schools in January of 2016 as the school district's Communications Coordinator following nearly two decades of service as a journalist with The Aiken Standard, The (Orangeburg) Times & Democrat, The (Greenwood) Index-Journal, The (Edgefield) Citizen News, and The Augusta Chronicle newspapers.

He is a 1993 graduate of Silver Bluff High School and he also attended Jackson STEM Middle Magnet School.

 



Director of Federal Programs

Ms. Kristy Cansler

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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 14 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 Maintenance & Operations

Dr. Tim Yarborough

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The University of South Carolina at Aiken-Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Education; The University of South Carolina (USC)-Master of Education and Educational Specialist, Educational Leadership; Georgia Southern University-Doctor of Education, Education Administration

Dr. Tim Yarborough

Dr. Tim Yarborough is the Director of Maintenance and Operations for the Aiken County Public School District.

Dr. Yarborough is the Director of Maintenance and Operations for the Aiken County Public School District (ACPSD). He directs the District's maintenance department and develops school and District safety initiatives while overseeing the School Resource Officer Program. He also directs the school district's response to energy conservation needs.

Dr. Yarborough has extensive experience in educational leadership at the classroom, school, and district levels in a career covering nearly three decades.

Prior to working for the District, he served as a high school teacher and assistant principal in the Richmond County, Georgia, school system.

He began working for Aiken County in July 2000 and is committed to the success of all students and employees at the secondary level.



Director of Special Programs

Ms. LaToya Wiley

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Ms. LaToya Wiley

Ms. LaToya Wiley serves as the Director of Special Programs for the Aiken County Public School District.

Ms. Wiley is a graduate of Midland Valley High School, and began her career in Aiken County Public Schools in 2009 as a special education teacher. In 2015 she was named the District's first Human Resources Recruitment Coordinator. Ms. Wiley has also worked as a services coordinator with the Aiken County Board of Disabilities, served as an adjunct professor at USC-Aiken, and served as the Coordinator of Compliance for the Special Programs Department with Aiken County Public Schools.   

She is responsible for ensuring students with disabilities throughout the District are provided with appropriate educational services and supports. Through collaborating with District and Community stakeholders, Wiley directs the development, implementation, and evaluation of all programs related to the legal provision of special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Act and accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.



Director of Student Services

Mr. Carl White

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Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Troy University; Master of Education Degree in Counselor Education from South Carolina State University; Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Augusta State University; Master Plus-30 certification in Counselor Education and Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Augusta University

Mr. Carl White

Mr. Carl White is the Director of Student Services for the Aiken County Public School District.

He served for 10 years as principal at Midland Valley High School, where he implemented an Early College Program that has already produced two cohorts of graduates from Aiken Technical College. Midland Valley High School also earned prestigious Palmetto Gold recognition in consecutive school years, from 2013-14, and 2014-15, for its Overall Performance and Closing the Achievement Gap.

He was also an assistant principal at Aiken High School and principal at Schofield Middle School. Prior to his time in school administration, he served as an extended school year site director, and supported students as a school counselor and special education coordinator at Aiken High School.



Mr. Don Pencille

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Bachelor of Science in Economics with a Minor in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Fredonia

Mr. Don Pencille

Mr. Don Pencille is the Director of Technology for the Aiken County Public School District.

Don Pencille began his career in the District in July of 2001 as a Technology Specialist. He was quickly promoted to the role of Network Specialist in 2002 and served in that capacity until March of 2014 when he was named the District’s Network Coordinator. In his most recent role with the District, Pencille evaluated, designed and implemented the District’s network systems.

He has also been responsible for preparing and recommending operational budgets while maintaining all records, in addition to looking ahead at possible system enhancements and upgrades.

Pencille earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in computer science from the State University of New York at Fredonia.