SC School District Appoints New Superintendent

Just weeks after the head of a South Carolina school district resigned, officials named a replacement.

Sumter County School District Superintendent Brenda Hafner will take over at the Lexington Two County School District, weeks after Nicholas Wade unexpectedly resigned after less than a year on the job.

Hafner was a finalist for the job in 2020 when the district of 8,600 students covering Cayce and West Columbia chose Wade, media reported.

The school board, at its meeting on Thursday, voted 6 to 1 to hire Hafner after she was interviewed behind closed doors. The terms of Hafner’s contract are still being negotiated, a spokeswoman for Lexington Two said.

“Dr. Hafner has several strong characteristics that will be invaluable to our school district,” Lexington Two Board Chair Christina Rucker said in a statement. “She is passionate about her work and we look forward to this. which she will bring to Lex-2.”

Hafner said she’s excited about this new leadership opportunity.

“I look forward to meeting our stakeholders and working with students, staff, parents and the community to take Lexington Two to the next level. I am confident that if we work together to identify our priorities and focus on best practices, nothing will be out of reach for students at Lexington Two,” she said.

Hafner’s start date with the district will be July 1.

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