District appoints Champagne as interim superintendent

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On Thursday, July 20, the Clarendon School District One Board of Trustees voted to appoint Assistant Superintendent Barbara Ragin Champagne as the interim superintendent for the school district. Former Superintendent Rose Wilder announced her retirement at the same meeting.

According to a district press release, Champagne has 35 years of education experience and has served as the assistant superintendent of instruction and federal and state programs for the district since 2008.

"Having observed Mrs. Ragin Champagne in her role as assistant superintendent, the board believes that she has the necessary qualifications and experience to serve in the capacity of the position appointed," said district Board Chairman Tony Junious.

Champagne said she is committed to the board's mission of absolute focus on student achievement, effective teaching practices, transparency of operations, fiscal accountability and parent and community engagement.

"What a remarkable privilege it is to continue to serve the students and citizenry of this historic school district in yet another capacity," Champagne said. "I am honored and humbled by the confidence the board has in my ability to continue building on the outstanding legacy of my predecessor."

The interim superintendent has an undergraduate degree in history from University of South Carolina, a Master's of Teaching from Winthrop University, and a Master's of Educational Administration from Scranton University, the release said. She recently completed all requirements for superintendency certification.