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2 Sumter School District administrators leaving for other jobs

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 6/12/19

Hamm's term almost finished; Martin-Knox on deck

Monday's board meeting was the next-to-last one for Hamm as she concludes her two-year term as interim superintendent on June 30.

The meeting …

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2 Sumter School District administrators leaving for other jobs

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Sumter School District administrators Dana Fall and Norris Williams have accepted positions in other districts in the state.

Fall, the district's chief operations officer for the last four years, was named superintendent of Cherokee County School District in Gaffney. Fall has already left Sumter, according to a district spokeswoman. He will begin his duties in Cherokee County on July 1.

Williams, brought in by Hamm as an assistant superintendent for leadership and school excellence in January 2018, accepted a job as principal at Blue Eagle Academy, the alternative program in Clover School District in York County.

A Rock Hill resident, Williams commuted daily the last two years to Sumter. Previously, as a middle school principal in Rock Hill, Williams was named the 2017 state Middle-Level Principal of the Year by the state Association of School Administrators.

Hamm said Tuesday that district Maintenance Director Clyde Chan will pick up some of Fall's responsibilities in the short term, but ultimately a decision on filling the two positions will be Martin-Knox's choice.

"I'm sure she will be looking at the organizational chart and thinking about how she wants to best use those positions," Hamm said. "She could either use those positions as they exist now or perhaps to redefine some of that. I think it's great; it gives the opportunity for some reorganization based on her priorities and what she wants to achieve and the best ways to use personnel to do that."

Hamm's term almost finished; Martin-Knox on deck

Monday's Sumter school board meeting was the next-to-last one for Interim Superintendent Debbie Hamm as she concludes her two-year term as interim superintendent on June 30.

The meeting was the only regularly scheduled one on the calendar for this month, but the board will need to vote on a third and final reading of its 2019-20 budget soon after, according to Hamm, county council votes on it on June 25. The new fiscal year begins July 1, so three readings by the board are necessary by the end of this month. Monday's vote was considered first reading on the new budget.

Superintendent-elect Penelope Martin-Knox attended the meeting and has been transitioning into the district since the beginning of the month. Martin-Knox's official start date is July 1. She comes to Sumter from Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland, where she was the district's chief of school climate and safety.