Hamm takes over Richland District 2 interim chief

jmonk@thestate.comJuly 1, 2013 

— Longtime Richland School District 2 administrator Debra Hamm officially became interim school superintendent on Monday.

Hamm, who has been with the district 36 years, will serve until the board finds a new superintendent to replace Katie Brochu, who resigned unexpectedly last month.

“Student success is at the heart of everything we do, and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure they have an extraordinary school year,” Hamm said.

Brochu’s resignation became effective Monday.

Hamm is the second member of her family in the last year called upon to help out in an unusual situation facing a Midlands institution.

Her husband, Columbia attorney Steve Hamm, has just finished a stint trouble-shooting last November’s Richland County election disaster, in which hundreds and perhaps thousands of residents wound up spending hours in unusually long lines to vote.

Hamm, who graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara, has various advanced education graduate degrees. In 1977, she started with the district as a curriculum specialist. Since 2001, she has been the district’s chief information officer, overseeing various offices including the department of information technology.

A district press release describes her as “a driving force in the district’s continued presence at the forefront of technology integration in classrooms.”

Richland 2 covers much of Northeast Richland County. Its 26,746 students are at five high schools, seven middle schools and 18 elementary schools. The district has a $251 million annual budget.

Reach Monk at (803) 771-8344.

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