Lexington 2 settles on 3 finalists to succeed Holland

tflach@thestate.comJune 27, 2014 

— Two rural superintendents and one former one from the Upstate are the finalists to succeed retiring Lexington 2 superintendent Venus Holland.

The list announced Friday includes Williston 29 Superintendent Tom Siler, Orangeburg 4 Superintendent Brenda Turner and former Cherokee 1 Superintendent William James.

School Board members chose the three from among a pool of nine candidates interviewed earlier this week.

“Each of these candidates demonstrates the qualities that we believe are important for the superintendent to lead our district into the future,” board chairman Bill Bingham said. “We want a leader with an eye on the future.”

The finalists break with recent tradition of selecting a superintendent within Lexingotn 2’s ranks.

Lexington 2 has 8,500 students in 16 schools in Cayce, Pine Ridge, South Congaree and West Columbia.

The three finalists will meet with school and community groups July 21-23.

All the finalists have ties to the Midlands.

James is a former principal of Airport High, Siler was principal at Pelion Elementary from 1999-2005 and Turner supervised elementary and middle school instruction in Lexington 2 from 2001-07.

Board members will select the new superintendent shortly afterward.

The choice will come on board this fall to spend time in preparation with Holland, who is retiring July 1, 2015 after more than 7 years in the post.

Her successor will carry out a $225 million package for new schools and renovations if voters approve the plan at the Nov. 4 ballot.

Reach Flach at (803) 771-8483.

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