Former Pelion educator Tom Siler is the new superintendent of Lexington 2 schools.
His selection as superintendent-elect was announced Thursday, setting the stage for him to assume oversight of classrooms in mid-2015.
“His deep background in education and positive energy will be a tremendous asset to the community and keep us moving forward in an educational environment that is constantly evolving,” School Board chairman Bill Bingham said.
Siler, 56, said he is “so impressed with the possibilities” in overseeing 16 schools with 8,500 students in Cayce, Pine Ridge, South Congaree and West Columbia.
He will serve a year under the tutelage of retiring superintendent Venus Holland.
One of his first tasks will be in developing a plan to carry out a $225 million package for new schools and renovations if voters approve the plan at the Nov. 4 referendum.
Siler was chosen from among three finalists – all with previous ties to Lexington 2 – for the post after a series of interviews with board members, staff members and the public this week.
He has been superintendent of Williston 29 schools with 1,000 students in Barnwell County since 2012.
Siler is a former principal at Pelion Elementary and a former town councilman there.
His salary as superintendent-elect will be finalized soon, with plans calling for him to join the Lexington 2 staff Sept. 15.
At first, he will learn the ropes from Holland and build relationships with the community to assure a smooth transition in leadership, board members said.