Lexington 3 superintendent J. Chester Floyd is retiring in mid-2015 after nearly six years overseeing schools in the Batesburg-Leesville area.
His decision to step down June 30 ends a 50-year career as an educator for Floyd, 71.
“I have grown so fond of this district and the outstanding employees who make it a wonderful place to work for children,” he said in a statement Wednesday.
Floyd focused on improving academic performance and technology during his tenure.
Lexington 3 is the smallest of five school districts in Lexington County. It has slightly more than 2,000 students in four schools and 335 employees, about half of them teachers. It includes a slice of adjoining Saluda County.
Floyd hserved as superintendent in four areas, including a stint in adjoining Lexington 1 in the 1990s.
Lexington 3 school board members will decide shortly how to proceed in picking a successor, chairman Craig Caughman said.
“Our next superintendent will have some very large shoes to fill and we want to make sure we get the right person for the job,” he said.
Floyd is the second superintendent in county schools to retire next year, joining Venus Holland in Lexington 2.