The Florence County District Five Schools Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night, February 9, to select three candidates as finalists for the position of Superintendent of Schools. The newly elected Superintendent will begin July 1.
The three finalists are (in alphabetical order):
Chandar Anderson currently serves as an Assistant Superintendent in Chesterfield County School District. He has been with the district since 2013. Prior to this, Dr. Anderson served as a principal in Florence School District One and in Broward County School District in Broward, Florida. He also served as a classroom teacher. Anderson earned his Ed.D. and Ed.S. degrees in Educational Leadership from Wingate University. He earned his M.S. in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Claflin University and a B.S. in Theology from Christian Life School of Theology.
Rod Ruth currently serves as the Principal for Clover High School in the Clover School District. He has been in that position since 2015. Prior to this he served as the principal for York Middle School. He served as an assistant principal in Clover and Southside Middle School (Florence, SC). Ruth also served as the Principal for Moore Intermediate School in Florence, SC and a classroom teacher in Lake City, SC. He is currently working on his Ed.S. in Educational Leadership at Winthrop University. He earned his M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina and his B.S. in Political Science from Francis Marion University.
The board made its selection of three finalists after a thorough review of all applicants and interviews with semi-finalist applicants on January 26 and February 8. Each finalist will be in the district to meet staff and faculty and have a final interview with the board on March 1, 2 and 4.
“Through several phases, in a search that began last September, our board is pleased to present three highly-qualified candidates for our next Superintendent.” said the Florence School District Five Board Chair, Chris Marsh. “We are looking forward to the next phase in this process, introducing the candidates to our community. Previously, when introducing candidates to the community, the board would host meet and greets at the school for the three finalists. However, in the wake of COVID and in consideration of safe social distancing practices, we will have a Zoom webinar with each of the three finalists on February 24 and 25.”
During the Zoom question and answer webinar, each candidate will answer five questions. Then, community participants will have the opportunity to type in their questions for each candidate. The webinar will be moderated by the South Carolina School Boards Association. The candidates will answer as many questions as they can during their 45-minute webinar.
Following the three question and answer webinars, the community is encouraged to submit their comments on each of the three finalists via SurveyMonkey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XMXSN59 by 5 p.m. on February 26.
Local Contact: Chris Marsh