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STH's Jill Jet Takes Job at South Aiken, Search for New Principal to get underway

web posted May 15, 2014

JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School District announced Wednesday that the principal at Strom Thurmond High School, Jill Jett, has accepted a job offer as principal at South Aiken High School in Aiken, S.C. for the 2014-2015 school year. Mrs. Jett has been principal at Strom Thurmond High School since July, 2011. Initially, she was asked to serve as the interim principal but was later offered the role of full-time principal in November of 2011.

Prior to becoming principal of Strom Thurmond High School, Mrs. Jett had been serving as the assistant principal of Curriculum and Instruction for Strom Thurmond since July 2009. Her primary previous experience included her service as a teacher at South Aiken High School and Silver Bluff High School for sixteen years. In 2007, Mrs. Jett earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia Regents University. Previously she graduated from Aiken High School in 1974 and later graduated from Clemson University in 1981. Mrs. Jett and her family reside in Aiken only a short distant from South Aiken High School.

Mrs. Jett commented on her decision to leave Strom Thurmond as follows: “This has been one of the hardest decisions I have ever made in my lifetime. I want to thank the Edgefield County School Board for giving me this opportunity and for the confidence they had in me when they asked me to become principal of one of the most prestigious high schools in the state of South Carolina. I also want to thank this wonderful community for their support throughout the years. These are fantastic people from all walks of life and I will miss them greatly.

Mrs. Jett further commented by saying “I am also thankful for the years I have spent with the Strom Thurmond High School family. Everyone here from the custodians to the administrators are a class act. We have shared many wonderful experiences and I will take the best of them with me.”

Superintendent Greg W. Anderson said that a search for a replacement will begin immediately. “This is a very important job not only for our school district but for the entire county. Of course, we have certain criteria that we will be looking for in any particular candidate and it is important that we find the “right fit” for this position. In order to make the right decision, we will be seeking input from first the faculty and other employees at Strom Thurmond High School and we will seek advice from members of our community as well. We understand that everyone is concerned that we make the right decision and we will not take this lightly.”

Anderson further commented that “the Edgefield County School District is grateful to Mrs. Jett for her years of service to us. We hope to continue the progress that she has started at Strom Thurmond. She is a loyal, dedicated and hardworking individual. Clearly our loss is South Aiken’s gain.”

School Board Chairman Dr. Carroll Wates added “the school board will leave no stone unturned to make sure we find the right person for this job. When it comes to the education of our children, we must make sure that we make the right decision. There is somebody out there who can fulfill this role and we will not stop until we have found that person.”

Mrs. Jett will officially start her new duties as principal at South Aiken at the beginning of the next fiscal year which is on July 1, 2014.

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