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Dr. Robert B. Ross Named New Principal at Strom Thurmond High School

web posted June 12, 2014

JOHNSTON – At the regular meeting Tuesday night, The Edgefield County School Board voted unanimously to hire Dr. Robert B. Ross as the new principal for Strom Thurmond High School. Dr. Ross will replace outgoing Principal Jill Jett who recently notified the school board that she had accepted the job of principal at South Aiken High School. Dr. Ross is currently an Assistant Principal at Chapman High School in Spartanburg, S.C. He is married to Marsha and the couple has two children, namely, Madolyn and Wyatt. Dr. Ross has indicated that he will move his family to this area as soon as possible.

Superintendent Greg Anderson indicated that the school district was looking for the best principal in the country to be the top administrator at Strom Thurmond. The only way to do this as fairly and as professionally as possible involved the school district posting the position at the usual outlets. The school district wanted to make sure that it received a firsthand assessment of the needs of the school from the faculty. Accordingly, both Superintendent Anderson and Assistant Superintendent Donna Strom met with the faculty twice and also provided a survey to the employees so that they could provide input in writing.

The position was then posted at the traditional outlets and eventually eleven applicants were then interviewed by a panel consisting of eight members representing a variety of interests. Included were five Strom Thurmond High School staff members, a community member, a parent, and one district office staff member. This panel narrowed the applicants down to three individuals who were called back for a second interview. This time the applicants were interviewed by the superintendent, assistant superintendent, chief financial officer, human resources director and teacher of the year at Strom Thurmond High School.

Eight references were provided by Dr. Ross and all eight were contacted. District office personnel spent the weekend calling each reference and five other people in the Spartanburg area for a total of thirteen people who served as reference checks.

Superintendent Anderson indicated that it was important that the selection process be as transparent as possible and to include as much input from the employees at Strom Thurmond as was necessary. He further stated that the school was looking for the “right fit”. Besides the obvious assets that are necessary to be considered for a position such as this, the school district wanted to find someone with experience and someone who has kept up with all of the recent advancements and changes in education. Anderson further stated “we also wanted to find someone who could bring fresh ideas to help provide the best education for all the students.” Dr. Ross exceeded all of our requirements and appears to have all of his priorities in order. We are extremely excited to have a man of this caliber to lead Strom Thurmond High School.

Anderson continued “we have been told by educators around the state that Strom Thurmond High School is one of the premier high schools in the entire state. It is a school with a wealth of talent as demonstrated by the levels of success achieved by our Band, NJROTC, FFA, Mock Trial, Fine Arts, Music, Athletics and many other extracurricular activities. We have asked Dr. Ross to utilize his talent to help Strom Thurmond High School reach the next level of success”.

Dr. Ross commented “I am very excited about the opportunity to be the principal at Strom Thurmond High School and serve the people of this community.”

Dr. Ross has indicated that he ready to get started. He has indicated that one of first things he will do is to interview each employee at the school so that he can begin his duties as efficiently as possible.






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