New principals named at three Aiken County schools

December 18, 2018

Principals have been named for the new Aiken Intermediate School and the new Graniteville Elementary, which both will open in the fall.

Schofield Middle School will have a new principal, too.

Denise McCray, the current principal at Schofield Middle, will be the principal at Aiken Intermediate School, and Michelle Padgett, who is the principal at Leavelle McCampbell Middle School, will be the principal at Graniteville Elementary.

Scott Floyd, the principal at Aiken Middle, will move to Schofield Middle.

The Aiken County Public School District announced the new administrative positions Dec. 11 following approval by the Aiken County School Board at its regular meeting, according to a news release from the district.

McCray will be the first principal of the new Aiken Intermediate School, which School Board members approved in January.

The new Aiken Intermediate School, which will be at the current Aiken Middle School, will be for all sixth-graders in Area 1 in Aiken. After sixth grade at Aiken Intermediate, students will go either to Schofield Middle or Kennedy Middle for seventh and eighth grades.

“We will have a great opportunity to have an impact on all students in the city of Aiken and usher them into their middle school years with a positive experience,” said McCray, a former Aiken County Public Schools teacher who has been principal at Schofield two years. “With my background at the elementary level and experience at the middle school level, I understand what students and parents are going through during this transition. We will focus on building student confidence and developing the ability to advocate for themselves and on being a bridge connecting all of the schools in the city of Aiken because we know we are more alike than we are different.”

Padgett, who has been at Leavelle McCampbell Middle three years, led the school during its transition from a historic facility on Canal Street in downtown Graniteville to a new, state-of-the-art campus on Bettis Academy Road.

Before coming to Leavelle McCampbell Middle, Padgett was the principal of Gloverville Elementary for seven years, during which the school received three Palmetto Silver Awards for Overall Performance and another for Closing the Achievement Gap.

“The opportunity to open a brand new school in this community really drew me to Graniteville Elementary,” Padgett said. “Starting something new and being able to serve our community in that unique way is something exciting to me, but it is bittersweet because I love serving as principal at Leavelle McCampbell Middle. I attended school here; it’s where I started my professional career as a teacher; and it will always have a special place in my heart.”

Floyd has been the principal of Aiken Middle School since December 2015 after moving to Aiken County from the Charleston area.

“This is a great opportunity and I am really excited about leading Schofield Middle and potential implementation of elements of the Cambridge Program curriculum at the middle school level,” Floyd said. “I am also excited to be able to continue the relationships already developed with the sixth- and seventh-grade students and their families at Aiken Middle, while developing new relationships with students at Schofield Middle I will meet for the first time.”

The Cambridge Program focuses on creative thinking, inquiry and problem solving in order to prepare independent learners, according to an earlier news release from the school district.

Schofield Middle students can continue the Cambridge Program at Aiken High School, which is South Carolina’s first Cambridge International School. Freshman at Aiken High began the program in the fall.

McCray, Padgett and Floyd will complete the school year in their current positions.

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