In an agreement designed to cover the interim time period during transition of leadership, Columbia-based Richland School District Two engaged Dr. Baron Davis as superintendent-elect for the next several years at a special meeting recently.
Board chairman James Manning engineered two contracts between the district’s board of trustees and Davis to ensure a smooth transition following the retirement of Debbie Hamm.
“While the board has accepted Dr. Hamm’s retirement at the end of the 2016-17 school year, she remains the district’s superintendent until July 1, 2017,” Manning said. “We are committed to working together to make the year a success and to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. Therefore, the board decided that it was in the best interest of the district to select Dr. Davis as superintendent-elect.”
The board prepared a separate agreement to engage Davis for a three-year period beginning July 1, 2017.
“I am beyond honored that the Richland Two Board of Trustees has entrusted me to follow Dr. Hamm as superintendent of our outstanding district,” Davis said. “[The] ultimate reasons for our success come from our extraordinary co-workers, administrators, teachers, parents, students, retirees and community members. We all share a sense of urgency when it comes to providing all learners with meaningful, challenging and engaging learning experiences.”