D55 picks leader

Dr. Stephen Peters will come into Laurens District 55 superintendency following Dr. Billy Strickland

Laurens School District 55 will hire Dr. Stephen G. Peters to be its new superintendent. Peters replaces Dr. Billy Strickland, who is retiring. Peters takes his new position July 1.

The D55 board met this morning to make a final decision on the superintendent selection, from among 3 candidates. The finalists toured schools and met with the public during receptions this week.

The vote to hire Peters was unanimous. Peters was a national education consultant for 14 years before becoming the principal of Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School this year. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership from South Carolina State University.

His education consultant work is as the CEO of The Peters Group, based in Orangeburg, 2004-15.

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