New school administrators announced
The Florence One Board of Trustees approved the appointment of three new school administrators for the 2016-17 school year, effective July 1. They include; David Copeland Jr., Principal, Savannah Grove Elementary and Cedrick Kennedy, Director, Alfred E. Rush Academy; and Stanley R. Brunson, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Budgeting Services. David Copeland Jr., has been named the new principal of Savannah Grove Elementary School.
For the past three years, he has served as Assistant Principal at McLaurin Elementary. Prior to that time, Copeland held the position of mathematics and science teacher at Greenwood Elementary. He is a recipient of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Francis Marion University and a Master of Arts in Education Administration from Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Mr. Copeland has received an endorsement for having completed the South Carolina Department of Education’s (SDE) Transformational Leadership Academy (SCTLA). It utilizes a uniquely designed preparation program to equip individuals who aspire to be transformational school principals with a highly-specialized skill set and intensive practice in honing those skills in real school settings.
The Transformational Leadership Academy design included quarterly seminars, coaching, and experiences at case-study schools. According to the SDE, participants completing the Transformational Leadership Academy will be ready to turn around student growth in our state's most challenging schools. Cedrick Kennedy has been named the Director of Alfred Rush Academy.
A certified teacher and administrator, Kennedy received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from South Carolina State University in 2004; a Master of Arts in Teaching in Business Education degree from Winthrop University in 2006; and a Specialist in Educational Leadership degree from South Carolina State University in 2008.
He most recently served as an Assistant Principal at South Florence High School where he supervised school activities; performed teacher evaluations; facilitated a mentorship program for targeted students; and managed the Safe and Supportive Schools grant. Prior to that time, Kennedy was a business education teacher at the Florence Career Center.
His experiences also include: Dean of Students at McClintock Middle School in Charlotte, NC; Career and Technology Education Teacher; Turning Point Academy, Charlotte, NC; Technology Teacher and Robotics Coach; Carver School of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia; and Business Education Teacher at Wilson High School in Florence. Stanley E. Brunson, Jr., named Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Budget Services, replaces retiring Chief Financial Officer Luther Rabon.
Since December of 2014, Brunson has served as Director of Finance for Marion County School District in Marion, SC. Prior to that he served as Chief Financial Officer for the School District of Williamsburg County in Kingstree.
Other previous positions held by Brunson include Independent Marketing Executive and Insurance Producer of Atlantic Financial Group (Myrtle Beach); Accounting/Property Manager, Galivants Ferry Farms Corporation (Aynor); Controller, The Meadows Assisted Living/Peoples Pharmacy (Wilmington, NC); and as Staff Accountant of accounting firms in Conway and Myrtle Beach.
In addition, he has held the position of Assistant Controller, Corporate Trainer, and IT Coordinator for InterSouth Investments, Incorporated, in Charleston, SC. Brunson holds an MBA from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Human Resources Management from Southern Wesleyan University. He is also licensed as a South Carolina School Business Official.