Florence School District 1

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  • Florence One is a 284-square mile area located in Florence County, South Carolina. It encompasses all or part of several communities , as well as the City of Florence, serving over 75,000 residents. Florence One is an award-winning school district with over 16,000 students and over 2,000 employees. Florence One has 14 elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, a career center, child development centers, an adult and community education center as well as other programs to meet the special needs of children.

    Florence One is governed by a nine member Board of Trustees which meets regularly on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Florence One Administration Building which is located at 319 South Dargan Street. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

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  • Florence One Board of Trustees Seeks Community, Staff Input in Search Process

    Community Forum on the Superintendent Search The search for a new superintendent to lead the Florence One School District has begun, and the Florence One School Board seeks input from employees and the community to assist with the process.

    Community and staff engagement activities are planned for Feb. 20-22 and will allow employees and citizens in the Florence One community an opportunity to share feedback on the characteristics and skill set desired in the next superintendent.  A team from BWP & Associates, the national search firm selected by the Florence One School Board to assist with the search process, will seek suggestions, answer questions, and explain the search process during scheduled meetings and forums.

    "One of the main outcomes of this community engagement process will be the creation of a Leadership Profile which will identify the characteristics and skill set our next superintendent needs to be successful in our district and community," said Barry Townsend, Chairman of the Florence One School Board. "This profile will assist the search team in its recruiting efforts and the Board in its selection process."

    On Tuesday, Feb. 20, a public forum for the Florence One community will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in Poynor Auditorium located in the district at 301 S. Dargan St.  This Forum is open to anyone in the public who would like to attend.

    An employee forum, open to all district employees, will also be held at Poynor on Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 4 to 5 p.m. In addition, small group meetings will be conducted by search team consultants Feb. 20, 21, and 22 with established staff, parent, student, and community groups.

    The search team will utilize input collected from forums, the small group meetings, and interviews with school board members to draft a Leadership Profile of the next superintendent. The Board will work with the consultants to finalize and approve this profile, which will be used to both recruit and assess candidates.

    In addition to community engagement meetings and forums, a community survey will be launched Feb. 20 on the district website (www.fsd1.org) and be open through March 6. Results of the survey will offer additional input collected during the search process.

    The community engagement process is designed to allow anyone in the Florence One community an opportunity to share feedback as the Board works to find the next leader for the district. "The Board encourages and appreciates any participation in these planned activities," said Townsend. 


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