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The Laurens County School District 55 Board of Trustees met in executive session on Monday evening to complete the Superintendent’s evaluation.

Dr. Stephen G. Peters is midway through his third year as the superintendent of LCSD 55. During his tenure he has overseen the introduction of the “30 for 30 Reading Initiative,” the installation of Ladies and Gentlemen’s Clubs on each of the district’s school campuses, the development of the L3 Summer Basketball League (which includes a literacy component), and community outreach programs like the “Principal for the Day” and “State of the Schools” programs. In the summer of 2018, LCSD 55 was named a national “District of Distinction” by District Administration magazine for the first ever district-wide implementation of Ladies and Gentlemen’s Clubs.

Peters has also led the drive to acquire property at the intersection of Lucas Avenue, Smith Road and Yarborough Mill Road (where P&T Hardware currently sits) for the future expansion of Ford Elementary School and an early childhood development program. Peters also increased district support of instruction in the schools with the development of District Instructional Teams. These teams conduct “learning walks” twice a month in each school to provide support and feedback for school principals.

In the evaluation process, Peters received an “Excellent” rating, having achieved all the goals established by the Board of Trustees. The Board offered Peters a two percent pay increase but Peters declined the raise, stating, “We are working diligently to raise the salaries of all employees and until we have our teachers and support staff pay at appropriate levels, I feel it is best for me to decline a raise at this time.”

There was no change in the term of Peters’ contract, which currently runs through the 2021-22 school year.