A "Meet the Candidates" event for the three finalists for the principal of Marlboro County High School will be held in person (limit of 40 people) in the commons area of MCHS or virtually through the Marlboro County School District Facebook Live stream, at 6 p.m. Thursday (May 21).
All attendees must wear a protective face mask and adhere to all social distancing practices.
District officials said the principal vacancy at MCHS has created much interest. At least eighteen applicants, from five different states, applied to be interviewed.
A selection committee comprised of staff, students, parents, and community leaders from MCHS and the district met and interviewed seven candidates on May 14.
The interview committee narrowed the group down to three final candidates — Senaca Baines, Michael Dease, and Rod Taylor, Sr.
Baines is currently a high school administrator over curriculum and instruction. His career in education totals 19 years, with 11 years of leadership experience and eight years in the classroom, all of which occurred in high school and middle school settings.
Michael Dease is a native of Bennettsville and a 2002 graduate of Marlboro County High School where he excelled both in academics and athletics. Currently, he is an assistant principal at St. Andrews Middle School and he is the Founder of Project M.O.V.E. (Men Of Vision and Excellence).
A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Taylor has spent over 25 years in education in secondary schools as a teacher, dropout prevention program coordinator, assistant principal, associate principal, and principal.
Most recently, Taylor worked as a consultant with Discovery Education's Professional Learning Team. He mentored and coached administrators as they led their districts and schools through transformational processes.
Each candidate will be given an opportunity to present himself (five-minute time limit) to the school community.
Candidates will be asked preselected questions submitted by the students, staff, and community. All questions should be submitted to Cribb at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each candidate will also have a one on one interview with the superintendent. A final recommendation will be made to the board of trustees on June 1 during the regularly scheduled board meeting. The selected candidate will begin on July 1.
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