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ROTARY MEETING: King Laurence, Aiken County School District Update
March 14 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
King Laurence was named Superintendent of Aiken County Public School District on February 18, 2020, after serving as interim superintendent since September 10, 2019. With an educational career spanning more than three decades, Laurence is an experienced administrator dedicated to the Aiken County community’s future success. A graduate of the University of South Carolina Aiken in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education, Laurence received his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration in 1990 from the University of South Carolina.
After twelve years as a teacher and assistant principal in Edgefield County Public Schools, Laurence moved to Aiken County in 1998, assuming the role as principal at Cyril B. Busbee Elementary. He has since served in a variety of leadership roles for Aiken County Public Schools, including Director of Federal Programs (2005-2012), Associate Superintendent for Instruction and Accountability (2012-2016), and Chief Officer of Administration and Human Resources (2016-2019).
On the state level, Laurence has been involved with the South Carolina Association of Title I Administrators, serving as that organization’s president from 2010-2011. He has served on the executive committee of the Instructional Leaders Division of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA), and most recently chaired SCASA’s 2020 Innovative Ideas Institute committee. Laurence was a previous member of the South Carolina Reading Recovery Advisory Council.
Locally, Laurence is on the boards of the America Heart Association for the CSRA and Education Matters. He is also a member of the Aiken County Commission for High Education, the Aiken County Commission for Technical and Comprehensive Education, and is the immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Aiken-Sunrise. He is a former member of the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center Advisory Board and was a charter member of the Aiken County First Steps Partnership Board of Directors