Aiken County school district has announced two new principals for the upcoming school year.
Michael Truitt was named last week as new principal at J.D. Lever Elementary School. Denise McCray will take the head job at Schofield Middle School.
Truitt, who was assistant principal, replaces Cathy Ellis who is retiring after the current school year. He has been with the school system for 12 years, including as a teacher and literacy coach.
"As a classroom teacher I always thought about how I was making a difference in the lives of those 25 or 30 students, and how important that was," Truitt said in a news release from the school district. "My interest in pursuing a role in administration was the opportunity to spread that out over an entire student body and also help teachers be the absolute best educators they can be."
Truitt grew up outside of the Washington, D.C., area and moved to Aiken County prior to attending high school, where he graduated from Wagener-Salley High. He holds a degree in educational leadership from Augusta State University, and a degree in elementary education from Clemson University. Truitt holds South Carolina certification in elementary education and elementary principal certification.
McCray currently serves as Academic Dean at Dorothy Height Elementary with Muscogee County schools in Columbus, Ga. She replaces Lloydette Young, who has accepted a position in the district for the 2017-18 school year "where she will help strengthen the school district's commitment to teacher retention and support," according to the release.
McCray holds a master of science degree in education Administration from the University of South Carolina, a master of science in elementary education from Troy University in Dothan, Ala., and a bachelor of science in elementary education from Auburn University. She also holds South Carolina certification in elementary education, elementary Supervision, and elementary principal certification.
"I am really excited about this opportunity because it will be just like moving back home after spending so many years in South Carolina," said McCray, who is a former teacher at Chukker Creek Elementary in Aiken County. "I have friends and colleagues I've stayed in touch with in Aiken County from my days at Chukker Creek, so I am looking forward to returning as the new principal at Schofield Middle School."