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Interim CCMS principal has helped shape Lowcountry’s schools


Dr. Kenneth Jenkins has had a long, rewarding career within the state’s school system.

Dr. Kenneth Jenkins’ return to Colleton County to become Colleton Middle Schools’ Interim Principal for the 2012-13 school year marks another year of helping to mold our schools into better learning institutions. Jenkins has become rather well known for successfully steering those students who are low performing in the right direction for total school improvement. “My job is to help keep this school together and moving forward,” Jenkins said, adding that he was CCMS principal in 2007 before the merger of the middle schools. Now CCMS is a compilation of that school, Forest Circle Middle School, and Ruffin Middle School. Jenkins was also a mentor to the school’s principal in 2005. He also taught English for a year at the Alternative School. “I’m very familiar with Colleton County,” Jenkins said. He added that his experience within the Colleton County school system “has been very rewarding.”Jenkins said he is officially retired, but just serves the Lowcountry area wherever he is needed. “I work to improve academics, discipline, and safety. I also strongly encourage parental involvement. Kids and parents and staff, from what I have seen, are a great combination, and the school board has shown support for what we do at CCMS.”

Jenkins began his educational career in Dorchester County School District 4 in the Town of Saint George. “I taught English for seven years, and was then named as Principal at Williams Memorial Middle School within that district from 1979 to 1994.” From 1994-98, Jenkins went to Holly Hill-Roberts High School, where he also served as principal.

From 1998-2001, Jenkins served as the curriculum coordinator within the Orangeburg District 3 school system. In 2002, he joined the South Carolina State Department of Education’s School Improvement Team. “During my first assignment, I spent three years working with the Ridgeland Middle School in Jasper County. I learned a lot in Ridgeland, and I got parents in to help support the needs of our children.”

Jenkins then served as a principal mentor at several schools in our county, Jenkins also currently chairs the Dorchester District School Board. Concerning his role within the school systems in our state, Jenkins said, “I love to see these kids and to know that they are out tomorrow. I know that middle school is difficult. Kids have their own language and are also going through growing spurts. But I love every minute of what I do, and I do the best I can to ensure our children a safe environment.”

“My main goal as appropriately carrying out the mission of Colleton County Middle School is to prepare students to become productive citizens, life-long learners, and building a community of caring and knowledgeable students who are academically and socially prepared to transfer to high school with positive attitudes toward higher education and the work force,” Jenkins said. He added his ultimate goal is to move CCMS upward toward achieving an outstanding report card and meeting Adequate Yearly Progress. “I am both excited and once again exhilarated to be part of ‘Team Colleton’ and I am ready to accept the challenges that the year 2012-2013 will bring.”