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Baines resigns: four big posts now need to be filled

Senaca Baines resigns as CCMS principal.

Colleton County Middle School Principal Senaca Baines has resigned from his post.

Baines officially turned in his resignation last Wednesday to Colleton County School District Superintendent Dr. Franklin Foster. Baines will remain with the district as acting principal of CCMS through the end of this school year, with the last date of his employment slated for June 30, said Foster.

Baines has been the principal of CCMS – South Carolina’s largest middle school, population wise – for two years. In 2014, the school has a student enrollment of 1,486 students in grades 6-8.

Baines also recently served on a statewide teacher evaluation committee and on a S.C. Education Reform Initiative Committee with S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.

“I am quite a distance from my church, and I’m active in my church, and my wife and I are traveling several nights a week back and forth to our church. So we are looking to relocate closer to our church,” said Baines. His church is in Barnwell. Baines says he is “extremely” proud of the student’s Space Flight Initiative and the middle school’s athletics program, which he oversaw. “We have a more student-centered approach here,” he said.

Both Foster and Colleton County School Board Member William Bowman listed filling Baines’ slot as one of the most tedious and immediate needs in the district. “This is the largest middle school in the state, and the top leadership position is now vacant. That’s a huge undertaking,” said Bowman.

In addition to Baines’ now vacant post, Foster also has to hire a new Human Resources director for the district, along with a new districtwide food services director and a new assistant superintendent. The assistant superintendent role has been vacant since the resignation in 2014 of Dr. William Dixon. Foster was the district’s HR director; however, in his newly-appointed role as official superintendent, he will no longer continue working as both the HR director and the interim superintendent. “There is a lot of work to be done, all before the start of the new school year,” said Bowman.


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