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Lexington County School District One • Issue 137 • April 23, 2021

GMS Principal Benji Ricard to retire

Lexington County School District One Superintendent Greg Little, ED.D., announced that Benjamin D. Ricard, ED.D., plans to retire effective July 1, 2021.


Of his retirement, Dr. Little says, “Benji Ricard has given 15 years to this district and, more importantly, to Gilbert Middle School. We are thankful for his selfless service to its students and staff, and his commitment to the Gilbert community.”

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District announces new OGES assistant principal

Superintendent Greg Little, ED.D., announced that the Board of Trustees approved an administrator hire during their April 20, 2021 Board Meeting. The board approved the hiring of Joseph W. Casey for the position of assistant principal at Oak Grove Elementary School, effective July 1, 2021.

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2021–2022 budget process begins

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, during a meeting of the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, Lexington District One administrators presented a proposed 2021–2022 general fund operating budget that prioritizes reducing and maintaining current student-to-teacher ratios, a step increase for employees, and a focus on retaining and recruiting employees.

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Honors and Achievements

Celebrating the best of our students and staff

We highlight honors and achievements in this section of Inside Voice.

District archery teams dominate at state competition 

Three Lexington County School District One archery teams and five individual archers earned state titles recently.


Pelion Elementary, Carolina Springs Middle and White Knoll High beat dozens of teams from across South Carolina to earn the top spot in their respective grade levels. River Bluff High placed second at the state competition. WKHS currently ranks 11th in the nation. 

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RBHS honored for supporting seniors applying to college

On Friday, April 16, 2021, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education presented River Bluff High School the 2019 School of Excellence award. Developed collaboratively by CHE and the American College Application Campaign, the award recognizes RBHS’s counseling office for supporting seniors’ postsecondary education pursuits through a variety of college access programs. 

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Music Education Program receives national recognition 

For the fourth consecutive year, the NAMM Foundation ranked Lexington County School District One among the Best Communities for Music Education for its outstanding commitment to music education.


The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

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District honored for its financial reporting

The Association of School Business Officials International awarded Lexington District One its Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 2019–2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. This is the 27th consecutive year the district has received this recognition. ASBO International provides programs, resources and services to school business professionals. The organization promotes the highest standards of school business management, professional growth and the effective use of educational resources.


Board recap

For those individuals unable to attend a Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees meeting, we upload a video of the entire meeting to our YouTube channel on board meeting night and on our LexOne Video website the next day. 


After the meeting, we also provide interactive agendas. There you can easily find video of the specific presentation or item that interests you without scrolling through video of the entire meeting.  


Click here for a recap of the April 20, 2021 Meeting.​​​​​

Thought you’d like to know


With our sympathy

Marian Heustess, mother of LES Student Record Operator Ann Stokes, passed away April 16, 2021. A private service will take place at a later date.


Jerry McGrady, father of LHS English Teacher Scott McGrady, passed away April 17, 2021. The funeral took place April 22 in West Columbia.


Dorothy Prezzy, mother-in-law of LES Assistant Principal Alicia Prezzy, passed away April 16, 2021. The funeral took place today, April 23, in Vance.


We extend our sympathy to these families.

Lexington County School District One employees can now submit information regarding critical events in their lives or the lives of their co-workers, such as births, marriages and deaths. To submit a birth, marriage or death announcement, employees should complete this form.

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