The Lexington County School District Three Board of Trustees unanimously voted on Tuesday, March 31st to name Dr. Drew “Ashley” Atkinson, Jr. as the school district’s next superintendent.
Dr. Atkinson currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in Spartanburg School District Five in Duncan, South Carolina. Prior to this he served as an Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction; Director of Accountability, Assessment and Research; Director of Guidance Services; mathematics and chemistry teacher; assistant football coach; wrestling coach and golf coach. He has a Bachelor of Science degree (Mathematics with minors in Computer Science and Chemistry) from Francis Marion University. He has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Carolina and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
"We are thrilled to have Dr. Atkinson join the Panther family as our new leader. We have no doubt that his educational experiences and expertise will propel our great district forward into the next 100 years as we continue to focus on creating college-and-career ready graduates who are ready for everything this world has to offer," said Stacey Derrick, Lexington Three’s Board of Trustees Chairperson.
Dr. Atkinson has been married to his wife, Penny, for 33 years. Penny serves as the Director of Middle Level Instruction in Richland School District Two. Both Ashley and his wife are originally from Pageland, SC. They have two grown daughters, Jordan and Ruth, who both work as teachers.
Dr. Atkinson enjoys spending time with his family, reading, attending USC athletic events, baking, working on cars, attending plays and doing household remodeling projects.
Dr. Atkinson will start as superintendent on July 1, 2020. He will work with the district and board prior to the official start date to ensure a smooth transition. Lexington Three thanks the South Carolina School Boards Association for its assistance during the search and hiring process.
Welcome Dr. Atkinson!