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We Are Marion County School District


Educate • Prepare • Inspire


Welcome to the Marion County School District! It is indeed an honor and privilege to serve as the Superintendent. As a native of Marion County, I have a vested interest in ensuring that we provide a high quality educational experience for all students throughout the county, the place that I proudly call home.


I am indeed grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a dedicated and knowledgeable team of educators, talented students and supportive parents and community.  As we embrace this school year, we must remain committed to keeping students at the forefront of all decision making as we strive for academic excellence. This year in our efforts for continuous improvement we welcome, for the first time, the AdvancEd Systems Accreditation Process.  This process provides a framework and opportunity for districts to examine best practices and standards for quality assurance.  Through this process, we will continue to partner with parents, community members, board members, teachers, school administrators, local businesses, and our school support staff as we focus on organizational effectiveness and student performance.

In the spirit of this year’s theme:  “We Are Marion County! Educate, Prepare and Inspire,” we maintain our expectations for a great year with quality teaching and engaging learning experiences embedded with a renewed sense of PRIDE!  It is our goal to continue to build strong, collaborative relationships with Marion County’s community as we create innovative educational experiences that meet the evolving needs of our students, parents and community.

With a high level of accountability and a sense of urgency we will continue with our areas of focus:

· Promoting the Profile of the SC Graduate

· Executing an effective Balanced Literacy Program

· Making Student Driven Decisions

· Building Capacity

· Cultivating a Positive Climate

It is my hope that this year will continue to be filled with successful experiences for both students and staff.  The bar has been set high but we will remain passionate about leading our schools forward to achieving our goals of academic excellence!


Kandace Bethea, PhD