• Dr. Kandace Bethea

    We Are Marion County School District

     Educate • Prepare • Inspire


    Welcome to the Marion County School District! Please join us on an exciting journey as we transform the lives of Marion County students. Our purpose is to educate, prepare and inspire our students to become college and career ready so they may be productive citizens in a changing global society. We have an amazing community of educators who are working together to transform students’ lives. 

    The Marion County School District is on a mission to provide all our students with a world-class education.  We believe that teachers have the biggest impact on student achievement and it is our top priority to ensure that our teachers and our leaders have what they need to provide our students with a high-quality education.

    This year we will focus on executing the Marion County School District Instructional Framework, ensuring, standards-based teaching practices are happening in every classroom that will promote high-quality student learning.  Utilizing recently deployed devices our educational leaders will be ensuring proper integration of technology to improve students learning process and outcomes. 

    Our district will focus on promoting the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate by addressing

    • developmentally appropriate literacy and numeracy skill development
    • the “soft” skills required for success in the workplace
    • digital literacy skill development in grades K – 12

    This year, we are beginning year three of a five-year Teaching and School Leadership Federal Grant.  The Empowering Educators to Excel project is building capacity in our teachers and leaders through effective Instructional Leadership Teams using the research-based TRACTION method and implementing the Supporting Teacher Effectiveness Project to enhance our Professional Learning Communities. 

    Join our school families, communities and business partners as we collectively work towards our shared goal of creating a positive climate in culture in all our schools. We believe when everyone works together we can have a positive place where students and staff are happy, and when students and staff are happy, they do their best and make their best better.

    We invite you to join us this year as we continue our exciting journey to transform our schools to places where students are engaged in their learning, in an environment that is filled with positive energy and trust, so students ultimately get what they need to be successful in life and career.

    We are looking forward to another great year of continuing to “#GrowBetterTogether”!


    Kandace Bethea, PhD











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