Rock Hill school board names interim superintendent

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comAugust 30, 2013 

John Taylor, former Lancaster superintendent, will serve as the interim superintendent in the Rock Hill school district beginning sometime in September.

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The Rock Hill school board has hired John Taylor as interim superintendent, starting sometime in September.

Taylor worked for Rock Hill schools from 1988 to 1995 as associate superintendent of long-range planning, staff development and community involvement.

He was superintendent of schools in Dillon before moving to Rock Hill and Lancaster County’s superintendent after he left Rock Hill.

Before that, he held several administrative and teaching positions across the state.

Superintendent Lynn Moody resigned Monday to lead the Rowan-Salisbury School System in North Carolina. Her last day in Rock Hill will be Sept. 30.

Board member Walter Brown said Taylor will be a good fit for the district.

“Dr. Taylor has served in many different districts in South Carolina as an interim superintendent,” Brown said. “His terms as interim have been most successful.”

Taylor has served as interim superintendent for school districts in Chester, Oconee and Jasper counties.

His last long-term position was as Lancaster superintendent from 1995 to 2002.

On Friday, Taylor said he’s happy to be returning to Rock Hill schools, which he called “strong.”

“Rock Hill is a good district with a good mix of people and great resources,” he said.

His role as interim superintendent will be to keep business running smoothly while the search process for Moody’s replacement takes place, he said.

“I don’t think it’s the role of the interim to come and start any new programs,” he said.

Taylor, who lives in Fort Mill, will be paid $750 a day.

The board met in closed session for more than two hours Friday morning before voting to hire Taylor.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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