Enquirer Herald

York schools name 4 to top leadership roles

Amy Hagner
Amy Hagner

Four people were named June 23 to top administrative jobs in the York school district, replacing several longtime employees who are retiring.

The changes:

▪  Beverly Bowman, principal of Fort Mill’s Nation Ford High School for the past nine years, will move to York as the new assistant superintendent for instruction and administration.

▪  Amy Hagner will be assistant superintendent for finance and operations. Hagner has served as director of finance for the York district for the past nine years.

▪  Oliver Love, who has worked with the district in various roles for 16 years, will become director of human resources and teacher quality.

▪  Becky Dover will be principal of Hickory Grove/Sharon Elementary.

Bowman, Hagner, Love and Dover replace several top York administrators who are retiring or leaving the district at the end of June.

The retiring administrators are Matt Brown, assistant superintendent for operations and administration; Maria Duncan, director of human resources; and Mildred Huey, director of instruction and assessment. Dietrich Long, principal at Hickory Grove-Sharon Elementary, is leaving the York district for a job in Clover schools.

Love, whose most recent leadership role was as York’s director of student services, also worked at the alternative school, York One Academy, and at both Harold C. Johnson Middle School and York Comprehensive High School.

Bowman has worked for 22 years in public education. She began her career at Saluda High School in Saluda, where she taught English. Bowman has experience with all facets of high school operations, construction/maintenance, curriculum and instruction, assessment and accountability, data collection and analysis, state regulations, school and district accreditation, school improvement, personnel and supervision, alternative programs, technology and parent relations.

Hagner will manage transportation, maintenance, food service, grants and finance. Under her leadership the district financial audits have been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the nine years. Hagner has also has served as president of the S.C. Association of School Business Officials.

Dover, who was a student in York schools, has worked in York schools for four years, most recently as assistant principal at Hickory Grove/Sharon, and before that as assistant principal at Harold C. Johnson Elementary.

The school board recently honored Huey, Brown and Duncan for their years of service.

Huey was an elementary teacher in Spartanburg who became principal of Ebinport Elementary School in Rock Hill. In 1990 she moved to York schools as Title One coordinator and later became director of instruction and assessment.

Brown, a York native who graduated from York High School and Newberry College, was director of the York Comprehensive High School band, which traveled and won awards under his leadership. In 1998, Brown was the first principal of Cotton Belt Elementary School. In 2007, he became assistant superintendent of operations and administration and oversaw the high school construction and renovations at several other schools.

Duncan has worked with the York district for 44 years, beginning in the summer of 1971, when she began working in a migrant worker education program. She taught third and fifth grades in the McCelvey Center building when it was a school and also served as an assistant principal. Duncan moved to the district office in a staff development position before she became director of human resources.