Rock Hill schools superintendent leaving for Anderson County

Kelly Pew
Kelly Pew

The Rock Hill school district will be looking for a new leader.

Kelly Pew, who has served as superintendent of the Rock Hill district since May 2014, announced late Tuesday she has accepted a position with Anderson School District One in Williamston. She will serve as the assistant superintendent of administration for Anderson.

Pew's last day is June 30, according to the school district. Pew's contract was extended through 2021 in October of last year.

Pew sent this statement to Rock Hill board members, faculty and staff Tuesday night:

"I am excited to have the opportunity to return to the district from which I graduated and began my administrative career," Pew said. "I will have the opportunity to work with and among many people for whom I hold much respect.

"This position will also allow me to move closer to my parents and mother-in-law, enabling me to provide them the support and care I feel is important at this time in our lives. I appreciate your support during my time in Rock Hill and for the decision that I have made for my family. The last four years have been wonderful for my husband and for me, and we will always be grateful to the time we have spent in Rock Hill."

The Rock Hill school board released a statement Friday following a meeting regarding Pew's contract.

"The board was surprised and disappointed when Dr. Pew asked to be relieved from her contract. However, we understand the changing commitments of family care members and have taken the step of granting her request," the statement reads. "We wish to thank Dr. Pew for her four years of service to our district and wish her well in her new endeavors."

During Pew's tenure, the Rock Hill school district passed its largest bond referendum, expanded choice programs for students and took steps toward bringing equality to school facilities and programs, according to the district.

Anderson County School District One served about 9,900 students as of 2017, according to the South Carolina Department of Education. Rock Hill schools serve about 18,000 students, according to the district.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of a community that values and supports our public education system," Pew wrote in the statement. "I have loved working among our students and faculty/staff in our schools. I hope that I have provided positive, supportive leadership that has enabled those within our schools to learn and grow. "

York school district Superintendent Vernon Prosser announced during the March 13 school board meeting that he is also resigning.

Amanda Harris: 803-329-4082