Lexington-Richland Five names new principals for Chapin middle school cluster

The middle school under construction in Lexington-Richland School District Five has its first principal to lead the incoming students and teachers.

Chapin Middle School has been renamed Chapin Intermediate School effective in the fall, and the soon-to-be-opened campus will be known as the new Chapin Middle School.

Anna Miller will be the first principal at Lexington-Richland Five's new middle school opening in the fall. (photo provided)

Anna Miller will be the first principal at Lexington-Richland Five’s new middle school opening in the fall. (photo provided)

Anna Miller, principal at the current Chapin Middle, is transitioning over to the new school, which will serve seventh- and eighth-graders. She will continue on in the position of principal.

Miller has been at Chapin Middle for three years and is a graduate of Columbia College and the University of South Carolina. She received the Columbia College Wil Lou Gray Outstanding Educator Award in 2014 and district Teacher of the Year in 2007-08.

“I am thrilled and honored to be able to move with our wonderful staff and students to the new building,” Miller said. “I look forward to the journey ahead and continuing to build on the tradition of excellence at Chapin Middle School, and I am grateful to [district Superintendent Stephen] Hefner and our school board for allowing me this opportunity.”

Vann Holden will be principal of the newly renamed Chapin Intermediate School. (photo provided)

Vann Holden will be principal of the newly renamed Chapin Intermediate School. (photo provided)

Chapin Middle Assistant Principal Vann Holden will remain at his school as it transitions to Chapin Intermediate School and will continue instructing fifth and sixth grade. District officials approved his promotion to principal of the school starting in the fall.

Holden first joined Chapin Middle’s administrative team in 2012. He also has taught local students at Dutch Fork Middle School, where he started his career in education as a science and social studies teacher. He also worked as an assistant principal in Blythewood.

Holden has participated and led many school groups and organizations during his tenure at Chapin Middle School, including the Chapin Middle School Improvement Council, Chapin Middle Parent Teacher Organization and Chapin Middle Bow Tie Club.

“It has been a privilege to serve the Chapin community and District Five, and I am excited about this new opportunity to shape the development of our students,” Holden said. “I look forward to working with our students, parents, teachers, and community members to create a meaningful learning experience that expands on the long history of excellence in Chapin and District Five schools.”

Hefner emphasized the importance of having the right people in place for the new school’s opening and transition of Chapin Middle into Chapin Intermediate.

“Opening a new school is always a milestone, and we wanted strong leadership to help set the tone for our families who have come to expect excellence from our schools. Both Ms. Miller and Mr. Holden have the skills, knowledge and expertise to continue our high levels of achievement, and we look forward to their service in their new important roles,” he said.

The new middle school on Broad River Road in Chapin is the final project of the 2008 bond referendum.

Related coverage: Lexington-Richland Five School Board approves name of new middle school, renames Chapin Middle

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