Former Chapin High principal Akil Ross to resign from newly-appointed district position

Dr. Ross in his office at CHS after winning National Principal of the Year. Karamie Sullivan photo.

Lexington-Richland School District Five announced that the newly-appointed Director of Secondary Education, Dr. Akil Ross, will be resigning from his position.  According to the district’s announcement, he plans to pursue speaking to and coaching educators.

“During the past year, school systems and educational organizations have called on me to share my story, and I have been blessed that these invitations have taken me across the country,” he said. “I have always believed that when you commit to something, you must commit with your whole heart.  As I answer the calls to speak, I want to be fair to the position of director and to School District Five.  As a result, I will answer a calling to pursue speaking and coaching school leaders with my whole heart beginning in January.”

Ross served as Chapin High School’s principal from 2010 to 2018.  He was named the National Principal of the Year in 2017 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Chapin High was also recognized as a South Carolina Palmetto’s Finest Award recipient under Ross’s leadership in 2015.

Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton said she appreciates all that Ross has done as an administrator and director in School District Five. “The legacy that he leaves here will never be forgotten, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said Melton.

Ross said he has enjoyed his time in the schools and in his new position with the district.  “I have learned so much as I worked with school and district staff,” he added.  “School District Five will always have a special place in my heart, and I am so grateful for everyone in the district who has made me the leader I am.”

He was loved by students and staff of Chapin High during his years as an administrator at the school, first beginning as assistant principal in 2005.

Reggie Dean, who retired as the district’s Director of Secondary Education in July, will serve as the interim secondary education director until the position is filled.

Categories: Chapin, Education, Lexington County

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