Principal of Elementary School 13, Cassy Paschal. Photo provided.

The principal for Lexington-Richland School District Five's newest elementary school was announced Tuesday. Award-winning administrator and long-serving educator Cassy Paschal will be the principal of Elementary School 13, located on Amick's Ferry Road in Chapin. The school is slated to open in the fall of 2021.

Paschal has served as principal of Irmo Middle School since 2017. During her tenure, the school became a nationally certified magnet school by Magnet Schools of America. Prior to serving as principal at Irmo Middle, she served as both principal and assistant principal at Oak Pointe Elementary School. She was approved for her new post during a school board meeting May 18.

“It is such an honor to be named the principal of Elementary School 13 in School District Five,” Paschal said. “I am excited about returning to the elementary level because of the opportunity to impact earlier learners and set the tone for the rest of their academic careers. Having spent almost all of my educational career in School District Five, I am excited to continue to serve the students, parents and community members.”

Paschal has been a professional educator for nearly 20 years, starting her career in Florence as a special education teacher. She attended Presbyterian College, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology. She earned her master’s degree in educational administration from the University of South Carolina.

“Mrs. Paschal is a well-respected and well-known administrator in the School District Five community. She is a passionate leader who has a special way of building lasting relationships with both students and her staff. She has a proven record of success, and we are excited for her to continue to serve here in School District Five," said Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton.

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Way to go, Cassy😀! Cassy was principal at Oak Pointe Elementary in Irmo, South Carolina, when our two oldest sons started attending. Cassy was an inspiration to me and gave me confidence in knowing that the school was not only going to be well run, but also safe and accommodating to all. I also worked with Cassy as a member of Oak Pointe Elementary’s SIC team. She was absolutely amazing in that she was intelligent, insightful, and always showed compassion and empathy toward others. I could not think of a better educator to lead this new elementary school! Congratulations, Cassy, and you are one of the main reasons why We Have Pride for District Five😀!

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