richland 2 principals

(Left to right) Shannon Holland, Dr. Richard Griffin and Mark Sims will all be principals of Richland Two schools this upcoming school year. Photos provided by Richland District Two.

Richland County School District Two announced the selection of three principals to fill elementary, middle and high school positions Thursday.

At the district’s board meeting Tuesday, board members approved the selection of Shannon Holland as principal of Bethel-Hanberry Elementary School, Dr. Richard Griffin as principal of Kelly Mill Med Pro Middle School, and Mark Sims as principal of Richland Northeast High School.

Shannon Holland who was chosen to be principal of Bethel-Hanberry Elementary School, spent the past four years as the assistant principal of the school. Holland began her career in education 24 years ago as a kindergarten and homebound teacher in York County.

“I am honored to receive the opportunity to continue being part of the Bethel-Hanberry family with this new leadership role,” Holland said. “As part of this premier elementary school, I will lead the students, staff and community in striving for excellence. I look forward to the school's continuous growth and exciting experiences as the new principal.”

Dr. Richard Griffin, a Columbia native, was named principal of Kelly Mill Med Pro Middle School. Griffin has been in the education field for over 25 years with experience as an administrator and teacher in K-12 education.

“What excites me the most about being the principal of Kelly Mill is the opportunity to lead a Premier School of Excellence by providing equitable access to student-centered learning environments,” he said. “I believe in personalized learning designed around the unique individual needs, interests, strengths and readiness of all students.”

Richland County School District Two chose Mark Sims to become principal at Richland Northeast High School. Sims was previously the principal of Kelly Mill Med Pro Middle School. He began his career in education as an early childhood teacher and taught eighth–grade English and ninth grade summer academies before moving into administrative roles.

"I am honored and elated to have an opportunity to serve, learn, and lead with an amazing learning community. Richland Northeast is steeped in a rich tradition that exudes a high standard of excellence in all endeavors,” said Sims. “I am thankful to embark upon the most meaningful journey of educating young people with the RNE Family. It's an exciting time to sustain as well as increase our impact and influence by preparing all RNE students for success.”

The principals will begin transitioning into their new roles immediately and will officially assume leadership as of Oct. 1.

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