Clover names Bethany principal

From staff reportsMay 20, 2014 

— Alison Churm has been named new principal of Bethany Elementary School, following approval Monday by the Clover school board.

A reception welcoming Churm to Bethany will be at 2:45 p.m. Friday, May 23.

With more than 30 years of experience, including 24 years in South Carolina, Churm comes to Clover from Belvedere Elementary School in the Aiken County School District, where she has served as principal since 2009.

“I am very excited,” she said Monday night. “Coming to York County is really like coming home for me because this area is where my family is from. I’m looking forward to being a part of the Clover community and really excited to have this opportunity.”

She holds an educational leadership degree from Augusta State University, a masters degree in educational administration from the University of South Carolina, and an undergraduate degree in special education from Presbyterian College.

In addition to 14 years as an administrator in Aiken County, Churm has taught at various levels of the Department of Defense Dependent Schools. She is a past recipient of the Robert E. Alexander Administrator of the Year award, given by the Ruth Patrick Science Center at the University of South Carolina at Aiken.

Bill Jenkins, a local school administrator, has served as interim principal at the school since March 20.

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