York Middle to have ‘transitional’ principal

jbecknell@enquirerherald.comJune 11, 2014 

— A Clover school assistant principal has been named as a transitional principal for York Middle School.

Rodney Ruth, assistant principal at Clover’s Oakridge Middle School in Lake Wylie, was named last week as transitional principal for York Middle School beginning July 1. The York school board approved his appointment.

In July 2015, after serving in the transitional role for a year, Ruth will replace York Middle Principal Howard Snelling, who is retiring at the end of the 2014-15 school year.

York Superintendent Vernon Prosser said the transitional role will give Ruth time to learn the community, the students and to help maintain the momentum of what Prosser called a high-achieving school.

Prosser said Ruth will serve in a position budgeted for an assistant principal during the coming school year as he learns his new role.

Prosser said that because Snelling gave a full year’s notice of his plans to retire, “we wanted to go ahead and make plans for a transition.”

“We’ve got an opportunity here because we’ve really had a lot of gains in achievement at the middle school,” Prosser said. “We want to make sure we maintain the momentum.”

Ruth said he has 13 years’ experience in education, most of that in Florence County. He has worked at Oakridge for the past two years.

Ruth told the York school board his approach will include “lots of energy, lots of innovation. … Everything that’s processed will be with the student in mind at the forefront.”

Ruth earned an undergraduate degree in political science at Francis Marion University in Florence and a master’s degree in educational administration at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

He taught social studies at Lake City High School, where he coached tennis and wrestling, served as assistant principal at Southside Middle School and worked for a year as principal of Moore Intermediate School.

Jennifer Becknell •  803-329-4077

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