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Kelly Coxe named new Superintendent of York School District One, effective January 2019

At its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, September 11, the York School District One Board of Trustees unanimously voted to appoint Ms. Kelly Coxe as the district’s next superintendent. Ms. Coxe currently serves as the district’s director of elementary education and will continue in that role until assuming her new duties as district superintendent beginning second semester. For the remainder of first semester, Ms. Coxe will work under the counsel of Dr. Tom Faulkenberry, interim superintendent, until January 2019.

“Ms. Coxe emerged as a clear leader through our research and interviews,” said Ms. Betty Johnson, chair of the York School District One Board of Trustees. “Ms. Coxe is knowledgeable about our district, and her expertise in instructional strategies and her understanding of K-12 curriculum was one of the determining factors in the Board’s decision to make this appointment. She presented us with intriguing, well-conceived ideas to address the needs of our district and students. Her strength as a collaborative leader focused on building relationships is one of the many talents she possesses. The Board believes Ms. Coxe will be a visionary leader who will continue moving the district forward in areas that need attention, raising the bar for student achievement, and successfully preparing students for their futures. Moreover, she has the experience, attitude, and leadership abilities to work well with all communities and create a cohesive culture of excellence in our district.”

Ms. Coxe previously served as principal of Harold C. Johnson Elementary School in York. Prior to her tenure in York One, she served as director of human resources in the McCormick School District in South Carolina. She also served McCormick as the district instructional coach and as a middle grade mathematics teacher.

Ms. Coxe attended Anderson College receiving an associate degree in elementary education and the University of South Carolina receiving her bachelor degree in interdisciplinary studies. She earned her Master of Arts from Furman University and has done additional study toward a doctorate degree in educational leadership at Clemson University.

Ms. Coxe is married to Charlie Coxe, and they have seven children. Their youngest son is a junior at York Comprehensive High School.

As the new superintendent of York School District One, Coxe will be in charge of nine (9) schools and one (1) career center with approximately 5,200 students and an estimated annual operating budget of $46.6 million.