King takes the reigns at Pickens Middle School

By: Staff report

PICKENS — Pickens Middle School assistant principal James King has been named as the next principal of the school beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

“James has spent his whole career in the School District of Pickens County, and it’s been a pleasure to watch him grow as an educator and as a leader,” said Dr. Danny Merck, SDPC superintendent. “He’s familiar with Pickens Middle School and with the school community and I can’t wait to see how the school is going to flourish under his leadership.”

King is in his second stint as an assistant principal at Pickens Middle. He was an assistant principal there from 2013-2015, and played a key role in helping the school transition to its current building. From 2015-2017, he was an assistant principal at R.C. Edwards Middle School, before returning to Pickens at the start of this school year.

He began his career as a teacher at R.C. Edwards Middle School in 1999 where he taught Law Education and 8th grade science. He was also named the R.C. Edwards Teacher of the Year in 2005.

He holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from College of Charleston, an M.E. in in Administration and Supervision from Clemson University, and an Ed. S. in Leadership and Supervision from Gardner Webb University.

“Pickens Middle School is a special place, and I am indeed honored to have the opportunity to lead there,” King said. “I look forward to working with the students, faculty, staff, and community as we strive to make Pickens Middle the best it can be.”

King currently lives in Central with his wife Darla, and their three children Emma, Noah and Addison.

King will succeed Reggia Stapleton as principal, who has announced her plans to retire at the end of the year.

King Courtesy photo

Staff report