Directory of School Board Trustees

  • School board members serve terms of four years and are elected from single member districts. You may write, call, or fax your elected representatives at the addresses and numbers listed below.

Dr. James P. Smith, Chairman

  • Dr. James P. Smith, Chairman Contact Information:
    PO Box 1345
    Camden, SC 29020
    803-432-8444 (h)
    803-513-0999 (c)

    Seat 5, Term: Jan. 2017 - Dec. 2020

    Dr. Smith has a desire to see that ALL children succeed.  Serving on the school board expands his opportunity to be involved in that firsthand.  As a husband, father, and pastor, he values the importance of the family, faith, and community support systems that help undergird children and their parents. Attending Kershaw County schools himself and graduating from North Central High School, Dr. Smith experienced how schools play a vital role in strengthening families.  This became his life’s goal and he continues to pursue it in leading his congregation at St. Paul United Methodist Church in the Knights Hill community.   Dr. Smith is a graduate of Coker College with a degree in Sociology.  He also earned a Master of Divinity from Erskine Theological Seminary.  He later earned a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary focusing his work on “Forgiveness and Reconciliation That Leads to Healing and Wholeness.”

Mrs. Shirley Halley, Vice-Chairman

  • Mrs. Shirley Halley, Vice-Chairman Contact Information:
    282 Precipice Road
    Camden, SC 29020
    803-432-1837 (h)

    Seat 4, Term: Jan. 2011 - Dec. 2022

    I graduated from Claflin University and I received my M.Ed. from SC State University.  I received 30 hours beyond my Masters from USC in Columbia.  I have two children and three grandchildren. I am serving on the School Board to be an advocate for all the children and citizens of Kershaw County. Teaching and serving have always been my passion.

Mr. L. Derrick Proctor, Chaplain

  • Mr. L. Derrick Proctor, Chaplain Contact Information:
    1116 Longtown Road
    Lugoff, SC 29078
    803-438-4518 (h)
    803-427-4869 (c)

    Seat 3, Term: Sep. 2012 - Dec. 2020

    I am a Gas Trainer with SCE&G (soon to be Dominion), where I have worked for 30 years.  I attended Lugoff Schools for all 12 years.  I have been married to Rhoda for 34 years and we have three children, two daughters-in-law, and 2 granddaughters.  I decided to serve on the school board to give back to our schools and community which has given so many opportunities to me and my family.

Mr. Ron Blackmon

  • Mr. Ron Blackmon Contact Information:
    2824 Kershaw Highway
    Westville, SC 29175
    803-713-0837 (h)
    803-427-1711 (c)

    Seat 9, Term: Jan. 2013 - Dec. 2020

    Coach Ron Blackmon is a retired, certified educator/coach who spent his entire educational career working in South Carolina public schools. He earned his BA and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University; and was the founder of the South Carolina Strength Coaches Association, and the first inductee into the SCSCA Hall of Fame. His dedication to all students, including special needs students, and his community were influential factors in his desire to serve on the Kershaw County School Board.

Dr. Donald Copley

  • Dr. Donald Copley Contact Information:
    609 Old Mill Lane
    Camden, SC 29020

    Seat 8, Term: Sep. 2016 - Dec. 2022

Mrs. Kim H. DuRant

  • Mrs. Kim H. DuRant Contact Information:
    4770 Bethune Road
    Kershaw, SC 29067
    803-475-5561 (h)
    803-475-3118 (f)

    Seat 6, Term: Jan. 2003 - Dec. 2022

    I am a flight attendant with American Airlines.  I am a North Central High School graduate and a Newberry College graduate with a degree in History.  I am married to Mike DuRant, who is a pilot with American Airlines, and we have two daughters: Abigail is a sophomore at Wingate University, Sarah Grace is a senior at North Central High School.  I am honored to serve on the Kershaw County School Board because I truly have a passion for all children in Kershaw County. I am blessed to represent the community that I grew up in and have a voice in helping our students to be the best they can be now and in the future!

Mr. Matt Irick

  • Mr. Matt Irick Contact Information:
    1603 Mill Street
    Camden, SC 29020
    803-432-1424 (w)
    803-432-1831 (f)

    Seat 7, Term: Jan. 2009 - Dec. 2020

    I am a CPA in Camden at Sheheen, Hancock & Godwin, LLP.  I attended Kershaw County Schools, graduated from Camden High School and then from Winthrop University.  I have two daughters, Abby (17)  and Avery (13).  I chose to serve on the School Board because I love my community and wanted to continue to give back after having served on numerous boards of local non-profits.

Mr. Todd McDonald

  • Mr. Todd McDonald General Information:
    44 Kin Loch Road
    Lugoff, SC 29078
    803-463-7901 (c)

    Seat 1, Term: Jan. 2017 - Dec. 2020

    Todd McDonald is a Senior Mortgage Lender with Movement Mortgage.  Todd grew up in Kershaw County, Graduated from Camden high school in 1988 and then attended and graduated from The Citadel in 1992.  Todd is married to Regina McDonald and has 3 children Evan, Caleb, and Alyssa.  All have attended public school in Lugoff, SC. Todd ran for School Board in order to make a difference for the students and ensure the highest level of education and safety for our next generation.


Mr. Mark Sury

  • Mr. Mark Sury General Information:
    2003 Goff Lane
    Elgin, SC 29045
    803-438-5865 (h)
    803-272-5460 (c)

    Seat 2, Term: Jan. 2015 - Dec. 2022

    Mark is an IT Manager with Owen Steel. A 10 year veteran of Air Force and Air Force Reserve, he received his A.S degree in Electronic Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. A bachelor's degree in Information Systems Technology From DeVRY, and a Master of Arts in Business from Webster University.

    Mark and his wife Carol have lived in Elgin, SC since May of 1996. Their two children, Jessica and Mark, are alumni of Lugoff - Elgin High School. Jessica earned her Associates Degree from CCTC. She is married to Zach Moore. They have one daughter, Everleigh. Mark is a student at Grand Canyon University in the Premed program.

    Mark's desire to serve on the school board grew from his many years of serving on multiple School Improvements Councils as his children grew up. "I was fortunate to develop positive relationships with many parents, teachers, and administrators over the years serving on the SIC's. Those positive relationships were the catalyst for me to give back to my community by serving on the school board."