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KCSD announces four administrative changes for the 2022-2023 school year

Thursday, June 9, 2022

At its June 7 meeting, the Kershaw County School Board named Dr. Karen Bare-Oldham the new Alternative Education Director; Tarolyn Lee the new Lugoff-Elgin High School (LEHS) assistant principal; Brian Kersey the new Camden High School (CHS) assistant principal; and Kimm Mack the new assistant administrator of Jackson Elementary School (JES).

Dr. Karen Bare-OldhamAs the new Alternative Education Director, Dr. Karen Bare-Oldham will direct the district’s K-12 alternative education program, including overseeing the Continuous Learning Center (CLC) and the KCSD Virtual Academy. Bare-Oldham joins CLC with more than 30 years of experience in education. Before joining the Lugoff Elgin High School staff as an instructional assistant, she served as a teacher and school administrator in West Virginia. She earned a doctorate degree from West Virginia University in educational leadership with a minor in special education and a master’s degree in special education from Marshall University.

Bare-Oldham says, “I am very excited for this next chapter in my professional career. I have been truly blessed with amazing support systems and surrounded by incredible teachers, administrators, community leaders, parents, students, support staff and colleagues. Kershaw County is home, and I am very proud to be a part of such a dynamic, stellar team.”

Tarolyn LeeTarolyn Lee is currently the assistant principal at Camden High School, where she has served since 2018. There she served as the freshman transition specialist, testing coordinator and the virtual environment coordinator. She began her career as an English language arts teacher, joining KCSD in 2013 as a reading interventionist/writing teacher at Stover Middle School. She served as an assistant administrator from 2017-2018. Lee developed and coordinated PEARLS, a mentoring group for girls. She was named Stover’s 2016-2017 Reading Teacher of the Year and Longleaf Middle’s 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Mississippi State University and a Master of Education in school administration degree and an educational specialist degree in educational leadership from Cambridge College. 

“I am excited for the opportunity to transfer to Lugoff High and continue my administrative journey in Kershaw County School District. I look forward to serving the students, staff, parents and community west of the Wateree,” says Lee.

Brian KerseyBrian Kersey joined the Camden High staff as a history teacher 17 years ago. He has served as an interim assistant principal for the past year and a half, where he took the lead in facilities management, assisted with the sophomore class, and managed the distribution of all school surveys. Kersey has also coached football and baseball at Camden High. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history education from Coker College and a master’s in administration from the University of Phoenix.

Kersey says, “I’m excited about continuing in the role of assistant principal, where I have a bigger chance to help out students, staff and the Camden community.”

Kimm MackKimm Mack has been a fifth-grade teacher at Jackson Elementary for the last two years and was named the school’s Teacher of the Year last year. In her 21 years in education, Mack has served as an elementary teacher and curriculum coordinator, and has been named a teacher of the year six times. She received a Bachelor of Education from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Education degree from American International University and an educational specialist degree in educational leadership from Capella University.

Mack says, “I am beyond blessed to work at a school that I love so much. I love working with the students, staff, parents and community with my Jackson family. I feel that all students can learn when given the right support! I look forward to joining the administrative staff to carry out the visions and goals for Jackson to be an amazing place to learn!”

Becky Bean
becky.bean@kcsdschools.net
803-432-8416