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SCHS’s Warren to succeed Martin

The Screven County School System has found its successor to Becky Martin as principal at the elementary school.
The district will stay within its system as Brett Warren will move in 2014-2015 to head SCES. Warren has served as assistant at the high school for five years and as its principal for the last 10.
The BOE administration recommended Warren for the position Monday evening at the monthly school board meeting. The board approved Warren’s move along with other personnel actions.
“Brett has proven himself as an outstanding leader within our school system,” said Superintendent William Bland. “Since Mrs. Martin’s retirement announcement, finding a candidate as her successor has proven to be a difficult task. She has been an outstanding leader for SCES for many years. Following her in this position will not be easy. However, we are confident that Brett will continue to provide the leadership to meet that challenge and the guidance this school deserves.”
Martin announced her retirement last month. It was approved by the BOE at the April board meeting.
No successor has been named to be the new principal at the high school as of press time. The school year for students ends May 23 with graduation at Kelly Memorial Stadium at 8 p.m.

“Most of Mr. Warren’s career has been at the high school, however, he has a great administrative staff in place at the elementary school that will help him get up to speed quickly in the areas that may present challenges to him,” Bland said. “Mrs. (Vonncina) Kirkland, assistant principal, will truly be an asset for him in the curriculum, instruction, and assessments and Ryan Reddick, assistant principal, will provide assistance in the operations and discipline challenges.
“I have all confidence in Mr. Warren’s ability to lead the Elementary school,” Bland said.
Tuesday afternoon after Warren’s announcement had been made to the staff at the high school and elementary school, Bland sent out an email to the school system.
“During the BOE meeting last night, the board approved a recommendation for the staff reassignment of Brett Warren to serve as Principal of the Screven County Elementary School,” read Bland’s email. “Since Mrs. Martin’s retirement announcement, finding a candidate as her successor has proven to be a difficult task. She has been an outstanding leader for SCES for many years. Following her in this position will not be easy. However, we are confident that Brett will continue to provide the leadership to meet that challenge and the guidance this school deserves.”
“Mr. Warren will be a good fit for SCES,” Martin said. “He has many years experience as a principal and is eager to learn elementary curriculum. He has the leadership skills to guide teachers and also develop relationships with the students. I have enjoyed working with Mr. Warren over the years and feel confident that he will continue the initiatives that SCES teachers have implemented to help our students be successful.”
“Mr. Warren is a man of integrity, a man with a vision for purposeful education who believes in the children of Screven County, a man that cares about family and friends, but most importantly he’s a man of God,” said Todd Wall, an assistant principal at the high school. “In my opinion, it doesn’t get much better than that. I’m thankful he is staying in our system and I know we will still have his support and encouragement. We will miss him.”
Warren said his announcement at the high school was met with dismay.
“Shock. Quit joking. Not funny,” said Warren of the replies and expressions he received.
“I’ve listened to their administrators and their teachers at ball games and various places,” Warren said of conversations he has had with elementary school staff in the community through the years. “They are working just as hard and care about the kids and the school as in any of the other schools.”
Warren there will be a “steep learning curve’ as he transitions to the elementary school.
“I am high school background from teacher to administrator. I am going to have to work the entire summer to be able to open my mouth without inserting my foot and I will still do it,” he said.
“But, people are still people. I don’t know of anyone that wants to do a bad job.  People like to feel appreciated and feel like they are part of something important,” Warren said.
At the moment, Warren said he also will continue to serve as athletic director for Gamecock sports. 
“Next month we plan to bring the coaching lineup to the board for consideration.  We have planned and scheduled most of the summer activities already,” Warren said.
Warren said his 15 years at the high school with 10 years of that time as principal played into his decision. 
“Time for a change,” he said. “I will be up against great challenges. I will have a hard time knowing everyone’s names.
“My middle son graduates from SCHS this year,” Warren said. “I told him a few years ago that I would not consider any other job until he graduated. I have another one in second grade. The high school job is so consuming at all hours all days. I love it, but it can wear you down. I think it is a great opportunity and am excited about it.”