South Carolina

Two Midlands school officials win top honors

Calhoun County School District Superintendent Steve Wilson
Calhoun County School District Superintendent Steve Wilson

Two Midlands school officials have received top honors from the S.C. Association of School Administrators.

Calhoun County School District Superintendent Steve Wilson was named superintendent of the year and Lexington-Richland 5 chief instructional officer Christina Melton was named administrator of the year. Both have won previous SCASA awards in other categories.

Wilson, the father of Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson, now will be considered for National Superintendent of the Year. He’s received praise for the progress in Calhoun County schools progress since becoming superintendent in 2010.

He previously was principal at Keenan High School in Columbia, where in 2003 he was named secondary school principal of the year by SCASA. Wilson supervised Keenan’s move in 2007 to its current location on Pisgah Church Road from its old campus off Two Notch Road.

“He is a longtime champion of children and remains a learner at heart by always finding ways to improve education for the children in Calhoun County,” said Elizabeth Phibbs, executive director of SCASA.

Melton adds another award after being named South Carolina’s top elementary principal in 2011. She was lauded then for lifting Nursery Road Elementary near Irmo from the equivalent of a “D” to an “A” on federal report cards.

“Dr. Melton has an extraordinary grasp of curriculum, instruction, and professional development and is recognized as a leader all across our state,” said Stephen Hefner, superintendent of Lexington-Richland 5.

Both winners will each will receive a scholarship to be used to help a student or teacher with professional development or college courses.

Avery G. Wilks: 803-771-8362, @averygwilks