Article: Spartanburg School District Three Superintendent Kenny Blackwood Announces Retirement

Spartanburg School District Three Superintendent Kenny Blackwood Announces Retirement

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After approval of his notification from the Spartanburg School District Three Board of Trustees, Superintendent Kenny Blackwood announced his retirement at the September District Three Board Meeting, for the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

In July 2015, Mr. Blackwood began his work as the superintendent for Spartanburg School District Three. A well-known teacher and principal in the district, Mr. Blackwood had been serving as Director of Daniel Morgan Technology Center and Supervisory Principal of both Pacolet Elementary School and Middle School of Pacolet prior to this position. He also taught students in classes ranging from third through ninth grades and was a coach for several different sports. At the end of this school year, Mr. Blackwood will have spent eight years as superintendent and 34 years as an educator.

"I could not be prouder of our district, students, or teachers," Mr. Blackwood said. "Our D3 family has risen above any challenges that have come their way over the years and proven that we truly are all in for every child, every day, whatever it takes."

During these past seven years, Mr. Blackwood has overseen drastic changes to the district, including a pilot 3K program, implementing one-to-one technology for all students and school resource officers in every school, teacher and staff pay increases, the highest graduation rate in District Three history, additional middle school electives and high school credit-bearing courses, and the passage of a $29.5 million referendum that allowed the district to renovate each of its schools and transition an elementary school into a newly renovated middle school.

"While we are thrilled Mr. Blackwood will be able to spend more time with his family, District Three will greatly miss his unwavering leadership and work ethic," Board Chairman Chris Jolley said. "We cannot thank him enough for his years as a leader, an educator, and pillar to so many in our community. I know each of my fellow board members will work tirelessly to ensure a smooth leadership transition in the months ahead."

The District Three Board of Trustees will begin planning the process for Mr. Blackwood's replacement.  

Mr. Blackwood is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Dolly, who kindly gave her unwavering support through the years, and his children, grandchildren, and friends.