The Mission of the Superintendent’s Office is to provide leadership in all phases of school operation and to coordinate and supervise, under the policies of the Board, the creation and operation of an environment in which programs and activities are "Student-Centered" and one in which students learn most effectively.
Dear Spartanburg District One Students, Parents, Families, and Communities:
I want to personally welcome you back to the 2016-2017 school year! I hope that your summer was filled with memorable opportunities. Within each district building, we are busily preparing for the first day of school - Monday, August 15th.
We make a difference with compassionate care about each student, fostering a safe environment where children can flourish. We have an outstanding team of educators who sincerely care about the well-being of all students. We encourage students to demonstrate the best of themselves everyday and to make positive contributions in each of their endeavors.
It is an exciting time to be involved in preparing learners for their future. The significance of education becomes more apparent each year. As we prepare for a global society, the goal to prepare students for their futures as literate universal citizens becomes ever more critical to the success of our democracy, our families, and our students. As an organization, we must continue to learn ways to improve student learning, our systems and processes so that we can best serve our students.
As an educational leader, I believe our mission and vision assist us with the challenge of focusing on high academic achievement for all students while preparing them to become productive and responsible citizens. My commitment to you is the continued expansion of opportunities for our students to be college and career ready - whether through the addition of academic arts courses in dance, theatre, art, and music or through additional courses in Advanced Placement such as American Government or a Dual Credit course in Solar Astronomy.
For the first time, all eighth grade students will be earning their required Carnegie unit of Computer Science through our franchise partnership with VirtualSC, the online division of the South Carolina State Department of Education. By completing this requirement early in their school career, students will now be able to take additional elective or academic credit classes when they enter high school. These credits will also become part of the Diploma of Distinction endorsement which will become available to the graduating class of 2020. Each school counselor will be sharing more information about this program with your child this year.
In our quest for excellence, we pave the way for students by providing appropriate, learning environments where students, faculty, and staff strive to become their best in all aspects of the school. We are shaping the future of all students and it is our responsibility to help all students to be challenged to do their very best each day. I appreciate and recognize that it is the hard work and it is the dedication of every Spartanburg One constituent that makes our school district a top-performing school system.
Thank you for your support of our students and district personnel each year. One of the biggest factors in the overall success of students and our district will always be our ability to work in partnership with parents and the school community. The continued support of our school board, community, teachers, and families allows us to provide a truly exceptional learning environment. I am honored to serve as Superintendent of Spartanburg School District One. You can expect me to lead ethically and with integrity. I look forward to an exciting 2016-2017 school year. Please let me know if I can assist you or your family in any way.
Ronald W. Garner, Ed.D.