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All three districts in Orangeburg County are in the market for new high school principals for the upcoming school year.

Lake Marion High School and Technology Center Principal Rose Pelzer and Edisto High School Principal Dr. Shannon Gibson announced their resignations this week.

Last week, Dr. Stephen Peters resigned as principal of Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.

All three principals will continue to serve until July 1.

Pelzer is resigning in order to take a new position.

“At his time, I’ve got an opportunity to move to Lower Richland High School, a AAA institution in Richland One, a high school which is in a very progressive area,” she said. “At this time in my career, I want to take that opportunity and have that experience.”

Pelzer said she feels Lake Marion has shown academic progress during her tenure. She was also involved in combining two high schools into Lake Marion High School and Technology Center.

“I’ve been in this district since 2004,” she said. “I had the privilege of working as supervising principal when the schools were Elloree High School and Holly Hill Roberts High School and to move them into this facility.

“To serve the families and children here has been a most rewarding experience for me. I think we’ve made a lot of gains.”

Pelzer said Orangeburg Consolidated School District 3 is still home and she’s not deserting it.

“Even though I’m moving to another institution, I will still be heavily involved in whatever manner they need me here,” Pelzer said. “I feel like, even if I’m not principal, I can have a positive role in other avenues to help the district and I plan to do that.”

OCSD3 Superintendent Dr. Jesulon Gibbs Brown said the district is in the process of looking for a new principal to replace Pelzer.

Gibson said he appreciates “the opportunity Dr. Newman and the Board of Trustees afforded me in this task. I am resigning for personal reasons, and my family and I will relocate to our home in the upper state.”

Gibson took over as principal of Edisto in July 2015 after the retirement of Dr. David Damm. He came to Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 from High Point Academy, a public charter school in Spartanburg where he spent a year as principal.

Superintendent Dr. Tim Newman says the district is actively searching for applicants for the vacancy, and plans to fill it by July 1.

Peters was named superintendent of Laurens School District 55.

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