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Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017 12:02 AM


LAKES AND BRIDGES CHARTER SCHOOL (LABCS) invites applications and nominations for the position of Founding Principal. The Founding Principal will have the unprecedented opportunity to lead the launch of a unique new public school in South Carolina.
LAKES AND BRIDGES CHARTER SCHOOL has been founded specifically to serve children with dyslexia and related reading challenges. The school will teach an evidence-based curriculum proven to effectively teach children how to read, pulling strongly from the Orton-Gillingham approach. The school’s culture will be based on The Leader in Me to help inspire and motivate children who may have been left behind or were frustrated by previous classroom environments. The school aims to improve children’s academic success so dramatically that it will become an example to schools around the state and country.
The Founding Principal will serve as the project implementation director during the start-up and implementation year (2017-2018). In the fall of 2018, the director position will transition to become the full-time Founding Principal of LABCS. The Founding Principal will be the primary person responsible for developing and leading a successful educational program to meet the school’s mission. We seek a leader who will be committed to LABCS’s mission and vision and who will make LABCS one of the best public schools for teaching children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties.
LAKES AND BRIDGES CHARTER SCHOOL, located in Pickens County, South Carolina, is sponsored by the S.C. Public Charter School District. The school will open in the fall of 2018 initially serving approximately 110 students in grades one through five. The school will build to 300 students in grades kindergarten through eight.

We are looking for a leader who will:
Plan facility needs, school curriculum, assessments, staff training, and more as needed.
Inspire and guide every member of the staff with honest and open communication to carry out the mission of the school.
Lead the school in recruitment and retention of a teaching staff required to provide proper resources for instruction of our students.
Facilitate teacher leadership through professional development, staff/teacher meetings, and instructional planning meetings.
Lead a school culture with a focus that fosters cooperation and collaboration and the values in The Leader in Me.
Establish effective and clear procedures for the operation and functioning of the school consistent with the mission and goals of the school. These include the management of instructional programs, extracurricular activities, proper building maintenance, emergency procedures and discipline systems that ensure a safe and orderly educational climate within the school.
Monitor and analyze student performance data to ensure that LABCS students meet standards, show growth, and are able to close the achievement gap.
Be a strong advocate for dyslexic and other reading-challenged students in the community.
Establish and maintain rapport with the community, students, families, and staff.
Actively raise funds for the school, participate in fundraising events, promote the school in the community, and develop and maintain school/business partnerships.
Recruit students from the community and involve families and community members.
Report to and work with the school’s volunteer Board of Directors.

The successful candidate must demonstrate a history of administrative experience (including program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation, and budgeting) to effectively lead the staff and run the school. Desired qualifications include:
A minimum of a Masters of Education from a regionally accredited body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or related equivalent experience
A minimum 5 years of classroom teaching experience
A minimum 3 years of experience in school administration

Strong candidates will also have:
Experience in or knowledge of school programs such as the Orton-Gillingham approach and The Leader in Me
An understanding of dyslexia and the struggles these students and their families face and be a passionate advocate of educational innovation for these students
Experience as a fundraiser, start-up program leader, nonprofit leader, and/or community advocate

Candidates should submit a professional resume, a cover letter that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the profile above, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references (who will not be contacted without permission).

Email Address:
Phone: 864-722-2161

• Location: Greenville, Pickens County

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