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Former GHS principal a finalist for Abbeville school leader post

  • Friday, April 5, 2013

  • Updated Monday, September 23, 2013 10:55 am

Former Georgetown High School principal Dr. Mike Cafaro — who has worked in the district office since July, 2011 — is one of three finalists for a school superintendent’s position in Abbeville County.
Cafaro, the GHS principal from 2001-2011, said he found out Tuesday he had made the top three list for the job. Because of spring break, information about the other two finalists was not available.
Whoever is chosen for the position will be replacing Ivan Randolph, the district’s superintendent for the past eight years who is retiring at the end of the school year.
Cafaro said the Abbeville School District has about 3,000 students.
He said each of the district’s eight schools has small enrollments.
“It’s the size district I would like to lead,” Cafaro said. “They have a very successful academic program. If I get the job I will be leaving one great school district for another.”
Last year, Cafaro was a finalist for a school superintendent’s position in Barnwell County. He has always said it has always been his goal to be a superintendent.
“I love this area. The people are fabulous. I had a great 10 years at Georgetown High School but since earning my doctorate my goal has been to be a superintendent,” Cafaro said. “That is something I am going to pursue when the situation arises.”
Cafaro said there is not much upward mobility in the Georgetown County School District and he does not foresee the superintendent’s job being available anytime soon.
“Every administrator, in my opinion, should aspire to be a leader. Maybe a school principal or a superintendent,” Cafaro said.
Cafaro and the other finalists will meet the public in Abbeville at a special meeting Monday.

By Scott Harper
sharper@gtowntimes.com

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