Dr. J.R. Green named Super of Year

COLUMBIA – Fairfield County School District Superintendent, Dr. J.R. Green, has been named the 2021 South Carolina Superintendent of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA).

“I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Green as a school board member and as a parent,” said Fairfield County School Board Chair William Frick. “Dr. Green talked about having a ‘culture change’ in the Fairfield County School District…Our students graduate with two years of college as they graduate from high school, overall test scores are improving, and financially we are operating with a balanced budget.” Mr. Frick continued, “While he did not accomplish any of these things on his own, none of it would have happened without Dr. J.R. Green and a culture change.”

Dr. Green is an active member of the SCASA Superintendents’ Affiliate, and he currently serves as a member of the South Carolina State Board of Education. His school district is home to 2,600 students; in which nearly 90% of the students qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

Elizabeth “Beth” A. Phibbs, Executive Director of SCASA, states, “Dr. Green has been and continues to be a stabilizing force in the Fairfield County School District. Under his leadership, the district has expanded and strengthened programs and opportunities for their students. By working closely with the community, he has established partnerships which directly benefit the students of Fairfield County, and we are delighted to honor him as the 2021 South Carolina Superintendent of the Year.”

Finalists for the award included Dr. William “Bill” James, Lexington School District Two and Dr. Neil Vincent, Florence School District Two. Candidates participated in an application and interview process conducted by a team of South Carolina business, education, and community leaders.