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Dr. Ashley Atkinson is thrilled to join Lexington County School District Three as the new Superintendent in July of 2020.  Dr. Atkinson comes to the Panther Nation from Spartanburg School District Five where he served as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.  Prior to this he worked as an Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction; Director of Accountability, Assessment and Research; Director of Guidance Services; mathematics and chemistry teacher; assistant football coach; wrestling coach and golf coach.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree (Mathematics with minors in Computer Science and Chemistry) from Francis Marion University. He has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Carolina and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.


"We are thrilled to have Dr. Atkinson join the Panther family as our new leader.  We have no doubt that his educational experiences and expertise will propel our great district forward into the next 100 years as we continue to focus on creating college-and-career ready graduates who are ready for everything this world has to offer," said Stacey Derrick, Lexington Three’s Board of Trustees Chairperson.


Dr. Atkinson has been married to his wife, Penny, for 33 years. Penny serves as the Director of Middle Level Instruction in Richland School District Two. Both Ashley and his wife are originally from Pageland, SC. They have two grown daughters, Jordan and Ruth, who both work as teachers.


Dr. Atkinson enjoys spending time with his family, reading, attending USC athletic events, baking, working on cars, attending plays and doing household remodeling projects.




Contact Information:

Dr. Ashley Atkinson, Superintendent

Jennifer Derrick, Administrative Assistant Superintendent’s Office

338 West Columbia Avenue
Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29006
Phone: 803-532-4423
Fax: 803-604-1572
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