New Principal at E.B. Morse

A management appointment was approved yesterday by the Laurens County School District 55 Trustees, during a called meeting held by teleconference. District 55 Administration then announced the promotion of Jason Bailey to be the new Principal at E.B. Morse Elementary School. Bailey is to replace Lynn Owings, who resigned to take a position in the Office of Transformation at the State Department of Education. Superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters said, “Mr. Bailey is a hardworking and dedicated educator who understands the importance of relationships and standards of excellence in a school environment. We are confident he will do an outstanding job in leading the staff and students at E.B. Morse.”

Bailey began his career in education as a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Irmo Middle School. A promotion to Assistant Principal came after five (5) years in the classroom. He held that position at Irmo Middle School for three (3) years. Then, Bailey accepted a position with District 55 as Assistant Principal at Sanders Middle School. After four (4) years at Sanders, he was transferred to Hickory Tavern for the 2017-2018 school year. As the Assistant Principal at Hickory Tavern, Bailey gained experience working in an elementary school environment.

Bailey attended the University of South Carolina (USC) after graduating from high school. At USC he obtained a Bachelor’s in History, a Master’s in Teaching, and a second Master’s in Educational Administration. Bailey is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at Clemson University.

Bailey assumes his duties as Principal at E.B. Morse Elementary immediately. Because of his promotion, LCSD 55 will be moving Emily Starling from Ford Elementary into the Assistant Principal position at Hickory Tavern. Emily Parks will assume the role of Assistant Principal at Ford Elementary. Angie Bigham will remain in her position as the Assistant Principal, working with Bailey at E.B. Morse Elementary. Bailey said, “I am grateful to Dr. Peters and the Board of Trustees. I am confident that their faith in me is justified. I am looking forward to working with the staff, students, parents, and community at E.B. Morse. I expect 2018-2019 to be a great year.”