District 56 Staff Praised for Extra Effort

Laurens County School District 56 Superintendent David O’Shields had praise last evening for the district administrators, teachers, bus drivers, nutrition personnel and custodians. Dr. O’Shields’ Superintendent’s report heaped praise on what he termed a “team of super-heroes” who undertook tasks without being asked and often times worked without compensation in order to make the opening of school happen for the district’s students.  O’Shields said that he honestly could not have predicted that, given the array of challenges facing the district, the beginning of the 2020/2021 school year would have gone as smoothly as it did.  He expressed gratitude to all district employees and said he was proud to be associated with people of such caliber.

Toward the end of the board meeting, it was Dr. O’Shields’ turn to receive accolades.  The board conducted their annual review of the superintendent’s performance.  Chairman Jim Barton used words like “exemplary” and “outstanding” to describe the performance of Dr. O’Shields just after the board voted unanimously to extend his contract for another year.

Chairman Barton also pointed out that due to the prevailing uncertainty of finances facing the district, the board had voted unanimously to extend the contract with no change in salary.  He stated that when the financial picture came more into focus the board has the option of revisiting the salary package of the superintendent.