Greenville superintendent gets one-year contract extension

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Greenville County Schools Superintendent Dr. W. Burke Royster

Greenville County Schools Superintendent Dr. W. Burke Royster received a one-year contract extension Wednesday.

Royster will get a 1 percent increase to his annuity as well as any employee salary increase included in the school district’s 2017-18 general fund budget. His current salary is $256,717. The district’s contribution to his annuity will increase from 18 percent to 19 percent of his salary.

Royster’s contract now runs through June 30, 2021. Greenville County Schools is the largest school district in the state and 44th largest in the nation with more than 76,000 students.

“The board of trustees is particularly appreciative of Dr. Royster’s excellent collaborative work this year,” Board Chairman Dr. Crystal Ball O’Connor said in a release. “This participation in stakeholder forums and solicitation of broad community feedback throughout the strategic planning process has set the tone and expectation that all voices are valued and considered. Now we can proceed with implementing a plan focused on high expectations and advancing student achievement and engagement in Greenville County Schools.”

Each spring, the superintendent is evaluated in six areas: demonstrating instructional leadership; hiring, training, and retaining quality personnel; advancing a culture of achievement and learning; managing the operations of the district and its resources; communicating and developing community relationships; and modeling professional and ethical behavior.

Royster was named Greenville County Schools Superintendent in April 2012 and was given a three-year contract. He has received a one-year extension each year since. Royster had served as the district’s deputy superintendent since 2005. His signature initiative is Graduation Plus, a framework for Greenville County Schools students to graduate with a high school diploma plus college credit or an industry certification.

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