At a meeting Tuesday, Greenville County Schools approved requests from the community to honor two educators.
The board approved naming Mauldin High School’s auditorium after Pam Mayfield, a chorus teacher at the school for 26 years, who is retiring in June.
The board also approved requests to name Hillcrest High School’s upper courtyard the Stephen A. Chamness Memorial Courtyard. Chamness, who died Jan. 14, was principal of Hillcrest for 11 years until he retired in 2014.
The board received letters of support from faculty, parents, and former students for both name changes.
“When I learned of Mrs. Mayfield’s intention to retire at the end of the 2018-2019 academic school year I was saddened,” alumna Julie Eddy wrote in a letter to the board. “I am excited for her and her family and this new chapter in her life, but I am saddened by the loss Mauldin High School and future students will endure by not having her there every day as a member of the faculty. She is truly a gem and has gone above and beyond that of being a teacher.”
A letter from Hillcrest faculty and staff said, “The reality is that Stephen Chamness was so much more than a principal. He not only served as the instructional leader of our school, but he also made the time to build a community. He taught us about compassion, about generosity, about serving, and about the importance of investing in the lives of others. Stephen Chamness had an impact far beyond the halls and walls of Hillcrest High School.”