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Former B-L High teacher named as school’s new principal


Batesburg-Leesville - Sonya Murrah Bryant, a former English teacher at Batesburg-Leesville High School (1993-1997), has received unanimous approval by the Lexington 3 Board of Trustees to serve as principal of Batesburg-Leesville High School beginning July 1, 2017. Mrs. Bryant was selected from 34 applicants to lead Batesburg-Leesville High after current principal Pat Padgett steps down from this position after 29 years of service on June 30. Mrs. Bryant is currently principal of Laurens District 55 High School, where she serves approximately 1640 students and 179 faculty and staff members. Before becoming principal of LDHS in 2012, she served as assistant principal and director of the CATE program for seven years. Mrs. Bryant holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Clemson University and a BA in Secondary Education with a specialization in English from The University of South Carolina at Aiken. She is also a graduate of Ridge Spring-Monetta High School.

“I am so excited to be coming home to Batesburg-Leesville High School where I began my teaching career,” cited Mrs. Bryant. “It has been a long-time professional dream of mine to lead this fine school. I am honored and humbled to be the next principal of this school. I look forward to building on the strengths that exist at BLHS to ensure we are preparing our students to be competitive in a global, ever-changing world. We as a faculty and staff will partner with our community to do all that we can to provide the best environment for our students. It is the most important work in the world!”

Lexington 3 Superintendent Dr. Randall Gary had these comments on the hiring of Mrs. Bryant. “Batesburg-Leesville High is so fortunate to have Mrs. Bryant serve as its new principal. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise with her and she has such a heart for her students. She will also continue to support the many great things that are already happening at B-L High. By growing up in our community and actually serving as a former teacher at B-L High, she already has “Panther Pride” and will be a great ambassador for her school. Her energy, enthusiasm and ability to work with people will quickly endear her to her new students, parents and the community. We are excited to have Mrs. Bryant return to our school district and we look forward to having her lead Batesburg-Leesville High School.”

Mrs. Bryant and her husband Brad and rising ninth grade son, Walt, will move back into the community this summer and live in her childhood home.

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