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Lexington Three names new principal and athletic director

May 22, 2018

Batesburg-Leesville, SC - The Lexington County School District Three Board of Trustees recently named Gary Adams as the new Athletic Director of B-L High School and Matt Velasquez as the new Principal of B-L Elementary School. Coach Adams will assume his new role in July after Gary Phillips retires following 53 years of dedicated service to the district. Mr. Velasquez will also move into his principalship on July 1st when current B-L Elementary School Principal Jaime Hembree transitions to the District Office to serve as the new Director of Special Services.


Gary R. Adams is a graduate of B-L High School and Liberty University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Coach Adams has worked in Lexington Three for the past 12 years, serving in various athletic department positions including Assistant Football Coach, Head Track Coach, Defensive Football Coordinator and, most recently, Head Football Coach. Coach Adams and his wife, April, have three children--Taleah, Chanelle and Javonte. When he’s not helping Panther athletes be their best, Coach Adams enjoys fishing and vacationing with his family. He says the things he loves most about Lexington Three include working with the great students and having the tremendous support of the B-L community.


Matt N. Velasquez is also a product of Lexington School District Three, having graduated from B-L High School in 2000. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from USC Aiken and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from the University of South Carolina. Currently, Mr. Velasquez serves as the Assistant Principal of B-L Elementary School. Prior to starting his career in Lexington Three, Mr. Velasquez also worked in Sumter at Crosswell Drive Elementary School as the Assistant Principal. Mr. Velasquez and his wife, Carla, have three children--Skylar, Brady and Isabella. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, listening to music and watching Gamecock sports. Mr. Velasquez says he loves working in Lexington Three because of its hometown feel and because the district always puts its students first.




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