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School District Five announces new principal of Chapin Elementary School

CHAPIN – Veteran administrator Jesse Hutchinson has been named the new principal of Chapin Elementary School. Hutchinson has been the principal of CrossRoads Intermediate School in Lexington-Richland School District Five since 2008.

“After nearly 20 years serving CrossRoads, first as an assistant principal and then as principal for ten years, I’m looking forward to a new challenge,” Hutchinson said. “Serving as principal of an elementary school presents a unique opportunity to work with students and parents as they prepare for their future in the intermediate and secondary learning environment. I am grateful for the opportunity, and I look forward to continuing the successes of students, staff and teachers at Chapin Elementary.”

Hutchinson has been a professional educator for nearly 25 years, serving as a teacher at both Busbee Middle and Newberry Middle before becoming an assistant principal for instruction at CrossRoads in 2000. He has earned several awards and has been a presenter at numerous state and national conferences, including the Magnet Schools of America National Conference and the South Carolina Middle School Association Conference.

Hutchinson earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education social science from Clemson University and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of South Carolina. He holds many certifications and endorsements and is a member of several associations, including the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and South Carolina Association of School Administrators.

“We are excited that Mr. Hutchinson has accepted this new role and opportunity,” said School District Five Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton. “Through his visionary approach to nurturing school environments and supporting students, he’s seen a lot of success at CrossRoads. We are confident that success will continue at Chapin Elementary under his leadership.”

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