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District promotes Meetze to Gilbert Middle principal

Lexington, SC (05/22/2021) - On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees approved the promotion of Kyle J. Meetze, Ed.D., to principal of Gilbert Middle School. Meetze, who currently serves as dean of character and academic development at Meadow Glen Middle School, replaces Benji Ricard, Ed.D., who retires this year.

In 2004, Meetze began his 17-year-long career as a teacher at Dent Middle School in Columbia, teaching in Richland School District Two for nine years. He served as a lead teacher of a magnet program called TWO Academies. He facilitated parent-teacher-student conferences, developed and implemented professional development, managed the budget, and promoted the program to students and the community.

After joining Lexington District One in 2013 as MGMS dean of character and academic development, Meetze facilitated parent-teacher-student conferences and other student meetings, created schedules, assisted with hiring staff, led professional learning, and conducted classroom observations and teacher evaluations. He handled student discipline and implemented restorative practices aimed at improving student behavior and academic success.

His degrees include a Bachelor of Science in biology, a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Master of Education in educational leadership, and a Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Carolina.

He holds certifications in elementary and secondary principal. A past National Board Certified Teacher, Meetze also has Read to Succeed and gifted and talented endorsements.

A member of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and the Palmetto State Teachers Association, Meetze completed the Lexington District One Aspiring Principals Academy and presented at state and national events on innovative teaching strategies and restorative practices.


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