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Gilbert Middle Principal Benji Ricard to retire

Lexington, SC 04/21/2021 - Today, Lexington County School District One Superintendent Greg Little, Ed.D., announced that Gilbert Middle School's Principal Benjamin D. Ricard, Ed.D., plans to retire effective July 1, 2021.

Of his retirement, Dr. Little says, “Benji Ricard has given 15 years to this district and, more importantly, to Gilbert Middle School. We are thankful for his selfless service to its students and staff, and his commitment to the Gilbert community.”

Ricard, who has 32 years of public education experience, joined Lexington District One in 2006, after serving as assistant principal at E. L. Wright Middle School in Richland School District Two.

He began his public education career as band director at Batesburg-Leesville High School in Lexington County School District 3 in 1989. He was promoted to assistant principal in 2001 at Batesburg-Leesville Primary School. He became assistant principal at E. L. Wright in 2003.

Ricard graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education from Newberry College and holds a Master of Education Administration from the University of South Carolina and a Doctor of Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

He is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Association of Secondary School Principals, and South Carolina Association of School Administrators.

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