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River Bluff High School Principal Named 2018 South Carolina Secondary Principal of the Year

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    April Hattori

The South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) has named Dr. Lucas C. Clamp, Principal of River Bluff High School in Lexington, SC, the 2018 South Carolina Secondary Principal of the Year.

“Dr. Clamp is an exceptional leader who sets high expectations for the students and staff and encourages them to achieve at high levels, ” said Beth Phibbs, Executive Director of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.

“Dr. Clamp’s passion for students is infectious. He works tirelessly on their behalf and is committed to their success,” said Lexington School District One Superintendent, Dr. Greg Little.

Dr. Clamp was selected from outstanding field of administrator candidates by a veteran panel of judges. The criteria used in the selection of this coveted award are set and sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. State sponsors include Horace Mann and Herff Jones.

With 15 years of educational experience, Dr. Clamp began his career as a chemistry and environmental science teacher and assistant football and baseball coach at Irmo High School in 2002. He became the Dean of Studies — Smaller Learning Communities at Irmo High in 2004 where he developed curriculum for incoming freshmen, a Peer Mentoring Program, Peer Tutoring Center and school-wide staff development.

Dr. Clamp joined Lexington County School District One in 2006 as assistant principal at Lexington High School.

He was promoted to principal as the founding leader of River Bluff High School in 2011 and spent the next two years planning innovative high school learning within a Flexible Modular instructional schedule and partnering with EL Education for the learning design. After opening in 2013, River Bluff has seen amazing growth in both student population and achievement.

Dr. Clamp received his bachelor’s degree in science from Clemson University and his master’s degree, educational specialist degree in educational administration and doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Carolina.

He is a graduate of the South Carolina State Department of Education Assistant Principals Program for Leadership Excellence, SC SDE Developing Aspiring Principals Program, has International Baccalaureate Level 1 Certification in Science and Theory of Knowledge, completed South Regional Education Board training in School Culture, and is a Certified ADEPT/SAFE T Evaluator, Certified CPI Responder, SACS CASI Team Evaluator and Team Chair, and an Eagle Scout.

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