Posted: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Greenville County Schools Superintendent W. Burke Royster’s annual evaluation was completed today. As a result of his successful performance, the Board granted a one-year extension to his contract through June 30, 2020, a one percent increase to his annuity, and, if any salary increase is included in the FY 18 General Fund Budget, Royster will receive the same.
The Greenville County Schools Board of Trustees considers six areas in evaluating the Superintendent: 1) demonstrating instructional leadership; 2) hiring, training and retaining quality personnel; 3) advancing a culture of achievement and learning; 4) managing the operations of the District and its resources; 5) communicating and developing community relationships; and 6) modeling professional and ethical behavior.
“We are extremely proud that Dr. Royster was recently identified as one of Education Week’s Leaders to Learn From,” said Board Chair Dr. Crystal Ball O’Connor, “and the Board looks forward to working with him to ensure the District’s continued improvement.”
In April 2012, the Board of Trustees approved the initial three-year contract with Dr. Royster as the tenth superintendent of Greenville County Schools, the State’s largest and the nation’s 44th largest school district with more than 76,000 students. Royster’s current salary is $249,238. The contribution to his annuity will increase from 17 to 18 percent of his salary.
Dr. Royster served as the school system’s deputy superintendent from 2005 until his selection as superintendent in 2012. His 37-year education career began in 1980 as a teacher at Starr-Iva Middle School in Anderson School District Three and he assumed his first principalship in 1990 at Waccamaw High School in the Georgetown County School District. Dr. Royster returned to the upstate in 1994 as principal of Seneca High School in Oconee County and assumed his first district-level position in 1999 as that district’s assistant superintendent for administration and instruction.