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2020-21 KMMPM Leadership

At a regularly scheduled board meeting Tuesday, August 11, 2020, Superintendent Dr. Baron R. Davis recommended and the Richland Two Board of Trustees approved the selection of Dr. Richard Griffin as principal of Kelly Mill Med Pro Middle School and Mark Sims as principal of Richland Northeast High School. The principals will begin transitioning to their new positions immediately and officially assume leadership October 1, 2020.

We would like to welcome Dr. Griffin to our Kelly Mill Panther family and thank Mr. Sims for his premier leadership as he becomes a Richland Northeast Cavalier! We are looking forward to a great 2020-21 school year.


Dr. Richard Griffin, a Columbia native, is currently the director of Exceptional Children and Federal Programs with Avery County Schools in North Carolina. An educator for more than 25 years, he has experience as an administrator and teacher in K-12 education. He has worked 11 years as a high school principal, nine years as a high school English Language teacher and five years as an assistant principal. Dr. Griffin believes in providing students with authentic, real-world problem-solving skills that prepare them to be knowledgeable, healthy citizens. He also believes in equipping students with critical thinking, responsibility, adaptability, and global awareness and collaboration skills.

“What excites me the most about being the principal of Kelly Mill is the opportunity to lead a Premier School of Excellence by providing equitable access to student-centered learning environments. I believe in personalized learning designed around the unique individual needs, interests, strengths and readiness of all students,” said Griffin.

Dr. Griffin holds a Doctor of Education in educational administration with a focus in K-12 school leadership from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He also earned a Master of Arts in educational leadership and Bachelor of Arts in English language and literature with emphasis in secondary education from the University of South Carolina. He and his wife, Amy, have two children, Braxton a rising junior and Emma a rising freshman.


Mark Sims is transitioning to Richland Northeast High School after beginning his seventh year as principal of Kelly Mill Med Pro Middle School. He joined Richland Two in 2005 as an assistant principal at Pontiac Elementary School and served as assistant principal and athletic director at Dent Middle School. Sims began his 24-year career in education as an early childhood teacher and taught eighth–grade English and ninth grade summer academies before moving into administrative roles.

Sims is eager to lead at the high school level. "I am honored and elated to have an opportunity to serve, learn, and lead with an amazing learning community. Richland Northeast is steeped in a rich tradition that exudes a high standard of excellence in all endeavors. I am thankful to embark upon the most meaningful journey of educating young people with the RNE Family. It's an exciting time to sustain as well as increase our impact and influence by preparing all RNE students for success. #RNE...WE Believe and Achieve!

Under his leadership: Kelly Mill received a multi-million dollar federal grant to implement a STEAMM curriculum; Kelly Mill INC. was named a Magnet School of Excellence and a National Demonstration Magnet School by Magnet Schools of America; Kelly Mill was named a S.C. Palmetto’s Finest Finalist and earned revalidation twice as an AVID National Demonstration School from the AVID Center.

Sims earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Clemson University, and a Master of Education Administration and an education s pecialist degree in K–12 administration from Cambridge College in Massachusetts. He and his wife, Courtney, are the proud parents of Courtney, Jasmine, and Peyton.

SOURCE: Richland School District Two District Office