At its business meeting on May 22, the school board approved a series of administrative changes in Rock Hill Schools that will be effective July 1 at four schools.
Ron Roveri, a veteran educator and former teacher and assistant principal in Rock Hill Schools, will replace Don Gillman as the Director of the Applied Technology Center. For the past year, Roveri has led the Career and Technology Education department at the South Carolina Department of Education. In that post, he has gained a tremendous perspective overseeing 42 career and technology centers across the state. Before moving to the department of education, he spent 12 years as the Director of the Floyd D. Johnson Technology Center in York. His connection to Rock Hill dates to 1992 when he moved from Ohio to be an industrial technology teacher at Rawlinson Road Middle School. While in York, Roveri was named the South Carolina Career and Technology Director of the Year.
Rosewood Elementary School Assistant Principal Damon Ward has been named the new Director of Central Child Development Center. He replaces Sarah Lynn Hayes who will move to a support role in the district’s instructional department until her retirement in November. Ward has extensive experience in early childhood education having taught four and five-year-old kindergarten and first grade at Rosewood and Central Child Development Center. While at Rosewood in 2003, he was named Rock Hill Schools Beginning Teacher of the Year and, later at Central Child Development Center in 2010 he was a runner-up for the district’s teacher of the year title.
Lance Roberts has been named as the new Athletic Director for South Pointe High School. He replaces Mike Drummond who is retiring this year after leading the program since 2006. Roberts has taught and coached at South Pointe since the school opened with ninth and tenth graders in the fall of 2005. During that time, in addition to his role as a South Pointe 101 instructor, Roberts served as the head coach for softball (2005-2008), Assistant 9th Grade Football Coach (2005-2012), and Head 9th Grade Football Coach 2013-2016. Roberts also fulfilled the responsibilities of an assistant athletic director that included working with student eligibility records and serving as the site administrator for various athletic events. Prior to his arrival at South Pointe, Roberts coached football, wrestling, softball and track at Chester High School. He was chosen as a Teacher of the Year while at each school.
Northside Elementary School of the Arts Principal Cassidy Valerino announced to her staff last week that she is stepping down after six years at the school for personal matters. Valerino has worked in Rock Hill since 2000 having been a teacher at Rosewood Elementary, program teacher at Northside, and stints as assistant principal at Northside and Sunset Park Center for Accelerated Studies.