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District Five Announces New Florence Chapel Middle School Principal

Josh Kay graphicSpartanburg District Five Schools is proud to announce that a familiar face will be leading Florence Chapel Middle School, beginning in the 2022-23 school year.  District Five’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the selection of Mr. Josh Kay as Principal of Florence Chapel, effective July 1.  Kay has been part of the District Five family since 2018, when he joined Florence Chapel as Assistant Principal.  “I’m very appreciative of this opportunity,” says Kay.  “I’m just so excited to continue working with the awesome faculty at Florence Chapel, as we build relationships and increase our student engagement.”



Kay’s journey as an educator began as a high school English teacher at Liberty High School in Pickens County.  He went on to teach at Blue Ridge High School in neighboring Greenville County in 2008, where he later became an ADEPT Teacher Leader, helping to evaluate and plan professional development for fellow educators.  He was later selected to serve as an Assistant Principal at Travelers Rest High School, where he served from 2014-2018. 



 “Josh Kay is an outstanding administrator who is passionate about connecting with students, and then using those connections to help them succeed and achieve their greatest potential,” says Superintendent Dr. Randall Gary.  “I’m excited to see how he continues to build upon the high student achievement we have already seen at Florence Chapel.”



Kay earned his Bachelors in English Education from Bob Jones University, and has a Bachelors in Business Administration, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, and Masters of Educational Leadership from Jones International University in Centennial, CO.



He will officially begin as Principal at Florence Chapel effective July 1.  “Florence Chapel is a great place, and I’m looking forward to rebuilding many of the activities and community that students have missed over the last few years, as we’ve struggled through COVID” says Kay.  “I just can’t wait to get started.”