During the May 21, 2019 meeting of the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, the board promoted Janet B. Ricard to the position of principal of Red Bank Elementary School effective July 1, 2019. Ricard replaces Marie Watson, who retires at the end of this year.
Superintendent Greg Little, ED.D., said, “Mrs. Ricard’s unique experience as a first-grade teacher and her experience as an assistant principal at Saxe Gotha Elementary and Pelion Elementary schools make her a great fit for Red Bank Elementary. In fact, she was the winner of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators 2017 Elementary School Assistant Principal of the Year award. An experienced instructional
leader, her knowledge and experiences will enable RBES to build off their foundation of success.”
With 21 years of educational experience, Ricard currently serves as assistant principal at Pelion Elementary School. As an instructional leader, she leads curriculum, instruction and discipline for 4K through Grade 5, facilitates district and state assessments, coaches teachers in the use of Zones of Regulation, and facilitates School Improvement Council and Title I Board meetings.
Ricard began her career as a first grade teacher at Batesburg-Leesville Primary School in Lexington County School District 3. Before moving to PES for the 2018–2019 school year, she served as assistant principal at Saxe Gotha Elementary for 7 years.
Ricard was the winner of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators 2017 Elementary School Assistant Principal of the Year award and the 2018 South Carolina Alpha Delta Kappa Excellence in Education award.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a management concentration from the University of South Carolina Aiken and a Master of Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
Ricard holds certifications in elementary education, elementary supervision (principal), and highly qualified early childhood and elementary education, as well as a gifted and talented endorsement.
She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa and the Phi Chapter, corresponding secretary for the South Carolina Alpha Delta Kappa Teachers Sorority, and a member of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.