CLOVER, S.C. – Following the announcement of longtime Clover School District administrator Pam Cato’s retirement, Superintendent Dr. Marc Sosne has announced plans for her succession, which will create a Principal opening at Larne Elementary Schools.
Mrs. Cato has been a valuable member of the Clover School District for the past 42 years. A native of Clover and a graduate of Clover High School, Cato began her career teaching first grade at Kinard Elementary before being promoted to assistant principal in 1987. She served as principal in the district at Bethany and Griggs Road Elementary.
In 2010 Cato was elevated to a role in the district office, guiding the district’s elementary curriculum and instruction. Now serving as the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education and Instructional Services, Cato has been a mentor to many Clover School District employees.
Taking over Elementary Education and Instructional Services for the departing Cato will be Dr. Millicent Dickey who currently serves as the Executive Director of Human Resources for Clover School District. Dr. Dickey began her career with the district as a first grade teacher at Griggs Road Elementary.
Dr. Dickey stepped away from the district in 2000 to accept her first assistant principal role at Ida Rankin Elementary in Mount Holly, but returned a year later to step into the same position at Crowders Creek. Dr. Dickey was named principal of Crowders Creek in 2006, a title she would keep until 2013 when she became the Director of Teacher Quality.
Tony Hemingway will succeed Dr. Dickey as the Executive Director of Human Resources. Hemingway has been the principal at Larne Elementary since 2013. He began his career in education in 1996 and joined Clover School District in 1999. Hemingway accepted his first assistant principal appointment in July of 2006 at Kinard Elementary.
With Hemingway vacating the principal position at Larne Elementary, Clover School District will begin its search for his replacement beginning Tuesday, February 28th.
QUOTES REGARDING CATO’S RETIREMENT:
Lori Maczko – Principal, Oakridge Elementary:
“Mrs. Cato has been instrumental in my career as an administrator. She has always been supportive and positive and focuses on the needs of our students in Clover School District and what is best for them. I think I speak for everyone that has ever worked for or with Mrs. Cato when I say we will all miss her very much and wish her the very best future as she begins the next chapter in her retirement. “
Kenda Cook – Principal, Griggs Road Elementary:
“Mrs. Cato always put the students and staff of our district first and was one of the hardest workers that I have ever worked with. Mrs. Cato loved Clover School District and will be truly missed.”
Kathy Weathers – Principal, Kinard Elementary:
“For the 16 years that I have been with Clover School District, Mrs. Pam Cato has been the “go to” administrator. She certainly is Clover’s number one cheerleader - always there to lend a helping hand, listening ear and just good advice on all things school related. I have admired her experienced, positive approach to school matters, and have appreciated her never losing the personal touch it takes so many times in getting people together to get the job done. It has been a true pleasure and opportunity of being able to work alongside Mrs. Cato and to experience her enthusiasm for education in Clover.”