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Rock Hill School Board Announces New Superintendent

ROCK HILL — The Rock Hill Schools Board of Trustees met and announced Dr. Tommy Schmolze as the district’s next superintendent on Saturday evening.

The Rock Hill Board of Trustees received broad interest from many very qualified candidates from a variety of states and backgrounds for the position of Rock Hill Schools Superintendent.

“The Board is very excited about tonight’s decision, and we are all in agreement that Dr. Schmolze is the perfect fit for our community and our students,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Helena Miller. “He is coming home to the district that he first started at, and we know that our district will be in excellent hands under his leadership. His commitment to the Rock Hill community and vision for our future is what impressed the Board during the interview process.”

Dr. Tommy Schmolze currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Administration and Student Services at Fort Mill School District. His career includes working as a principal at both middle and high school levels, high school English teacher and coach. He earned his BS in Education from Clemson University, his MA in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Winthrop University, and his Doctor of Education degree from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Schmolze has been an active part of the Rock Hill community for the past 29 years.

Interim Superintendent Dr. John Jones will return to his position as Chief Academic and Accountability Officer.

“The Board is very grateful for the service of interim superintendent Dr. John Jones,” Miller said. “And we look forward to Dr. Schmolze and him working together on a smooth transition for our staff and district during January. Dr. Jones continues to be a cherished employee — collectively the Board wants to say thank you to all the candidates who sought this position.”