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Aiken High principal takes on new role in Edgefield County

Aiken High principal takes on new role in Edgefield County


The former principal of Aiken High School is taking on a new role with the Edgefield County School District.

Dr. Jason Holt is now serving as the Edgefield County School District director of administration, according to a news release.

Holt has over 18 years of experience in education as well as a handful of degrees. He earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education from USC Aiken. He has a master's degree in educational administration from the University of South Carolina. He went on to attend Augusta University to obtain a doctorate in educational innovation after receiving his educational specialist degree in educational leadership at Georgia Regents University.

He has served in multiple levels of education.

Prior to his three-year role as principal at Aiken High School, Holt served as principal at Jackson STEM Middle School for four years and at Paul Knox Middle School for two. He is currently teaching part-time at Augusta University as an instructor for restorative justice and educational change.

"Holt has received multiple honors and recognitions," according to a news release from the Edgefield school district.

According to the release, Holt has received two Making Middle Grades Work Implementations awards from the Southern Regional Education Board and received the Robert E. Alexander STEM Principal of the Year in 2016.

Holt's other honors include being named district-wide Principal of the Year for Aiken County in 2020, receiving the Inez Tenenbaum Award from South Carolina Department of Education, being named the USC Aiken Alumni of the Year and receiving the Outstanding Researcher Award from Augusta University.

In 2019, he was chosen as one of the Aiken Standard's Young Professional 2 Follow.

Dr. Kevin O'Gorman, ECSD superintendent of schools, said he is pleased to welcome "greatly experienced and dedicated leaders to Edgefield County."