Dorchester District 4 is hiring its next superintendent from within.

Morris Ravenell, currently principal at Clay Hill Elementary School, was selected by the board after a search that included a community meeting with three finalists last week.

He has 15 years of experience as an educator, including 12 years as a principal. He has spent the majority of his career in Dorchester District 4.

The school board said in a statement it "believes that Dr. Ravenell's educational background, experience in educational leadership, and understanding of the needs of our children uniquely positions him to serve as an effective superintendent for the District."

Ravenell will assume his duties on July 1.

He succeeds Jerry Montjoy, who announced in January that he planned to retire on June 30. Montjoy has served as head of the district since 2006.

There were 20 applicants for the job, according to the district. Other finalists for the position were William Dixon, assistant superintendent for Colleton County School District, and Gerald Wright, an interim associate superintendent for Orangeburg County Consolidated School District Three.

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