Upstate superintendent announces retirement after 21 years


Darryl Owings (Source: Spartanburg School District 6)

Spartanburg County, South Carolina (WSPA) – The Spartanburg County School District has announced the retirement of its superintendent of schools after more than 20 years.

Dr. Darryl Ownings has announced his retirement after serving 21 years as superintendent, 31 years in the district, and 36 years in public education, according to the Spartanburg 6th School District.

Dr. Owings expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to serve in Spartanburg District 6. He said, “I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support and dedication I have seen over the years…I am truly honored to have taken on this role and am proud of what we have achieved together…”

The school district said safety was always a top priority during Owings’ tenure as superintendent. School District 6 was one of the first schools in the nation to install school resource officers, armed guards and a weapons detection system across the school district.

Dr. Owings’ final day as superintendent will be July 1.

The Board voted to appoint Ken Kaiser as Acting Superintendent effective July 1. Kaiser is currently the Vice Superintendent of District 6.

The School District 6 Board of Trustees is developing a solid transition plan for the 2023-2024 school year.

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