Two District Principals Announce Retirement

News  |  Published March 20, 2024

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Two Kershaw County School District principals announce plans to retire. Jackson School Principal Estelle Benson and Lugoff-Elgin Middle Principal Gene Cameron plan to retire at the end of the 2023-2024 school year.

Estelle Benson joined Kershaw County School District as an educator in 1995. She served as a teacher for 13 years, teaching grades 2-6 at Wateree Elementary and Jackson School. She then transitioned into administrative roles, serving as an assistant principal for four years at Doby’s Mill Elementary and three years at Blaney Elementary. Benson has served for the past nine years as principal, previously at Mt. Pisgah Elementary and Bethune Elementary, before going to Jackson School.

Gene Cameron began his educational career in KCSD as the band director at North Central High School in 1994, where he served for nine years. In 2003, he joined the Richland County School District One staff as the band director at Dreher High. He returned to KCSD in 2008 as the theatre teacher at Stover Middle and Lugoff-Elgin Middle School. In 2010, he served as the band director at LEMS. He joined the Lugoff-Elgin High staff as an assistant principal in 2011, where he spent 7 years until becoming the principal at LEMS in 2018, where he has served for six years.