BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County School District is introducing their first ever female superintendent.
Brenda Blackburn officially starts Nov. 1, and leading up to that, Blackburn says she is doing a lot of research and meeting with leaders in the district and community.
Blackburn says her top goal is increasing student achievement. She believes one of her biggest challenges will be growth.
She says as more people move to this area, the district is growing by 1,000 students per year.
Daniel Island is one area in the district that's in the process of getting new schools.
Blackburn says she has experience working in school districts going through big growth and knows how to make that transition smooth.
"I like to see the faculty and the community engaged in what the building is going to be like and have opportunities to see how the construction is moving along," said Blackburn.
She plans to use social media to keep everyone in the know.
This also goes along with one of Blackburn's other big goals which is transparency.
"I think I want to use all of the communication methodologies that are out there to us to allow the public to see who we are and see what we're doing, and to know who I am and what I'm doing," said Blackburn.
Most recently, Blackburn has been a superintendent in Montgomery County, Virginia for last five years.
She has years of experience in public education, having been everything from a teacher, guidance counselor and principal.
"I've done all the jobs, I love school and I love kids," said Blackburn.
Blackburn, who is a first generation high school graduate, says her passion for education is what drives her in this career.
Blackburn says she's excited to get to know her way around Berkeley County.
She already has six meet and greets set up for near future.
The first one is the week she starts work on Nov. 5 at 6 pm at Berkeley Middle School.