Today, Lexington County School District One Superintendent Greg Little, ED.D., announces that Michael L. Stacey, the district’s chief human resources officer, plans to retire effective July 1, 2021.
Of his retirement, Little says, “Mr. Stacey is a change agent. During his seven years in human resources, he has totally reorganized the office, created a rigorous screening and hiring process that includes focus groups, and instituted other positive changes such as cross-training that resulted in an even more collaborative culture in our H.R. division. His vision and his division’s work help us attract and secure quality candidates for all positions.”
Stacey has 42 years in public education. He began his career as a ninth-grade science and mathematics teacher at Northpoint Junior High in Northport, Alabama, in 1979.
He moved to Savannah, Georgia, in 1984 to teach science at Groves High School and was promoted to middle school assistant principal at Hubert Middle School in 1989 and to Bartlett Middle School principal in 1990.
Stacey returned to South Carolina in 1994 as principal of York Comprehensive High School and joined Lexington District One in 1999 as the first principal of White Knoll High School.
In 2006, he transferred to Central Services, where he served as Director of Middle School Education, Media Services, 504 Services, Leadership Development and Quality, and Alternative Education in Instructional Services. He became Human Resources Director for the district in 2014 and Chief Human Resources Officer in 2017.
Stacey received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Alabama and an Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern. He has secondary education, secondary supervision and superintendent certifications.
He is a graduate of the Tapping Executive Educators program of the South Carolina Department of Education and the CP&L Leadership Executive Institute. He has presented at the High School Summit, High Schools That Work National Conference, South Carolina Association of School Administrators, the CP&L Executive Institute, and the Superintendents’ Conference.
Stacey, a member of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators, was named S.C. Principal of the Year by the Guidance Counselor Association in 1998.