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Meet Our Board Members

A six-member board of trustees governs the actions of the School District of Pickens County. One member for each of six districts is elected for staggered four-year terms.

Dr. Herbert P. Cooper
District 1 Map
Term Expires 2016
241 Pendleton Road, Clemson, SC 29631
654-1517

Dr. Cooper has served as the District 1 (Clemson area) representative since November 1992.  After graduating from Clemson University with a B.S. degree, Dr. Cooper then graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with an M.D. degree.  He is a physician and owner of Pendleton Medical Clinic.  Dr. Cooper and his wife, Traudl, have two children--Herbie and Heidi.  His hobbies include sports and travel.  As a board member, Dr. Cooper's priorities are "to improve the education opportunities for the children of Pickens County" and "to improve facilities."


Mr. Jimmy Gillespie
District 2 Map
Term Expires 2014
413 Chastain Road, Central, SC 29630
639-4544

Mr. Gillespie was elected to represent District 2 (Central/Six Mile area) in November 2010. He is a graduate of Easley High School and is employed by Easley Custom Plastics. He and his wife, Katie, have one son. Mr. Gillespie's goals as a school board member are to eliminate wasteful spending and improve academic performance.


Mr. Alex Saitta
Chairman 
District 3 Map
Term Expires 2016
112 Fairway Drive, Pickens, SC 29671
878-1961
alexsaitta@pickens.k12.sc.us

Mr. Saitta represents the Pickens area (District 3).  After receiving a B.S. in Business Management and Economics from New York University, he worked for seventeen years with Citicorp as a financial analyst. In the annual Institutional Investors Magazine survey of 1999 and 2000, he was voted the number one market analyst by Wall Street clients. Mr. Saitta is now a stay-at-home dad, working part-time as a financial consultant and preparing tax returns. He and his wife Carmen are the parents of two daughters, Scarlett and Amber. Mr. Saitta's hobbies include restoring classic cars and working out. Elected in November 2004, he has several priorities as a board member--to help the board in setting spending priorities, eliminating wasteful spending, and getting more money into the classroom.


Dr. Brian Swords
District 4 Map 
Term Expires 2014
142 Orchard Drive
Liberty, SC 29657
221-3642

Mrs. Judy Edwards
Secretary

District 5 Map
Term Expires 2016
104 Tanglewood Drive, Easley, SC 29642
859-7338
randjedwards@aol.com

Elected to represent the Easley area (District 5) in November 2008, Mrs. Edwards is a retired teacher with thirty years of experience, all in Pickens County.  She and her husband Bob are the parents of two daughters and four grandchildren.  Mrs. Edwards holds a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Winthrop College and a master's degree in Elementary Education from Clemson University.   She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, decorating and sewing.  As a board member, her priorities are to "help unite our board so that we think as a unit for all children of our county."   Mrs. Edwards also looks forward to this exciting time in our county and hopes to hold forums for the teachers and the public so that we maintain the respect and confidence of our county.

Mr. Jim Shelton
Vice-Chairman
District 6 Map
Term Expires 2014
1510 Hunts Bridge Road, Easley, SC 29640
630-0726
jimshelton@pickens.k12.sc.us

Mr. Shelton has represented the Dacusville area (District 6) since November 2006. He is graduate of Pickens High School and Clemson University. Mr. Shelton and his wife Ginger have two children: John, a PHS graduate who is enrolled at Southern Wesleyan University, and Caroline, a student at Pickens High School. Mr. Shelton is the past president of both the Dacusville Recreation Department and the Dacusville Business Association and currently serves on the board of directors for the Pickens County chapter of the American Red Cross. Establishing the School District of Pickens County as the academic benchmark by which other state school districts are measured is Mr. Shelton's goal.  Mr. Shelton also serves as region 16 director of the South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA).



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in compliance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, and all other applicable civil rights legislation.
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