What's YOUR Vision for the Students of Pickens County?


In the spirit of continuous improvement and our 2021-2022 future-focus goal, the district is refreshing and rethinking its foundation strategic planning elements: Core Values, Beliefs, Mission, and Vision Statements. We believe that the best strategic plans are grounded in the community's needs and priorities. Of equal importance is to ensure the district's goals and strategies align with what's happening system-wide in our classrooms and schools.

Engaging the entire community provides an excellent opportunity for members of our community to share their thoughts on what we do well and where we can grow, always focusing on our students' life long-journeys. A representative district-wide Vision Oversight Committee is looking for your thoughts and suggestions as we navigate through this process. We are inviting students, parents, staff members, schools, community & business leaders, and other interested members of the public to contribute their thoughts, ideas, hopes, and dreams.



Students, Parents, Community Members, and Staff SURVEY

A web-based survey with one open-ended question is now available until Monday, May 2nd, 2022: If SDPC were building the district from scratch, what would be your TOP THREE priorities for students?


The WHY...

Refresh 2022:

  1. Portions of our current Mission, Vision and Tagline have served the district well since circa 2007.

  2. This is a future-focused planning and community engagement effort that will define how SDPC should serve students in the future and the system-level alignment and changes needed to get there.

We are seeking to:

Inform & Engage

the district and community of SDPC’s Core educational Values, Beliefs, Mission, and Vision


SDPC and the community toward a common goal

Set Forth

the expectations of the teachers, students, administrators, parents, and community


the teaching methods and the approaches to learning


the curriculum, course offerings, assessments, and resources


system-wide alignment, accreditation, and reform efforts

Vision Oversight Committee

Sharon Huff

Senior Leadership Team (SLT)

Dr. Ashley Anderson-Murray

District Leadership Team (DLT)

Darian Byrd

Director of Communications and Pickens County Virtual Academy

Zachary Arms

SDPC 2021-22 District Teacher of the Year

Jennifer Dailey

SDPC 2021-22 District Support Employee of the Year

Danilo Arcinegas

Community Representative

Dr. Barbara Nesbitt


Char Burgner



Our Visioning: Community Engagement Series is designed to collaborate with and listen to YOU. SDPC will be offering several platforms, venues, and tools for staff and community input and engagement. There will be opportunities for in-person conversations through:

  • 2 Area Town Hall Meetings

    • Thur. 4/14  5:30-7:00 PM - Pickens County Career and Technology Center (Focus - Core Values & Beliefs)

    • Mon. 5/2 5:30-7:00 PM - Pickens High School (Focus - Mission & Vision Statements)

  • 3 Area Community Conversation Sessions

    • Sat. 4/9 10 AM - 2 PM - Town of Central Car Show

    • Sat. 4/30 8 AM - 12 PM - Easley Farmers Market

    • Sat. 5/7 10 AM - 2 PM - Pickens Azalea Festival

  • Various student Lunch n' Learn sessions


Thank you in advance for taking part in our future-focused, shared community vision for the future of Pickens County students.

Danny Merck, Ed.D.  

   SDPC Superintendent

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