South Carolina Department of Education announces new leadership for Allendale County Schools

June 12, 2023

In its role as the managing authority for Allendale County Schools, the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) announced the appointment of Ms. Angela Jacobs as Interim Administrator of the district. Dr. Margaret Gilmore, current superintendent of the Allendale County Schools, officially retires on June 30.

“With over 30 years of public education experience in both classroom and district-level roles across South Carolina, Angela brings a breadth of experience and know-how to ensure that the new school year in Allendale gets off to a great start,” said State Superintendent of Education Ellen Weaver. “I’m grateful for her enthusiasm and willingness to serve in this capacity while the official search is conducted for the next superintendent of the district.”

Angela Jacobs will serve as Interim Administrator of Allendale County Schools following the announcement of Dr. Margaret Gilmore’s retirement.

For the last five years, Jacobs has served as a transformation coach at the South Carolina Department of Education. Prior to joining the SCDE, she was the Director of Recruitment and Certification in Florence 1 Schools (2017-2019) and a principal in the Lee County School District (2013-2017).

“The future is bright for the students of Allendale, and I look forward to partnering with the community in ensuring that teachers feel supported, parents feel engaged, and students are ready and excited to learn,” said Jacobs. “As I join the ‘Allendale Forward’ team, I want to thank Dr. Gilmore for her efforts over the past five years in leading this dedicated group of employees.”

A state of emergency was declared in Allendale by former State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman in 2017. Spearman appointed Gilmore to her role as district superintendent in July 2018. Gilmore had previously served as a transformation coach for the district.

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve the scholars, staff, parents and the community of Allendale County Schools,” said Dr. Gilmore. “Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Superintendent for five years. I am so proud of the collaborative spirit that embodies the district — from our innovative teachers and administrators who have continuously sought ways to engage scholars, to the staff members who have gone above and beyond to keep our schools safe and operational. A special thank you goes out to our parents and community who have passionately supported the district. You are truly special, and I look forward to your continued success.”