Betty Farley Recognized for School Facilities Planning Service
Betty Farley, Executive Director of Planning, Demographics, and Transportation for Greenville County Schools, was recently honored with the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Southeast Region Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI). CEFPI is comprised of a variety of leaders and visionaries who are actively involved in the various phases of school planning.
Mrs. Farley, who has served as a public school administrator for more than 30 years, received the recognition for her contributions to Greenville County Schools’ Long Range Facilities Planning, providing new and renovated school facilities for more than 70,000 students. Under Mrs. Farley’s guidance, GCS’s Planning and Demographics Department is responsible for student projections, facility needs planning, population of schools, school siting, and educational specification guidance to provide equitable school facilities for all students. She is also responsible for the district’s school choice program, where 14%, or 9,500 students, attend a school other than their assigned school.
The SE Region CEFPI award recognizes Mrs. Farley’s contributions as the 2011 President of the SC Chapter and her efforts to develop the Southeast region’s Strategic Plan. She was responsible last year for coordinating the SC Chapter conference, held in Greenville, bringing together those who plan, design, construct, and maintain educational facilities for Pre-K through grade 12.
The Council of Educational Facilities Planners International is comprised of about 4,000, while the Southeast region serves about 500 members.