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Six Staff Members Named Employees of the Year

  L to R: GCS Superintendent Dr. W. Burke Royster: Steve McRae; Michael Delaney; Leroy Hamilton; Amanda Enfinger; Maxi Farnsworth; Emily Gerard; Matt Tebbetts, Greenville Federal Credit Union.

L to R: GCS Superintendent Dr. W. Burke Royster: Steve McRae; Michael Delaney; Leroy Hamilton; Amanda Enfinger; Maxi Farnsworth; Emily Gerard; Matt Tebbetts, Greenville Federal Credit Union.

     Congratulations to six staff members who were recently named 2016 Employees of the Year. The awards recognize outstanding contributions and are sponsored by Greenville Federal Credit Union. Winners received $500 cash and a special award, and their school or department also received $500 cash so all employees at their location can share in the honor. 


School Support Staff Employee of the Year

 Maxi Farnsworth, Media Clerk, Sterling School

      Maxi created a Read Cycle book swap where students bring in their old books and trade for new ones. Her knowledge of resources makes it easy for teachers to call on her to improve their lessons with technology integration and overall planning and instruction.


District Support Employee of the Year

Amanda Enfinger, Accounting Specialist, District Finance Department

     Amanda serves as the lead trainer for schools and departments in monitoring their budget expenditures. She travels to each school to help new hires in their own environment. Amanda reviews all district credit card purchases, monitoring to ensure procedures are followed. 


Operations Employee of the Year

Steve McRae, Custodian/Groundskeeper, Slater-Marietta Elementary School

     Steve McRae not only finds time to complete his assigned tasks while assisting teachers and others, but also finds time to tutor a student needing help with multiplication tables. During his break or while waiting in the afternoon car line, Steve can be found tutoring the student and helping him work toward achieving his potential.


Assistant School Administrator of the Year

Emily Gerard, Assistant Principal, Paris Elementary School

     Emily has a self-imposed early morning shift which begins before 7 AM. Her days are spent working with teachers on instruction, handling student discipline, and communicating with parents. Emily keeps the school focused on a safe and healthy environment, including leading Paris in the Safe Kids, Safe Schools Initiative.


School Administrator of the Year

Michael Delaney, Principal, Carolina High and Academy

     Michel Delaney is a mentor, advisor, and father figure to all of his students. Seniors take a pact to graduate when they sign their names in silver pen on a custom-made graduation gown at the beginning of the year. He’s changing the culture of Carolina High and doing “Whatever It Takes!” to see students achieve.


District Professional Employee of the Year

Leroy Hamilton, Director of School Administrative Support, GCS Central Office

     Leroy's attention to detail and problem-solving abilities make him the go-to person to solve a school or district-level problem. He guided Hillcrest High through the growing pains of an overcrowded building into a new state-of-the-art facility; led the meticulous process of naming Bell’s Crossing Elementary School to reflect the area’s rich history; and assisted the district with one of the largest school construction projects in the nation.


  Vera Dillard, former Secretary at Donaldson Career Center, was recognized as this year's longest-serving retiree with 47 years of service

Vera Dillard, former Secretary at Donaldson Career Center, was recognized as this year's longest-serving retiree with 47 years of service.

209 Employees Celebrate Retirement!

     At the end of the school year, 209 employees will begin their retirement. Collectively, these employees have given 4,456 years of service to the children of Greenville County Schools. During a special Retirement banquet, we honored our longest-serving retiree, Vera Dillard, former Secretary at Donaldson Career Center. Vera had been with Greenville County schools for 47 years. Congratulations to all retirees and best wishes in your future endeavors!





Greenville Drive Honors GCS Employees

     Join us for an evening of fun at the Greenville Drive Employee Appreciation Game on Monday, June 13, 7:05 p.m.  Each GCS employee is invited to claim one free Reserved Seat ticket for this game and can purchase additional tickets subject to availability.  To get your ticket(s) please visit or call the Drive Box Office (864) 240-4528 and provide your name/work location or click here and use Promotion Code “school.”  (Note a processing fee is charged for each ticket bought/claimed online, but not with box office orders.) You'll also have a chance to win great prizes throughout the game.


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Healthy Living Tips

Discover What You Enjoy - Weights are one of the best ways to make significant physical changes to your body. The most important determinant of long-term success with fitness is how much you enjoy an activity. Choose something that makes fitness fun! Explore new exercise classes and activities to determine which you prefer. As a beginner, almost anything you choose will be challenging and gains will be made starting your very first week.

Dine In Restaurants Only Once a Week -
You consume more total calories when you eat out, and many of those calories will be empty, in the form of sugary beverages and desserts. You won't be tempted to indulge during a weak moment if you're eating at home and no junk food or soda is present.

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Golden Apple Rewards Discount Program

Check out "Who's New" in the discount program! Greenville Fit Body Boot Camp and Keller Williams Realty. You can access this offer and all participating vendors at www.goldenapplerewards.com. You can also sign up to receive notifications when new businesses are added to the program by clicking Subscribe for Updates. Be sure to check your Golden Apple Rewards book or the website for ongoing offers at restaurants, automobile services, banks, dentists, and much more!



Upcoming Events




Tuesday - Thursday, May 31-June 2

High School Graduations

Thursday, June 2

Last Student Attendance Day

Friday, June 3 & Monday, June 6

Schools Workday


Monday, June 6 - Thursday, August 4

Summer Hours - 7:30 am - 5:30 pm, Monday - Thursday, Closed Fridays

Monday, June 13

Greenville Drive End-of-Year Celebration Game for GCS Employees

7:05 p.m., Fluor Field


Monday, July 4

Fourth of July Holiday for 12-Month Employees


Tuesday, August 9

First Day for Teachers


Extra Credit! Take the Greenville Federal Credit Union Quiz


Take the Quiz for A Chance to Win!
Two names will be drawn for $50 or two tickets to Biltmore House from Greenville Federal Credit Union. Please submit your entry only one time


Deadline to enter is Tuesday, June 7.


April 2016 Winners


Kelly Howard, a math teacher at Southside High, and Jaime Presnell, Transportation Call Center representative, were our lucky winners in April. Thank you for reading Enlighten and submitting your entry!


Question #1:

What organization sponsors the Employees of the Year Awards Program?

A) Home Depot

B) Lowe's

C) Greenville Federal Credit Union


Question #2:

How many employees will retire from GCS at the end of the school year?

A) None

B) 50

C) 209


Question #3:

Where can you find information about discounts for GCS employees?

A) Golden Apple Rewards Discount Book

B) www.goldenapplerewards.com

C) Both A and B


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