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Experienced High School Administrator Fran Altringer to Serve as the Next Principal of Strom Thurmond High School

Johnston, SC – Fran Altringer is returning home to her educational roots in Edgefield County.  

The Edgefield County Board of Education approved Altringer, an experienced district-level and high school administrator and leader with nearly 28 years of experience in education, as the new principal of Strom Thurmond High School (STHS) during a called meeting held on Thursday, December 15, 2022.  

“We are thrilled to welcome Fran back to our Edgefield County School District and Strom Thurmond High School families as the new principal of Strom Thurmond High School,” stated Edgefield County School District Superintendent Dr. Kevin O’Gorman. “Her career started right here in Edgefield County and we are happy to have her back.” 

Altringer, who currently serves as an assistant principal at North Augusta High School, will transition to her new role as principal of Strom Thurmond High School in January. In her first two years as an educator, she taught algebra and geometry while coaching varsity girls’ basketball at STHS under the mentorship of legendary Strom Thurmond High School coach Harriet “Boots” Bandy.  

“I really appreciate the opportunity to serve the Strom Thurmond High School family and this community as principal,” commented Altringer. “I’ve never forgotten the tremendous level of support of everyone here during my time teaching and coaching at Strom Thurmond High School. Mrs. Timmerman was amazing as the math department chair at that time and Coach Bandy was such a great mentor. I was never alone in anything, and I was always supported in everything I did.” 

Altringer plans to provide a similar level of care and support as the new principal at STHS. 

“This is such a wonderful community and I cannot wait to meet everyone,” stated Altringer. “I have always been an administrator who listens and supports teachers in such a way that they feel appreciated and my goal is to continue that as the new leader of Strom Thurmond High School. I’ve already felt so welcomed and I’m just very grateful.”

She holds a Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Mathematics from the University of South Carolina Aiken. While serving as principal of Silver Bluff High School, she helped the school move from an absolute rating of “Good” to “Excellent” and a growth rating of “Average” to “Excellent”, while students achieved substantial gains in End of Course (EOC) test scores. Student retention also decreased.

Altringer also brings extensive experience in the digital space. Prior to the onset of the pandemic, as Coordinator for Virtual Programs with Aiken County Public Schools, she oversaw a dramatic increase in virtual graduation rates, from 82.7 percent to 90 percent, as well as virtual program enrollment, from 450 enrollments in 2014 to the largest virtual program in South Carolina at the time with 1,137 enrollments in 2017.

Altringer says her experience has shown time and again the importance of supporting and celebrating the diversity of students and multiple pathways to individual success.

“My time as an educator, administrator and parent of four teenagers has taught me that success can appear in so many different ways for students, whether they are looking to go to college, the military, or a career,” commented Altringer. “In addition to education we’re also preparing them to be good people, and if you prepare them to be a good person they will do well in all of those areas.” 

During her first days as STHS principal, she plans to become acquainted with school administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents and community members. 

“I’m excited to again be part of the Strom Thurmond High School family and Edgefield County community.”

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