St. DavidUnified School District #21

Meet Our Superintendent

Dr. Arleen Kennedy was appointed as St. David Unified School District #21 superintendent in July 2018 after serving over 24 years in education as a classroom teacher, school administrator, and district office support personnel. Dr. Kennedy graduated from South Carolina State University in May 1993 with a BA in Political Science/Pre-Law. Continuing the educational journey, in December 1996, she received a MAT in Secondary Education from The Citadel Military College. Additionally, Dr. Kennedy holds a second M.ED in Educational Administration from Charleston Southern University and has recently defended her dissertation to complete her ED.D program in Urban Educational Leadership..

She fostered active professional membership with the following organizations: the School Superintendent Association (AASA), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the National Council of Social Studies (NCSS), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). 

Dr. Kennedy is a member of the Order of the Eastern Stars, Sisters of Faith #45.

A Message from Our Superintendent

Dear St. David Students, Staff, and Community Members,

Welcome back to school! I hope everyone had a great summer. Our meaningful work together this past year brought success to our beautiful school district nestled between the city of Benson and the town of Tombstone. Now, with the start of the 2019–2020 school year, we have new opportunities and experiences designed to improve the lives and futures of our students. I am truly thankful for my employees and staff’s dedication to our mission and look forward to working with the new employees in our district.

Whether you are driving a school bus, preparing meals, engaging families and parents, maintaining facilities, administrating a school, department, or program; teaching our students, or working in any one of the many other important capacities in this district, you are integral to ensuring that our schools are highly effective centers of learning. Having said that, I want to highlight the following priorities that are critical to our continued success.

We are implementing our new learning time in the middle and high school. This 90-minute instructional block will be a great equalizer for all students and teachers to capitalize on reflective teaching practices by utilizing differentiated educational practices in the classroom. We will continue this year to hold the standards of excellence and offer professional learning workshops to help teachers realize the potential of this powerful learning expectation. Students and staff will learn together to implement best practices that are suitable for their particular grade level and learning community.

In addition, the district is focusing on offering more course offerings and teacher resources. The district secured funding for individualized teacher support through the online ACSD Activate teacher resource toolkit. Securing this resource was a direct result of capitalizing on our desire to improve teacher quality and implement the use of successful support systems within the district.

The district plans to increase celebrations of success and have already successfully implemented some family-community activities that will bring the district to the fullest potential for the learning cycle of students. We opened this year with two back-to-school initiatives to support the task of bringing students back to school and will continue to support and celebrate positive learning and recreational activities

These exciting new practices will have a positive and direct impact for students in the district. We have all worked hard to set up a structure for successful implementation of current evidence- based programs that will benefit our students. Our team is moving to excellence! In addition, we have a school board that is knowledgeable and committed to our students and staff. And finally, we are uniting the community, people, programs, and resources, together with our 2020 targeted goal to maintain our standard of “excellence”. It is definitely a new experience in St. David USD #21! Join us in excellence.

    Stay focused, caring, and committed!


    Dr. Arleen Kennedy

    Arleen Kennedy