Bryant has worked at LDHS for 19 years and the last five as principal. Her last day at LDHS will be June 30.
For Bryant, this is returning to her roots. Growing up in the Batesburg-Leesville community, she graduated from Ridge Spring-Monetta High School.
“I will love to give my hometown some of my love and attention for a while,” said Bryant.
The process started for Bryant about 3-4 weeks ago. Her mother passed away last month and she interviewed while her mother was in the hospital.
Bryant, her husband Brad, a teacher at LDHS, and her son Walt will move into her mother’s house.
“It’s going home,” said Bryant. “It’s been a hard decision. I thought I would retire here.”
Batesburg-Leesville High School is a 2A school with approximately 500 students. Bryant began her teaching career there for four years as an English teacher.
“I’m excited but it’s changed a lot,” said Bryant. “I’ve been gone for 20 years.”
“We are happy for Mrs. Bryant as she prepares to lead the high school that started her teaching career,” said District 55 superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters. “Rarely do we get to return to our beginnings and when we do, it's a special opportunity. As former superintendent Dr. Billy Strickland is quoted as saying, Sonya Bryant "will always be a Raider!" She will carry with her the leadership skills and qualities that set her apart. Lexington Three School District is fortunate to get her and while we will miss her, we are excited for her to have this opportunity and wish her the best in all her future endeavors.”
Bryant’s announcement will set the wheels in motion for District 55 officials to begin their search for a new principal.
“While I’m excited, I am also sad to leave LDHS,” said Bryant. “I love being a Raider.”