District Five names Chief Financial Officer

IRMO, SC – The Lexington-Richland School District Five has announced the appointment of Heather Tucker as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Tucker’s selection for the position was confirmed during the school board meeting on June 24.

“I am excited to be able to continue my service to the students, teachers, staff, and families of School District Five in the role of CFO,” Tucker expressed. “I look forward to working with the finance team, Dr. Ross, and the Board of Trustees to ensure that our district is in the best financial position to support our mission of loving and growing our students.”

Tucker brings a wealth of experience to her new role. She has been teaching Financial Literacy and Fundamentals of Computing at Chapin Middle School since 2022. Her prior experience includes serving as the Director of Budget for the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) from 2017 to 2022, and as the Director of Planning, Budget, and Reporting for the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services from 2014 to 2017.

Tucker’s academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a minor in business administration from Clemson University. She furthered her education by obtaining a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in policy analysis from Georgia State University in 2006.

Superintendent Dr. Akil E. Ross, Sr. praised the appointment, stating, “Our district is fortunate to have Mrs. Tucker serve as our Chief Financial Officer. Her real-world experience as a budget director will be a great addition to our team. Mrs. Tucker’s experience in developing governmental budgets, combined with her background as a classroom teacher, will ensure that our budgeting decisions are in the best interest of students.”

Heather Tucker’s diverse background in both education and government finance positions her uniquely to lead the district’s financial operations. Her dual experience in budgeting and classroom teaching is expected to provide valuable insights that align financial decisions with the educational needs and priorities of School District Five.