Superintendent’s Contract Extended Through 2027

Following a positive annual evaluation, the School District of Pickens County’s board of trustees unanimously voted to  extend the contract for SDPC superintendent Danny Merck through June 30, 2027 and to approve a salary increase  to $200,508.  

The board had previously contracted Dr. Merck to serve as superintendent for a term ending on June 30, 2026. 

Dr. Merck has nearly 30 years’ experience as an educator in South Carolina, and is in his eighth year as  superintendent. During his leadership, the district’s graduation rate has increased every year, teacher pay has  become more competitive, and academic performance continues to climb. 

Dr. Merck has experience at all levels of education as a teacher, a coach, an assistant principal, and as a district  administrator. He has served as the principal at three high schools in his career. Prior to his time at Daniel High, Dr.  Merck served as the district’s Assistant Superintendent of Administration, overseeing principals, finance, alternative  education, food service and Student Services. 

Dr. Merck received a B.A. in Business Economics from Wofford College, his teaching certification from Southern  Wesleyan University, an M.S.S. in Sports Management from the U.S. Sports Academy, and Ed. S. in Elementary  Administration and Secondary Administration from Converse College, and Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from  Nova Southeastern University, and a Superintendent Certification from Clemson University.