Berkeley County School Board names new superintendent

BERKELEY COUNTY SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County School Board named a new superintendent at Tuesday night's meeting.

Rodney Thomas will take over as superintendent. He was the district's Chief Administrative Officer.

"After much thought and careful deliberation as to the appropriate individual to lead the District successfully, it became clear to us that the District's Chief Administrative Officer, Rodney Thompson, would be an excellent candidate to become the District's next Superintendent," said Berkeley County Board of Education Chairwoman Kathy Schwalbe.

Archie Franchini was chosen to take over the duties of superintendent when Dr. Anthony Parker resigned in January.

"Among other things, he has served as a teacher, principal, and Chief Administrative Officer. Further, Mr. Thompson has a highly successful track record with our District, is already completely familiar with our District's operations and is highly regarded by staff members and the community," Schwalbe said.

According the school board, the group considered conducting another superintendent search with the assistance of a professional superintendent search consultant before making its final decision.

Thomas will become superintendent effective February 14 for a term of three years at an annual salary of $150,000.

The Board also showed its appreciation to Archie Franchini, for serving as acting superintendent.

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