CCSD issues public statement on McGinley resignation, district's future

CCSD issues public statement on McGinley resignation, district's future

The Charleston County School District Board of Trustees released a public statement following an emergency meeting Thursday afternoon regarding the anticipated resignation of Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley.

The statement reads:

In today's Board meeting, the Board authorized the Chair to accept the Superintendent's resignation, which we believe will be forthcoming. We are reliably informed that Dr. Nancy McGinley has concluded, in consultation with supporters and close friends, that this is the time for her to pursue new opportunities.

We will accept the Superintendent's resignation when it is offered on very generous and on harmonious terms. Our objective all this week has been a win-win -- a win for Dr. McGinley, who has made a substantial contribution to the Charleston County School District ("District") and Charleston community, and a win for the District in that we can move forward with a united Board committed to moving the District to the next level.

Importantly, under the terms of the District's agreement with Dr. McGinley, she will remain an employee of the District, in a consulting capacity, through June 30, 2015, and will continue to be available to the Board and all District staff to offer advice and assistance, as may be requested, on any aspect of District operations.

All Board members acknowledge the extraordinary contributions Dr. McGinley has made to the District and the Charleston community during her tenure with the District. Many of her achievements are both exemplary and remarkable. In a meeting today with the District principals and her staff, Dr. McGinley will confirm that the District has a good future. Specifically, we understand Dr. McGinley will express confidence that the District will be in good hands with Michael Bobby as Acting Superintendent, who will act in consultation with Dr. Herring, the District's Chief Academic Officer, and other staff, and she will continue to be available to him as may be needed.

The Board has agreed to pay Dr. McGinley her salary and benefits through June 30, 2015, in addition to the equivalent of eight months' salary and benefits after July 1, 2015, as will be provided in a written agreement between the parties. Both Dr. McGinley and the Board have agreed to a nondisparagement clause. The Board appreciates and acknowledges Dr. McGinley's contribution to the District, and we wish her well in any and all future endeavors. We believe the District will have her full support in the days ahead.

The Board takes this opportunity, in concert with Dr. McGinley, Mr. Bobby and Dr. Herring, to urge public support for the District's goals and future. The Board especially appreciates the interest in and support for the District by Mayor Joe Riley, of Charleston, Mayor Keith Summey, of North Charleston, and Mayor Linda Page, of Mt. Pleasant.

Finally, and most importantly, the Board's primary and top priority is the education and well-being of our 48,000 students. Those students went to school today expecting to receive an excellent education, and our commitment to them is to support the teachers, school based staff and principals who are working right now to make that happen. Beginning now, that is the focus of this board.

We will make further public announcements as is appropriate and desirable to do so.

Cindy Bohn Coats, Chair

The announcement of McGinley's decision sparked an outburst among parents and community leaders who had gathered to hear the results of the executive session at Thursday's meeting.

It is not clear when McGinley will formally deliver her resignation to the school board.

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