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Williamsburg County school district superintendent resigns

Yvonne Jefferson-Barnes, Ed.D. (Photo Source: Williamsburg County School District) Yvonne Jefferson-Barnes, Ed.D. (Photo Source: Williamsburg County School District)
WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

The Williamsburg County School District Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of the district's superintendent days after celebrating improved performance in area schools.

District officials confirmed Dr. Yvonne Jefferson-Barnes resigned as superintendent on Monday.

Board members appointed Carrie Brock as interim superintendent, according to Board Chairman Rev. Alfred Darby.

Jefferson-Barnes' resignation came just days after her office issued a release celebrating the results of the district's 2014 Education Accountability Act report card.

Those results moved the district's grade from "Average" in 2013 to "Good" for 2014, she said.

"A school district that has moved from "At Risk" to "Good" in four years is truly on the correct academic track," Jefferson-Barnes said in a statement about the report. "It is also notable that Williamsburg County School District was the only one of its comparative districts scoring in the 'Good' Absolute rating category."

Jefferson-Barnes said the district was also pleased with its 80.9% graduation rate, which she said was above the state average, and its 86.6% Exit Exam passage rate.

Jefferson-Barnes was superintendent for four years, according to the 2014 EEA report.

Brock denied a request for comment.

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