BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County School Board voted 5-3 Monday evening to re-open its search for a new superintendent.
According to the school district, the decision to re-open the search resulted from the board being notified last weekend that one of its three finalist candidates was withdrawing his name from consideration.
"The Berkeley County School Board has reopened its superintendent search," said Dr. Kent Murray, chairman of the school board. "The board will continue to utilize BWP and Associates, the search firm from which the board has been working."
A press release stated BWP and Associates will not charge any additional fees to re-open or extend the search for candidates.
It also stated Murray was unable to discuss at length why the candidate withdrew because of the confidentiality of personnel discussions.
"I appreciate everyone's involvement in the interview process, we all put our hearts into this," said Berkeley County School Board member Mac McQuillin." I am very disappointed that we were not able to select a superintendent."
As far as a timeline for the search, Murray said BWP advised them that the search extension could take up to a month or could extend into the fall in order to have optimal time to recruit to candidates.
"All previous applicants and new applicants will be considered," Murray said.
A new superintendent was expected to be picked at the beginning of May.
"We know not having a selection made at this point can be discouraging for all of us, but we have to get this right because it is the most important responsibility of the Board. We ask our community and staff to please continue to work with us as we deal with our challenges and continue to seek the right leader for our school district," Murray said.