CCSD board member recommends extending Superintendent search

CCSD board member recommends extending Superintendent search

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Chair Cindy Bohn Coats, of the Charleston County School Board, said the search for a new superintendent will go on as planned.

This comes after a press conference by board member Michael Miller. He said one candidate got an unfair advantage, by meeting with board members in advance.

Miller stated Dr. Gerrita Postlewait was involved in conversations with six board members before the Charleston County Schools Superintendent position was posted March 3.

"I felt it was necessary to come forward because I believe I have an obligation to the students of this district to find the best superintendent in the nation to serve them in the most open, transparent and fairest process possible," Miller said.

On February 23, 2015, the Board selected the South Carolina School Boards Association as the search firm to conduct a superintendent search.

They recommended acting Superintendent, Michael Bobby, and the Deputy Chief of Academics, Dr. Lisa Herring, to be considered for the position, along with former Horry County superintendent, Dr. Postlewait.

In a written statement from Bohn Coats it reads, "… all three would likely be presented as qualified candidates due to their experience and leadership qualities."

On April 6, 2015, the Board voted to speak with the three candidates and also do a nationwide search.

Since then Bobby has dropped out of the running. Dr. Herring told the Board that she would not be participating in the initial interview. At that time, Dr. Herring was a finalist in the Birmingham Superintendent search. According to the statement, Dr. Postlewait participated in the initial interview.

"I'm told it went well," Miller said Monday. He was unable to attend the interview due to a family matter.

Miller is recommending that either Dr. Postlewait resign her candidacy for superintendent, or that the board extend the search through July of next year.

"Whether intentional or not, these board members have compromised this process," Miller said. "By meeting with the candidate before the process starts, would seemingly create an unfair opportunity for one candidate, which is not balanced, not fair, and not transparent."

In a written statement, Bohn Coats stated in part, "The board is following the process it agreed to. SCSBA has a proven track record of successful Superintendent searches. The overwhelming majority of the board believes the search process has not been compromised."

The school board will review the applications for the position on Thursday to determine who should be included in the first round of interviews from the nationwide search.

Live 5 News is working on a comment from Dr. Postlewait.

The Charleston County School District serves 48,000 students in 84 schools.


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