Berkeley County School Board meeting on Friday night. (Source: Live 5 News)
Many were in attendance during the closed door meeting on Friday. (Source: Live 5 News)
Deon Jackson (Source: BCSD)
BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -
Officials with the Berkeley County School District say they have voted to accept the resignation of Superintendent Brenda Blackburn.
The school board made the announcement Friday night following a special meeting which was held to talk about the financial investigation of the district.
Blackburn's resignation came after the board held an executive session behind closed doors for nearly three hours.
Many people were in attendance waiting to hear updates on the investigation.
School officials say Chief Administrative Officer Deon Jackson will serve as interim superintendent.
"I am committed to working with employees during this transition to carry forward the Board's vision of integrity-based decision-making in all we do to deliver what is in the best interest of our children," Jackson said.
The district also announced that they have hired a consulting firm, Harding Parker and Associates, to "provide leadership and expertise regarding the operations of the School district."
The firm will conduct a superintendent's search for the board.
"We are a strong and exceptional district, and just as teachers rise every day to meet the challenges of our students, this Board is committed to rising to challenges facing the District in a straightforward and transparent manner," said Board Chairwoman Sally Wofford.
Friday's meeting comes after the district fired their Chief Financial Officer Brantley Thomas who is accused of stealing nearly $400,000 from the district.
Thomas worked for the district for about 23 years.
It was last month when the district says he was transferring money into his own account.