NAACP: Hiring of CCSD superintendent a 'racist move'

VIDEO: NAACP: Hiring of CCSD superintendent a 'racist move'
Published: Jul. 2, 2015 at 7:52 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 2, 2015 at 9:13 PM EDT
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The Charleston Chapter of the NAACP called the Charleston County School District's decision to offer Dr. Gerrita Postlewait the superintendent job "a racist move."

Chapter President Dot Scott said the civil rights organization is calling on Postlewait to turn down the Charleston County superintendent's job and also for school board chairman Cindy Bohn Coats to step down from her post.

"The action takes the Charleston County School District, one of the last districts in America to desegregate, back to the days of separate and unequal," Scott said.

Scott said the NAACP is looking into possible legal action to block the Postlewait's appointment.

Scott also said the school board should have appointed Dr. Lisa Herring as interim superintendent after former Supt. Nancy McGinley resigned. Herring was one of three finalists for the superintendent's job.

Scott accused the board of "skipping over" Herring, the district's chief academic officer, when it came time to name an interim superintendent upon the resignation of Nancy McGinley. That decision was made, Scott, said, despite the fact that Coates called Herring one of the two best internal candidates to be superintendent.

"Under Ms. Coats' leadership, the School Board has consistently shown a callous, arrogant and mean-spirited disregard for a major segment of the community and has made it clear that they will only cater to some schools, parents and children," Scott said in the statement.

If Postlewait agrees to serve, Scott said, she would do so with the confidence of only "Coats and the four other white board members who voted for her."

"Most of those in the black community have no confidence in her and believe that she'll make a biased and divided school district worse instead of better," she said. "Her chances of success are minimal, and it's regrettable that she'd been set up not to succeed but to fail. She deserves better and the children in our schools and their parents deserve better."

In a statement released by CCSD and the South Carolina School Boards Association late Thursday, Postlewait said she is honored to have been offered and pledged to work in good faith toward executing a contract.

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