CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Dr. Gerrita Postlewait's contract for Superintendent of Charleston County Schools was approved and signed in a meeting with school board members Wednesday Morning, a school system official says.
According to the contract, Postlewait will start work on July 14. Her contract will end on June 30, 2018.
The contract says Postlewait will be paid an annual salary of $226,000. The School Board and Superintendent can agree to increase her salary during her term, but the contract says the her salary will be no less than the initial amount they agreed on.
The board voted 5-4 in an executive session on Thursday, July 2 to offer Dr. Gerrita Postlewait the superintendent position. Postlewait, a former Horry County superintendent, was one of three finalists vying for the position.
Postlewait is from Georgetown and says she was called to do the work of superintendent. She was the first of the three finalists to do the public interviews at the end of last month. From 2006 to 2013, she was the chief K-12 officer for the Stupski Foundation, a San Francisco-based education reform nonprofit. She later worked for the ACT, the college-entrance exam. She left her role at ACT earlier this year in order to apply for the open superintendent position.
The search process for a new superintendent started when former Supt. Nancy McGinley resigned in October after the firing and rehiring of Academic Magnet High School football team's coach over a post-game victory ritual featuring what many considered a racial stereotype demeaning to African-Americans.