Berkeley Co. School District names Brenda Blackburn as new superintendent

Published: Aug. 11, 2015 at 11:13 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2015 at 11:45 PM EDT
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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County School Board has selected Brenda Blackburn as the new superintendent.

The vote to hire Blackburn was unanimous, according to Berkeley County school officials who made the announcement Tuesday night.

Blackburn accepted the position via a phone call.

"Our entire Board was very pleased with Ms. Blackburn's skills and experiences," said Berkeley County Board of Education Chairman, Jim Hayes. "She possesses so many of the qualities outlined in our community and staff written leadership profile. She also has strong experience in areas our district currently faces and will face in the future."

Blackburn will assume her duties as Berkeley County School District's new superintendent Nov. 1, and her salary will be $210,000.

Dr. Samuel DePaul and Dr. Jerome Stewart were also in the running for the position.

"All three finalists were excellent candidates. We believe, however, that Ms. Blackburn is the best fit for Berkeley County," said Hayes. "She also received very favorable reviews from staff and community members who interacted with her last week."

Blackburn started her career as a teacher in Virginia in 1969. She moved up the ranks becoming a principal at several schools in Florida, later moving into the Superintendent position.

She became superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools in Christiansburg, Virginia in 2010, and announced this past April that she would be leaving that job.

In a statement, she said, "After 44 years in education, I seek greater flexibility to pursue other opportunities and interest."

"Selecting our next superintendent has been an important process for the Board, and we believe we have found an outstanding leader. We are very appreciative of the employee and community support we have received throughout our search, and we are looking forward to a great future for our district under Ms. Blackburn's leadership," said Hayes.

Blackburn replaces Rodney Thompson who was indicted in April in connection to the 2012 School Improvement Referendum. 

Last year, as an ongoing district-wide ethics investigation continued, Thompson wrote an email to district employees announcing his intentions to end his tenure in the summer of 2015.

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