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Public to meet finalists for school superintendent on Monday

  • 31 May 2018
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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The public is invited to meet and interview the four finalists for the school district superintendent position Monday afternoon at Marlboro County High School.
The four are back for final interviews after more than 30 applied for the position from across the Southeast.
The opportunity to meet and hear from the finalists will start at 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 4, in the media center at Marlboro County High School. Anyone attending will be given a rating sheet to share with the school board their impressions of each candidate.
Finalists invited to meet the community and interview again are:
--Dr. Shawn Johnson, who since 2016 has been superintendent of Barnwell School District 19 in South Carolina and before that was principal at Dillon High School in Dillon for four years;
--Dr. Gregory McCord, since 2012 the Chief Auxiliary Services Officer in the Beaufort (S.C.) County School District and before that was principal at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School for five years;
--Dr. William Stone, in his 12th year as superintendent of Caldwell County (N.C.) School District north of Charlotte; before that position, he served as a superintendent since 1998 in two North Carolina school districts;
--Dr. Freddie Williamson, who was 2017 Superintendent of the Year in North Carolina and is completing his 12th year as superintendent of Hoke County public schools near Fayetteville, N.C.
“Our school board was extremely impressed with each of these four candidates, and we had an exceptional overall group of applicants,” said Lucy Parsons, chair of the Marlboro County Board of Education. “This has been a great process and we very much want our community to have the opportunity to meet these folks before we make a decision about the next superintendent."
Because the finalists already interviewed at length with school board members, the candidates have been asked to select one question from a list and then discuss it in public. Each candidate is being given about 10 minutes.
Following the session, a reception for the candidates will be held until the start of the regularly-scheduled school board meeting at 6:30 p.m.
The board is expected to discuss in executive session how to proceed with the selection of a new superintendent.
Marlboro County School District serves just under 4,000 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade at eight schools.
Among the opportunities facing the new superintendent will be improving academic achievement, providing additional career and technology education, and upgrading school facilities across the district. School board members plan a facilities referendum later this year.
Acting Superintendent Dr. John Lane announced earlier this spring that he wouldn’t continue in the position after July 1. Former superintendent Dr. Helena Tillar, on administrative leave since July 2017, will see her contract expire June 30.
In all, 34 people applied for the superintendent position. There were 13 from South Carolina, 10 from North Carolina, and others from across the Southeast as well as Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Although the Board of Education has responsibility for governance and policies for the Marlboro County public school system, it has only one employee – the superintendent.
In addition to encouraging internal candidates to apply, the school board tapped its connections with the S.C. School Boards Association and the S.C. Association of School Administrators for help with recruiting qualified applicants.

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