BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — Berkeley County School District Superintendent, Brenda Blackburn, has resigned. The decision came after a special meeting Friday evening concerning the pending financial investigation. Board members spent more than two hours in executive session.
The board appointed Deon Jackson as the Interim Superintendent.
Jackson is the current Chief Administrative Officer for the school board. He is also the former Principal at Cane Bay Middle School. He received the Berkeley County School District Principal of the year award in 2014.
The school board also announced that they have hired Harding Parker and Associates, LLC, to guide them during this time. The consulting firm will also help them appoint a new Superintendent.
Former CFO Brantley Thomas was fired February 2017 for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the school district. Officials were given copies of 10 checks that the investigators said Thomas converted and deposited to his own account. They totaled more than $382,000 dollars.
“We have concerns that there may be additional amounts misappropriated and we are committed to getting to the bottom to discover any and all wrongdoing. We want to act swiftly to make decisions to stabilize the financial security of this district, and we acknowledge that ultimately our duty is to the children in our schools and the citizens of Berkeley County, ” Board Vice Chairman Mac McQuillin said last month when the issue first came to light.
Thomas admitted what he did to the FBI.
The meeting was held at 6 p.m. at the Berkeley County School District Headquarters in Moncks Corner.