Monday, April 23, 2007

School Board Part One: Goodloe-Johnson Out

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Mon, Apr 23, 2007 at 6:30 PM

Not to say there needed to be an official announcement, but Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson handed in her resignation Monday as she prepares to head to Seattle Public Schools to take their superintendent role. Her final day will be June 15.

“I think we’ve come a long way together in creating and implementing the Charleston Plan for Excellence,” she said. The Plan for Excellence was a multt-year plan for improving Charleston County schools that Goodloe-Johnson will be remembered for.

The announcement was followed by a standing ovation, even from her most harshest critics on the board, as well as individual offers of congratulations from each of the board members except David Engelman.

Board member Ruth Jordan said it was Goodloe-Johnson’s vision that led her to run for the board.

“You have created a foundation we will continue to build on,” she told Goodloe-Johnson.

Likely the highlight of the send off came from board member Ray Toler, who warned Goodloe-Johnson that she may be jumping out of the pan and into the fire.

“It’s not a picnic,” Toler warned.

To which, Goodloe-Johnson responded, “Well, Charleston has prepared me well.”

Public comments focused largely on a search for the new superintendent, with some calling for Nancy McGinley to get the job and others asking for a nationwide search (which would likely end with the job being handed to McGinley). The board delayed action until later in the evening because they didn’t get to it in executive session prior to the meeting. More coming later…

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