Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Dr. Maria's Goodbye

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Tue, May 29, 2007 at 5:11 PM

The Charleston County School Board honored Superintendent Maria Goodloe Johnson at their final meeting before her exit Tuesday night with well wishes and a few kind jabs.

It began with the board offering long-stem roses and a framed photo of the board that Goodloe-Johnson can take with her to her new office in Seattle. Because that’s what she wants — a looming picture of the Charleston district. You could just see a few board members (you know the ones) counting the tax dollars spent on the roses.

Well wishes came from all of the board members. Arthur Ravenel got in one more “Dr. Maria” before he sent her off saying, “I have a Ravenel relative up there,” followed by a long pause and a kind, friendly smile before he told her that he'd tell the fella' to treat her nice. His buddy, Ray Toler, tried to pooh-pooh her move one more time by noting what a train wreck the Seattle board is, to which Goodloe-Johnson again responded, “You prepared me well.”

Brian Moody was the one that looked forward, considering a future without the superintendent.

“This board is committed largely because of your leadership,” Moody said. “Hopefully there’s a legacy of a strategy.”

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