Berkeley County School District Superintendent Brenda Blackburn resigned last week, according to a district news release.
The Board of Education accepted her resignation during a special called meeting on Friday and appointed Deon Jackson, who was the district’s chief administrative officer, as interim superintendent, the news release said.
Blackburn became the district’s superintendent in November 2015. Previously, she was superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools in western Virginia.
“We are a strong and exceptional district, and just as our teachers rise every day to meet the challenges of our students, this board is committed to rising to the challenges facing the district in a straightforward and transparent manner,” board Chairwoman Sally Wofford said in the news release.
The board hired Raleigh-based consulting firm Harding Parker and Associates LLC to “provide leadership and expertise regarding the operations of the school district,” the news release said.
“We are confident Mr. Jackson, with the support of Harding Parker and Associates, will build a foundation of trust with the public and the district that will take us to heights unknown,” Wofford said in the news release. “The board is fully aware of the short-term pain that our stakeholders may feel, but we are committed to long-term gains that are transparent and based on integrity.”
The consulting firm will conduct a search for the next superintendent while Jackson serves as interim superintendent.
“I am committed to working with our employees during this transition to carry forward the board’s vision of integrity-based decision making in all we do to deliver what is in the best interest of our children,” Jackson said in the news release.
Blackburn’s resignation comes about a month after the district fired longtime CFO Brantley Thomas, who is under investigation for criminal misconduct.