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School Board still talking about if Williams will continue to lead

Leila Williams

Leila Williams

The Colleton County School Board voted 6-1 at its recent meeting to allow one more month of contractual negotiations with its Superintendent, Leila Williams.

The board has been talking with Williams about the terms of her incoming contract for months, with no deal yet on the table. Last Tuesday’s vote gave Williams until the next Committee of the Whole board meeting in November to sign the existing deal before the board moves forward with another plan.

Williams says her contract is simply up for renewal and that there is an ongoing “mutual conversation” between her and the board about her extension. Her original contract began three years ago, and expires June 2014. “The discussion is whether or not there will be an extension,” said Williams.

Board member Willie Bowman is more vivid in his description about the negotiation.

He emphatically said, “The public sees the ridiculousness of continuing these talks. Enough is enough.”

Bowman’s was the lone vote to give the two bodies more time to come to an agreement. According to Bowman, the board has been in negotiations with Williams since January of this year. There is no exact plan on what steps will happen next if no deal is met. Board Chairman John Barnes could not be reached for comment.

“The amount of time we have negotiated about this has been long enough,” said Bowman. “How many times do you have to ask someone, a person, to continue to work for you? It has become obvious to me these negotiations have come to an end.”

In other school board news: Cottageville Elementary was named first place in this month’s district clean school award. Cottageville Elementary had 120 points. Following in second place was Forest Hills Elementary with 119 points, and Colleton County High School took third with 118 points. Each school was presented with a plaque for their accomplishment. “The schools are really, really looking good,” said Chris Stroble, administrative assistant in the district office.

The school board meets again on Nov. 12, at 6 p.m., inside the board room of the Colleton Annex Learning Center.

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