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Morgan's contract extended to 2016

School trustees approve action with 7-2 vote

Posted: November 3, 2011 4:48 p.m.
Updated: November 4, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Dr. Frank Morgan

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan’s contract has been extended an additional two years. The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees on Tuesday approved extending the contract from June 30, 2014, to June 30, 2016. The 7-2 vote, with trustees Nissary Wood and Dr. Don Copley opposed, followed an executive session.

Before trustees cast their votes, Board Chairman Joey Dorton said the decision to extend Morgan’s contract came after a critical review of his performance.

“The school board is pleased with the outstanding job that Dr. Morgan has done, especially with the student performance in both elementary and secondary education and a renewed focus on literacy as evidenced by this past year’s test scores,” Dorton said.

He said board members praised Morgan’s leadership during the executive session. In particular, Dorton credited Morgan for accomplishments during the past year including having seniors’ ACT scores reaching an all-time high; PASS scores exceeding state averages at every grade level in writing, English, language arts and math; the district receiving a $300,000 mentoring grant; and obtaining the “best results possible” during the district’s annual financial audit completed by an external independent CPA firm.

During the 2011-12 academic year, the board asked Morgan to focus on curriculum and instruction.

Wednesday afternoon, Wood said she only voted against extending Morgan’s contract an additional two years because she felt it wasn’t fair to other district employees who are granted only annual contracts.

“His contract had already been extended to 2014. We have employees -- teachers -- who deal with the minds of children and we only give them yearly contracts,” Wood said. “I’m not downplaying anything that he’s done, and I have nothing negative to say about him, but I’m not willing to commit to 2016.”

What you do for one, she said, you should also do for others.

Copley also said his decision to vote against the contract extension didn’t mean he was unsatisfied with the superintendent’s performance.

“I’m not in disagreement with the evaluation and this has nothing to do with his performance, but he already had a contract through 2014. I felt that extending it another two years was too long; there’s too many variables,” Copley said. “I would have compromised with a one-year extension. By 2016, there will be different school board members and things can change.”

This year, as has been the case for several years, Morgan declined a raise. He also declined an incentive bonus. He said he will not take a raise until other employees receive one.

Morgan is currently in his fifth year as superintendent with the school district.


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