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Morgan's contract extended through 2014

Posted: December 3, 2010 4:41 p.m.
Updated: December 6, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan’s contract has been extended for an additional year, and is now scheduled to run through June 30, 2014.

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees approved the contract extension after its executive session during last week’s board meeting.

Trustee Charles King II opposed. Trustee Sherri Brosius abstained. Trustees Carol Thompson and Andy James were not present for the vote.

Before voting, Chairman Joey Dorton said the board conducted a performance evaluation of Morgan during executive session and commended him on his commitment to the students of Kershaw County and the school district’s academic process.

“Dr. Morgan has done an outstanding job under very difficult circumstances,” Dorton said. “In spite of the many budget challenges we have faced, he has maintained a very direct focus on instruction.”

Additionally, Dorton said Morgan led the school district through a successful redistricting process and completed the facilities equalization program during the past year.

On Friday morning, King, who was the only dissenting vote against the contract extension, said he felt that there were areas that could stand improvement by Dr. Morgan, and also did not feel that it was prudent to grant an additional extension when Morgan’s contract didn’t end until 2013.

“I believe in full disclosure, and as such I feel the public should be privy to more of the intricacies of the superintendent's evaluation. I also think there were some defined areas of the overall evaluation that should have been specifically addressed and were not, especially some areas that needed improvement,” he said. “Regarding the contract extension, I voted against that because I think that the current contract was adequate and lengthy enough at this time, as it carried Dr. Morgan's tenure out through 2012. To add to that, in my opinion, was somewhat extemporaneous.”

Dorton said the board commended Morgan for his exemplary leadership, ensuring administrative procedures, support of board policies, thorough and thoughtful preparation of a proposed budget in light of stringent cuts in state funding, excellent communication skills and involvement in community-based activities, as well as his energy and enthusiasm and efforts to ensure strong communication.

The school board and Morgan have committed to work together to refine and strengthen the educational programs offered to all students of the district with a continued emphasis on instruction and literacy.

The board’s next meeting will begin 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at Camden Middle School, 902 McRae Road, Camden.

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