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Group claims improper KCSD hiring practices

Posted: July 26, 2011 5:16 p.m.
Updated: July 27, 2011 5:00 a.m.

A letter from an anonymous group charges the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) with violating proper hiring practices. The group sent the letter -- addressed to Kershaw County Board of School Trustees Chairman Joey Dorton -- anonymously to board members, school principals and news outlets out of “fear of retaliation” from district office administrators.

In the letter, the group alleges a district office official said the decision to hire one Caucasian and two African-American principals to fill vacant positions at Jackson, Leslie M. Stover Middle and Midway Elementary schools was planned before an official interview process began.

According to the letter, “a complaint is currently being drafted and will be sent to the Office of Civil Rights upon its completion.” KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said Tuesday afternoon that an anonymous complaint cannot be filed with the Office of Civil Rights.

The author of the letter asked school trustees to investigate the issue and “share its findings with district principals and assistant principals through preferably Mr. Dorton or in his presence.”

KCSD Director for Communications Mary Anne Byrd said Tuesday afternoon the school district is “hesitant to take sides in an anonymous complaint.”

“We have a very diverse and well-qualified staff, and all of our hiring processes are in compliance with board policies and with the state and federal law,” Byrd said.

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