A district spokesperson has confirmed that the Charleston County School District Board of Trustees went into executive session this morning at 8:30 to discuss a personnel matter.

Under state Freedom of Information laws, public bodies are allowed to go into executive session, which is not open to the public or the press, to discuss “employment, appointment, compensation, promotion, demotion, discipline, or release of an employee, a student, or a person regulated by a public body or the appointment of a person to a public body.” A public body is required to vote in public before going into executive session, and it must adjourn the executive session and return to the public eye before voting on any action.

UPDATE, 10:45 a.m.: The district has released the following statement:

The Charleston County School District Board of Trustees and Dr. McGinley and have a professional employment contract that outlines the relationship and course of conduct between them. Among other responsibilities, the contract provides for the Board to annually evaluate Dr. McGinley’s performance as superintendent. Both Dr. McGinley and the Board are committed to honoring their contractual responsibilities.

While the Superintendent’s annual performance evaluation was initially scheduled to take place at this afternoon’s Board meeting, with Dr. McGinley’s consent the Board has determined it most appropriate to postpone the evaluation meeting and the Board meeting until the board meets again.

Accordingly, the Board will postpone the evaluation matter. In the interim, we will continue appropriate discussions with the Superintendent as to how the District and community may best move forward. We appreciate the understanding, patience, and support of the Charleston community during this process.

According to the CCSD website, tonight’s school board meeting, which was scheduled for 5 p.m., has been cancelled.

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