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In the wake of the resignation of longtime Superintendent Nancy McGinley, Charleston County School District announced today that it will begin conducting a national search for her replacement.

Community leaders including Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. have been calling on the school board to re-hire McGinley, with some hoping that the replacement of three school board members in the November election meant the new board might have enough votes to reverse its October decision. But in today’s press release, CCSD said it would be moving forward with a search for a new superintendent, with more details to be released in January.

The release states:

The Charleston County School District has faced a number of significant and well documented circumstances in recent weeks. The Board met today to ensure that every member—including the three recently elected representatives—were fully apprised of all relevant legal issues as we move into the heart of the holiday season and begin a new calendar year.

While recent months have offered challenges there is much to celebrate in the coming days, not the least of which is CCSD’s excellent rating from the state – a significant, positive, and unprecedented achievement for the district.

After the first of the year, the Board will announce details concerning the process for conducting a thorough and professional national search for a new superintendent. We are confident that CCSD is well placed to compete for top national talent, and identifying the correct individual to lead the district is a top priority.

We wish to express great confidence in and support for [acting Superintendent] Mr. Michael Bobby and [Chief Academic Officer] Dr. Lisa Herring. As we close tomorrow for the winter holidays we wish families and our community which support us a restful and joyous holiday season.

The Board is entirely committed to maintaining our excellent rating for the 2015 school year and beyond, as well as providing the Charleston community with the first class educational programs our students and their families need and deserve.