Charleston County School District trustees called off a vote on a proposal intended to improve struggling schools that critics have said would invite too much private involvement in public education.

The Reimagine Schools proposal on the agenda Monday was discussed by school officials late last year, and was up for approval at the board’s 5:30 p.m. meeting. But at the start of a 4 p.m. Committee of the Whole meeting where trustees were slated to consider the proposal for an initial OK, Trustee Lauren Herterich made a motion to remove the Reimagine Schools proposal from the committee agenda, with the intent of gathering public input on the plan.

“Given the feedback, we feel there’s a lot of questions surrounding this,” said Trustee Courtney Waters, who seconded the motion to remove the item from Tuesday’s agenda. Waters said time was needed to dispel “hearsay” on the plan.

The Reimagine Schools proposal would set aside more than $31 million to close achievement gaps in some local schools, working with leaders from the nonprofit Coastal Community Foundation, based in North Charleston, which presented the proposal last month.

During public comment following the move to delay the vote, teachers, principals, and parent organization representatives voiced opposition to the plan. The proposal has drawn criticism from activists and lawmakers over the past month, with S.C. Rep. Marvin Pendarvis, D-North Charleston, saying he was “concerned” about the plan late last week.

At a press conference Monday, Pendarvis said, “The Reimagine Schools plan is the plan that has the potential to rob 11,000 children, the largest portion of which are in North Charleston, of their right to community-controlled public education.”

Debate over Reimagine Schools comes as the district is also beginning to search for a new district superintendent. Former district leader Gerrita Postlewait resigned late last year. Neither Postlewait or any district trustees have explained the reason for her departure.