Gerrita Postlewait, superintendent of the Charleston County School District (CCSD), resigned Wednesday after six years following an executive session at a special meeting called by the district’s board of trustees.
A motion to accept Postlewait’s resignation passed with six votes in favor from chairman Eric Mack and board members Courtney Waters, Kate Darby, Kristen French, Joyce Green and Lauren Herterich. Trustees Helen Frazier voted against the measure, and Erica Cokley abstained from the vote.
A motion to name CCSD CFO Don Kennedy as interim superintendent effective Jan. 3 passed with six votes in favor from Mack, Waters, Darby, French, Green and Herterich. Votes against the motion came from Cokley and Frazier.
Wednesday’s special meeting of the board was announced Tuesday, in keeping with state law requiring 24 hours notice for non-regularly scheduled meetings. District leaders also held a Dec. 16 special meeting with the only item on the agenda being executive session and possible action on a personnel matter, but no action was taken.
Postlewait’s resignation comes as the district considers sweeping changes that could open the door for more public-private involvement in district planning, a move critics say could allow too much influence from outside operators.