Former Darlington school chief Knight to lead search for new superintendent

BY JIM FAILE Hartsville Messenger jfaile@hartsvillemessenger.com

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Former Darlington County School District Superintendent Rainey Knight will lead the search for a new superintendent for Darlington County schools.

The Darlington County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to put Knight in charge of the search.

Knight said after the vote that she will begin in the coming weeks putting together recruitment materials and application packets for potential candidates.

She said she would have more details about how she plans to proceed with a search in the next few weeks.

She said she would screen candidates and make recommendations to the board.

Knight said she probably will focus her search on the Southeast.

Superintendent Eddie Ingram resigned last week after accepting the position of superintendent with the Berkeley County School District. His resignation from Darlington County becomes effective Sunday, and he begins his new duties with Berkeley County on Monday. He is taking leave for his remaining time with the Darlington County School District.

Ingram has been superintendent in Darlington County since mid-2013.

Knight served as superintendent in Darlington County from October 1999 until her retirement in June 2013.

The board on Thursday named veteran educator Willie “Bill” Boyd Sr., the district’s associate superintendent, as acting superintendent until an interim superintendent is named is named. On Monday, Boyd was named the interim superintendent. Boyd has been with the school district in a number of capacities for nearly 50 years.

The board voted Monday to give Boyd a salary supplement of $2,500 per month while he is interim superintendent and vehicle allowance of $500 per month. Those become effective on Sunday.

The meeting was Boyd’s first as acting superintendent. He thanked the district staff for helping to make his transition into the position.

Board members thanked Boyd for his willingness to serve as acting superintendent.

“I think the transition has gone pretty well so far,” board Chairman Jamie Morphis said.

“The transition has been seamless,” board member Wanda Hassler said.

Boyd told the board that all district schools have reported that they are ready to accept students back for the first day of school on Thursday.

“All of our schools are ready,” he said.