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Berkeley School Board addresses SLED investigation

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Chair Doug Cooper starting the meeting off with long statement directly addressing the SLED investigation of Berkeley County's recent school bond referendum.

Cooper says he is not aware of anyone with the district who did anything not in good faith related to the bond referendum, "From everything I know, every one of our employees has acted in good faith in their efforts relating to the much needed school improvement referendum. A small group of disgruntled opponents who have personal, family and political agendas would like you to think otherwise."

He said the children needed the additional bond funding, and the citizens of Berkeley County overwhelmingly approved the referendum.

When he finishes his remarks, the audience clapped in agreement with his statement. The clapping lasted nearly a full minute. Various members of the audience wore "I support BCSD" stickers on their clothing.

Dr. Kent Murray was nominated and confirmed as the new board chairman. The rest of the new officers we're nominated and confirmed as well.

Superintendent Dr. Rodney Thompson had his annual performance review in the public meeting. 8 of the 9 board members had great things to say about his leadership. However, board member Scott Marino said, "It is my understanding that he communicates with a select few members of the board, and now he even refuses to meet with me." Marino is the only board member who gave Thompson a "unsatisfactory" review.

The full board then voted to give Thompson an overall "excellent" review, a 4% pay raise and an additional year on his current contract.

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