Governor's School Controversy Continues

State superintendent "very concerned"

Evan Smith
July 08, 2019 - 3:54 pm

Concerns are growing about the controversy at the state’s two governor’s schools.

State Superintendent Molly Spearman has come out to express her concern over the recent no-confidence votes taken against the heads of the state’s Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics and the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.

Saying she was “very concerned” by the developments, Spearman said she “has been kept apprised” of the conflict and called upon the schools to act cohesively in order to continue what she deemed their “stories success.”

That success has been up in the air as of late, after faculty at the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities took a no-confidence vote against the Greenville school’s president, Cedric Adderly, back in spring.

The staff of the school for science and mathematics held a similar no confidence vote against President Hector Flores on June 3, saying they had no confidence in his ability to lead.

Worth noting is that the votes are not some formal process, and that the two votes are ostensibly unrelated from one another, but merely arose within a similar time-span.

Both schools are governed by independent boards of directors but receive more than $23 million in combined funding from the South Carolina Legislature.

The boards of the schools have also come under recent scrutiny from staff and alumni.

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