Marino formally tells Berkeley board he’s leaving

Berkeley County School Board member Scott Marino gave notice Tuesday to the board that he plans to resign his seat to move to Texas for a job opportunity.

Marino, who in one year on the board has established himself as a watchdog, told The Post and Courier last week that his family is moving, and he planned to leave the District 9 seat by the end of the year.

The only board member who rated Superintendent Rodney Thompson as “highly unsatisfactory” on his annual performance evaluation in May, Marino also said last week he believes Thompson “has failed our district and our children,” and the district “deserves better leadership.”

Tuesday, he took a more subtle approach.

“I want to thank the chairman (Kent Murray) specifically for the kindness he has shown me even when we have disagreed,” he said. “I wish this district the best. I challenge this board to stand up for what is right and to have high morals and integrity. Surely little else matters if our community does not trust us.”

After Marino’s announcement, Murray thanked him for his service.

Marino, who worked for Santee Cooper, is a product of Berkeley County schools, and his wife, Lindsey Marino, is assistant principal of the district’s Westview Primary School. They have three children.

Marino’s seat will be filled by a special election for District 9 residents about three months after his departure, according to the Berkeley County Election Commission. The school district last held a special election in 2008, after District 2 representative Dan Kingsbury moved.

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