COLUMBIA - The State Board of Education confirmed Wednesday the temporary appointment of a former deputy superintendent to a new position overseeing South Carolina's public residential school for troubled teens.

Superintendent of Education Mick Zais selected his former deputy, Meka Childs, for the position of chief operating officer of the John de la Howe School in McCormick. Childs also ran as a Republican to become the state's next superintendent of education, but lost in the eight-way primary in June.

The position at the school is temporary and is expected to last about four months. She'll receive $8,000 a month during the time she's there.

"We needed somebody who can hit the ground running," Scott English, chief operating officer, said of Childs during the meeting. "We felt like we needed someone who was prepared to start as soon as possible."

Childs has worked as an education policy advisor for former Gov. Mark Sanford. She also worked for Zais as deputy for policy and research, and for school effectiveness from 2011 through 2014.

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