Charleston County school board to vote on new superintendent contract

Gerrita Postlewait meets Daryl Evans (from right), Elliot Ditlihay, Kathleen Magliacane and Yvonne Marshall during her visit to Charleston County School District offices while she was interviewing for the superintendent’s job.

The Charleston County School District Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday to approve a contract for the newly appointed superintendent.

By a vote of 5-4, the school board selected Gerrita Postlewait, a former Horry County superintendent, as its new leader last Thursday. Her divisive appointment immediately drew criticism and backlash from civic leaders and community activists, including Charleston NAACP President Dot Scott and North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey. Both felt the district’s eight-month search process was unfair and lacked transparency.

The board is scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m. July 8 before taking a public vote on her contract at district headquarters at 75 Calhoun St.

Postlewait started her career in education administration in 1986 as superintendent of Wetzel County Schools in West Virginia. She moved to Horry County in 1992 to serve as chief academic officer and interim superintendent before being promoted to superintendent in 1996. She stepped down from that role a decade later to care for her ailing mother in Phoenix.

From 2006 to 2013, she was the chief K-12 officer for the Stupski Foundation, a San Francisco-based education reform nonprofit. She later worked for the innovation arm of ACT, the college-entrance exam developer. She left her role at ACT earlier this year in order to apply for the district’s open superintendent position.

Postlewait was hired over two other candidates: CCSD Deputy Superintendent for Academics Lisa Herring and Terri Breeden of Virginia.

Reach Deanna Pan at 937-5764.