Interview dates set for Charleston superintendent finalists

Terri Breeden (from left), Lisa Herring and Gerrita Postlewait have been named finalists for superintendent of the Charleston County School District.

The three finalists for Charleston County schools superintendent will go through detailed interviews when they visit the school district later this month.

Interviews will be held June 22 to 24 for the finalists: Charleston County Deputy Superintendent of Academics Lisa Herring; former Horry County Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait; and Terri Breeden, assistant superintendent of the department of instruction for Loudoun County Public Schools in Ashburn, Va.

Postlewait will interview on June 22, Herring on June 23 and Breeden on June 24. Each candidate’s interview will include school building tours and meetings with school district staff.

Community receptions for the candidates will be held on each of the three days from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the school district’s main office at 75 Calhoun St. in downtown Charleston.

The board is searching for a new schools chief to replace Superintendent Nancy McGinley, who resigned under fire last year over her handling of an allegedly racially charged postgame celebration by Academic Magnet High School’s football team.

The school board announced the three finalists on June 4 after completing interviews with nine semifinalists.

Herring joined the school district in 2009 serving as executive director for student support services, associate superintendent of academic and instructional support and chief academic officer. She was named deputy superintendent of academics in November following McGinley’s resignation.

Postlewait’s candidacy has come under fire over concerns she met with some school board members before the group began its formal search for a superintendent in March. Postlewait is currently working as assistant vice president of the Iowa-based testing company ACT. She was superintendent of Horry County Schools from 1996 to 2006.

Breeden has been with Loudoun County Public Schools since 2014. She previously worked for eight years with Fairfax County Public Schools in northern Virginia, serving as assistant superintendent of professional learning.

But Breeden’s time with Loudoun County schools is coming to an end. Loudoun schools spokesman Wayde Byard said on Friday that Breeden’s resignation was accepted by the school board last month. She will remain employed with the district until June 30. The spokesman declined to provide any information about Breeden’s departure, saying it was part of her personnel file and not public information. Breeden said in an email that she’s been asked to defer all media requests until her interview on June 24.