HOLLY HILL — The superintendent in Orangeburg Consolidated School District Three must live in Orangeburg County, the Board of Trustees have decreed.
The board, in a split vote March 13, amended Dr. Cynthia Cash-Greene’s contract to require that she “establish and maintain a residence in Orangeburg County and maintain a visible and active presence within the district.”
Betty Shuler, chairman, said the board discussed the section of the superintendent’s contract related to residency more than two years ago but “never took a formal vote.”
Cash-Greene’s original contact stipulated she must establish and maintain a residence within the district, but the board later verbally consented that she must only reside within Orangeburg County.
Trustees Betty Shuler, Dr. Ida Damon, Catherine Shuler and Robert Williams voted to support the amendment but not before Trustee Vernell Goodwin made a motion to amend the amendment.
She proposed that the contract require the superintendent “to establish a residence where she lives.”
“She establishes where she lives at night. She has to reside there, not just have a home purchased there but reside there in ... Orangeburg County,” Goodwin said.
The amendment to the amendment didn’t pass but it was supported by Goodwin, Alice Pickney and the Rev. Dennis White.
“The superintendent is visible in the district. She is attending events,” Damon said. “She is definitely doing what needs to be done.”
Cash-Greene told The Times and Democrat, “I’m following my contract that the board approved in 2009 and revisited in 2012.”
Her contract expires in 2014.
“This district is moving in the right direction and with students as the focus,” Cash-Greene said. “We are transforming this district so that our students are prepared in this 21st century technologically, intellectually, emotionally and globally.”
Cash-Greene maintained that she is “visible” within the school district.
Her contract permits her to use a vehicle owned and maintained by the district for professional and personal use.
Goodwin noted, “ ... to drive a state vehicle back and forth to Richland County and not residing in Orangeburg County, that’s where I have an issue and concern and other people in the community have concerns.”
In other business:
* Cash-Greene reported that 812 students are enrolled at Lake Marion High School. Enrollment is down by 11 students, she said.
* Evangelist Gaynelle Walters urged the board to reconsider holding board meetings in a larger venue. She said when several citizens arrived at the meeting, they left after seeing there weren’t any chairs available either in the hall or in a small overflow room.
* Louise Watson, a parent, spoke about concerns of violent acts by another student against her child. She said she wasn’t satisfied with how the school administration handled the situation.
The next OCSD 3 Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, at the district office on Camden Road in Holly Hill.
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