Horry County Schools Superintendent Dr. Cindy Elsberry resigned her position Monday night after serving the district since 2008.
It was unclear late Monday why she resigned.
Board Chairman Joe DeFeo announced her resignation Monday during a Board of Education special meeting, where the announced purpose was to discuss personnel/legal advice about Elsberry’s contract in an executive session. The school board had reviewed her contract in executive sessions during three of the past four weeks.
DeFeo and other board members could not be reached for comment Monday night after the meeting.
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“Due to her extraordinary contribution to our district, community, and state, the board has accepted Dr. Elsberry’s resignation,” said Teal Harding, district spokeswoman, in a news release Monday.
Elsberry’s last day will be Dec. 31, 2014, but she has agreed to perform consulting services for the District as may be requested by the Board for the remainder of the school year.
Elsberry earned $215,414 annually – nearly $18,000 per month – according to The Sun News' salary database. In 2012 she earned $207,050, not including benefits.
She became superintendent of the school district – the third largest in South Carolina – in July 2008, with a contract that extended through 2016.
She came to Horry County after six years as superintendent with Talladega County Schools in Alabama and has been a teacher and an administrator in Alabama and Georgia, as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama.
The superintendent was one of 25 women in the United States who have been nominated for the American School Boards Association’s Women in School Leadership Award in 2012.
In June 2006, Dr. Bobby Nalley was appointed acting superintendent after the resignation of Dr. Gerrita Postlewait, who retired after ten years.
At the time of his appointment, the Board discussed its expectations for the 2006-2007 school year. Nalley was asked to keep the district moving forward on student achievement under plans already in place for the year, according to school board minutes from December 2006.
Nalley was given an “outstanding” rating by the board for the 2006-07 school year.
The superintendent position was open for nearly two years before three finalists were chosen in 2007..
The board refused to make a decision in May 2007 after an initial superintendent search, so they hired a firm and selected Elsberry in 2008.