2017-10-11 / Front Page

School trustee surprisingly submits letter of resignation

Ledger Staff Writer

Cherokee County School Trustee Ron Garner announced Monday that he will resign at the end of October.

In a carefully worded letter of resignation, Garner questioned whether a school board is even needed.

Garner had received multiple questions about his future plans since his house on College Drive went on the market this spring. Garner said a time of soul-searching over the weekend led him to decide to leave the school board before his 4-year term expires next August.

“I realize I will not be missed from the Board as operations will continue as normal,” Garner wrote in his resignation letter to board chairman J.J. Sarratt. “Seven years ago, I thought that our Board could make a difference for our students but now I have a better handle on the reality of administrative operations and the powerless ineffectual position of our board. I also know that the District’s operations would not be adversely affected if this Board were dissolved.”

Garner and his wife, Nancy, will move from Gaffney to Florence to live near family and grandchildren once their house on College Drive sells.

“After much thought and consideration, Nancy and I have decided once our house sells we will not maintain a residence in Gaffney,” Garner said. “Although this move is not imminent, the process will accelerate next month therefore I am now submitting my resignation as Board member…”

A 1992 state law requires school trustees to maintain a legal residence in the district they represent.

A special election will not be necessary to replace Garner on the school board since his resignation occurred less than 10 months from the 2018 board elections. The school board will operate with eight members until elections are held in August.

“Our district will continue to march on,” Garner said. “The rewarding part of my service has been my opportunities to speak to the students and offer them words of encouragement and counsel.”

Trustee Billy Blackwell disagreed with Garner’s contention that the board was ineffective.

“I wish Mr. Garner well,” Blackwell said. “There are some things I disagree with him about. The administration does their job by making recommendations. I feel the board has an important role in reviewing information provided by the district and making decisions that impact schools.”

Attempts to obtain a response from Cherokee County School Superintendent Dr. Quincie Moore were unsuccessful.

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