The Columbia County school board promoted Lakeside High School Principal Jeff Carney this morning.
Carney was selected as the Columbia County school system's next assistant superintendent. He will replace Lauren Williams, who is the associate superintendent of student learning. Williams is retiring after this school year.
The school board voted 4-1 in favor of Carney, with board member Mike Sleeper as the dissenting vote. Sleeper would not comment after the meeting on his reasons for voting against Carney.
Superintendent Charles Nagle said he recommended Carney for assistant superintendent for his ability to build consensus with teachers and his record of innovation for improving learning.
A graduate of Evans High School, Carney has worked in the Columbia County school system for 21 years, 16 years as an administrator.
Carney said he looks forward to making a larger contribution to the school system and "can't wait to get started doing that."
Williams' last day is May 31, but Carney said he didn't know when he will assume his new role. Though he will immediately start a transition process for his move to the central office, Carney said he first will need to make sure Lakeside is prepared for the upcoming school year.
Also at the meeting this morning, the board approved a resolution to put a $45 million bond referendum before voters in the July primary.
School officials said the bond would be used to start construction on a new Columbia Middle School, exact repairs to existing schools, make technology improvements and purchase school buses.
The bond would be repaid with proceeds from a new 1-percent sales tax also likely going before voters on July 20.
With an estimated earnings of between $108 million to $130 million collected from 2012-17, the sales tax would be used to pay off bond debt, replace Evans and Martinez elementary schools and potentially replace North Columbia Elementary, North Harlem Elementary, South Columbia Elementary, Harlem Middle and the alternative school.
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