JOHNSTON, S.C. – In a special called meeting Monday evening, the Edgefield County school board voted to hire veteran educator Walter L. Tobin as the district’s interim superintendent.
Following an hour-long interview held in closed session, the board voted 4-1, with no discussion, to hire Tobin. School board Chairman Brad Covar and board member Chris Hoffman left before the vote.
A sharply divided school board fired the last superintendent, Mary Rice Crenshaw, after evaluating her behind closed doors. The 5-2 vote to fire Crenshaw, who is black, fell along racial lines, with the white members voting to terminate her.
Tobin began his teaching career at Voorhees High School in Denmark, S.C., in 1964 and served as a coach and counselor.
He brings more than 40 years of experience in South Carolina schools, serving as principal, secondary supervisor and director of adult education. He retired from Orangeburg School District 5 in 1999 after serving seven years as superintendent. He served as interim superintendent for five school districts between 2001 and 2007, in Denmark-Olar School District 2, Calhoun County, Fairfield County, Newberry County, and most recently, Spartanburg School District 7.
Should Tobin accept the position, which is considered likely, Acting Superintendent Carol Lenderman will resume her duties as assistant superintendent for instructional services.
The board hasn’t announced a timeline for hiring a permanent superintendent.