Edgefield superintendent talks stall

Ron Cockerille/Staff
Frank Roberson has moved into the office of the superintendent and says he wants a deal.

EDGEFIELD, S.C. - An impasse between Frank Roberson and the Edgefield County School Board means his status as the district's next superintendent is in serious doubt.


According to sources close to the school district, Dr. Roberson's contract negotiations with the school board have stalled, and the prospects of either side changing its position are slim.

At issue is a clause in Dr. Roberson's contract that would give the superintendent the flexibility and the ability to leave the district - with a 60-day notice - over the course of a multi-year contract.

Dr, Roberson - who spent Monday moving into the school district office vacated by former Superintendent Sharon Keesley last week - said he is ready to officially become the county's next superintendent if and when a contract is signed.

Dr. Keesley's contract expired June 30, as did Dr. Roberson's assistant superintendent contract.

"All I know is that we are negotiating still," said school board Chairwoman Sallie Cooks. "Anything else would be my opinion. We're still negotiating this."

Dr. Roberson said he hopes an agreement can be reached.

"Whatever the final results of the contractual negotiations are, I am convinced that the school board is going to take the appropriate action," he said. "I will be committed to assisting the board in whichever direction it goes."

Dr. Roberson, 51, was chosen by the school board this spring to replace Ms. Keesley.

A native of Aiken County, he arrived in Edgefield County last year from the Aiken County School District.