Blackville Citizens Still Fighting to Keep the Current Superintendent in Office

Blackville, SC (WJBF) - There is more controversy in Blackville, South Carolina as the Blackville Hilda Public Schools (BHPS) School Board decides who's going to lead the district after they chose not to renew the current superintendent's contract.

Last month, the board voted not to renew the contract of superintendent Dr. Teresa Pope. Last week, her supporters sparked a heated argument outside of the meeting saying pope is a great leader for the school system.

Those supporters have chosen two candidates to run for positions on the school board, in hopes they'll win the election and keep Pope in office.

Just like last week's meeting, the school board went into executive session for an hour and a half on Thursday night, and when everyone was finally invited back into the room, they adjourned the meeting, saying no action was taken.

None of the school board members wanted to talk on camera, but they did confirm they have chosen one of the three superintendent candidates. They won't release that name until Monday or Tuesday of next week.

Still, Dr. Pope's supporters aren't giving up. "Everything has been out of order from the start," concerned citizen Ted Bellinger announced to the school board.

In less than 2 weeks, the School Board has held two special called meetings to discuss the same issues, a new superintendent and the current superintendent. Both have ended the same way.

"I thought they were going to discuss Dr. Pope, but as it turned out they say no action taken, but I think they had on their mind that she was going to be relieved of her job," Bellinger speculated.

Bellinger, with Concerned Citizens of Blackville, says he can't help but speak his mind and stand up for Doctor Pope, who he and many others believe is a good leader in the school system.

"If you don't recant what you're about to start doing, then I'm going to do, what I have to do," he told members of the school board Thursday night.

"I have never seen anything like this, this school board does not represent the citizens of Blackville," Audrey Davis said.

Blackville native Audrey Davis and Bellinger both say there is a division within the community over this issue. They hope there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

"I think that we can come together and work for the betterment of the students and the school district, so that this school district can grow," Bellinger said.

We'll continue to keep you updated with this story.

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