Sources: Aiken County Superintendent's resignation was following complaint of threat against ex-staffer

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Friday, Sept. 6, 2019

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Aiken County Superintendent Dr. Sean Alford submitted his resignation Thursday night, leaving behind confused parents and upset supporters.

But the reason behind his sudden departure has remained largely a question mark.

However, sources close to the situation are providing some details on Alford's resignation.

Those sources say Alford's resignation comes on the heels of a complaint made against him.

Those sources stopped short of revealing the exact complaint, but said the complaint was a particularly violent threat made against a former employee.

The Aiken County School Board has released a statement on Alford's departure early Friday morning.

"The Board and Dr. Alford have reached an amicable resolution and Dr. Alford will resign effective September 13, 2019, to pursue other career opportunities. Dr. Alford wishes to thank the District for their support of him as superintendent during his years of service. The Board appreciates and acknowledges his excellent leadership and performance during his time as superintendent of Aiken County Public Schools."

Alford resigned at a school board meeting Thursday. Two other board members also resigned.

Alford also released a statement about his departure from the district.

It has been the highest honor of my professional career to serve as Aiken County’s Superintendent.

To ensure that our relationship promoted the goals of the District and community, it has always been my goal to work collaboratively with the members of our Board of Education, both collectively and individually. We have not always agreed on every issue, and I certainly would never expect us to do so, but I have made every effort possible to hear the thoughts and concerns of each board member while considering the important decisions for our organization.

This is not an ideal circumstance for our organization, however, the Board is operating within their scope of responsibility to select a superintendent of their choosing. I am confident that our employees will carry on with the same excellence they have displayed during my tenure as superintendent with whoever is selected as the District’s future leader.

I wish our ONE TEAM family all the best in the future and look forward to celebrating Aiken County Public School’s continued success.

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