Aiken County School Superintendent and two school board members resign

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September 5, 2019

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. -- (WRDW/WAGT) The Aiken County School Board voted 6-2 to accept the resignation of Superintendent Sean Alford.

Dr. Alford has been the superintendent since August 2015.

Board members Tad Barber and Ahmed Samaha also submitted their resignation effective immediately following that vote. Samaha abstained from voting.

Both of them said they could not support the direction of this board.

Board member Rosemary English also announced her plans to resign by September 13.

The decision came following a three hour special-called meeting at the Aiken County Board of Education. The meeting was called to allow board members to hear legal advice on an 'employment matter', according to the release from the school district.

It was a contentious scene as the decision was announced to a large crowd. Many people yelled at the board, and some were even in tears.

An officer had to encourage people to leave as some tried to confront the board. Much of the frustration came from the board's decision to deny the public an opportunity to voice their opinion.

News 12 asked the BOE if they would comment on the decision, but they declined.

The school district plans to issue a statement Friday morning. Dr. Alford plans to release a statement as well.