Hundreds Call For Sumter Superintendent's Job

10:25 PM, Jul 22, 2013   |    comments
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Sumter, SC (WLTX) - Over 800 people gathered at a Sumter School District meeting to voice their opposition against District Superintendent Randolph Bynum.

"I worked in the district from 2000-2012," said Ella Clark.

Ella Clark is just one of many former teachers in the Sumter School District that left because she does not agree with Superintendent Randolph Bynum's leadership.

"I know people they get up and go to work because they love it. They come home in tears; they come home beaten down, teachers who have never been there before."

Since Bynum was hired two years ago critics say there has been a dark cloud over the district.

Test scores are down, teachers are leaving and there's a SLED investigation over testing irregularities.

"I am a parent of three children in the Sumter School District," said Katie McLeod.

McLeod joined hundreds, calling for the termination of Bynum.

 "I went to school at Sumter High and this is the worst we have ever seen things and we just want a change."

Residents thought that change would come in Monday's meeting but board members voted to table the meeting until another day.

We asked Bynum if he would give a comment on the meeting and referred us to the board chairman for a comment.

"Until a new superintendent is chosen that crisis of confidence will never be resolved and until that crisis of confidence is resolved we can't begin to heal," said Russ Weinberg.

The board's next special called meeting will be this Thursday at 6 pm at the district office.



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