AIKEN — The Aiken County Board of Education named four finalists Tuesday in the search for a new superintendent to follow retiring Dr. Elizabeth Everitt.
Candidates Dr. Ahmed Sean Alford, King Laurence, Dr. Kevin O’Gorman and Dr. Mark Petersen were announced as finalists after a closed-door meeting of about an hour.
Laurence is an associate superintendent for instruction and accountability with the district, while O’Gorman previously held that position. O’Gorman currently is associate superintendent for instruction and accountability in Berkeley County.
Columbia County school board members voted unanimously Tuesday to deny a charter school petition to the group behind the proposed Columbia County School for the Arts.
The denial is the second in two years for the proposed charter school, which planned to offer a curriculum infused with arts and foreign language instruction that would eventually serve children from kindergarten through high school. The group’s petition can still be approved by the state Charter School Commission, which will hold hearings on the petitions next month in Atlanta.