Pulley appointed superintendent
Members of the board are shown here with Dr. Margie Pulley, who was named permanent superintendent of Greenwood Public Schools Tuesday night. They are, from left, member Barbara Gray, board secretary Anjuan Brown, Pulley, board president Margaret Clark, board member Elizabeth “Pann” Powers and board member Jimmy Carter.

Dr. Margie Pulley is shedding her interim title and taking on the permanent position as superintendent of the Greenwood Public School District.

The School Board voted 4-0 Tuesday to give the job to Pulley, with Anjuan Brown abstaining.

“I can assure you that we’re going to work hard to do what’s right for the boys and girls, and I appreciate your vote of confidence,” said Pulley, who has served temporarily since Les Daniels retired in June.

Brown said Pulley is doing a good job but he had a problem with the search process.

The board conducted an in-house search only. It sent inquiries to 10 qualified employees of the school system, but only Pulley responded as an applicant.

“I felt that we should have gone out and conducted a superintendent search,” Brown said. “We owed that to the children and to the community.”

Brown wanted to hire a consultant to help identify qualified candidates. If Pulley had been the best of those, he would have been to first to nominate her, he said.

Board President Margaret Clark said the internal search was motivated by economic concerns and mentioned possible state budget cuts as a factor. Hiring a consultant would have cost at least $20,000, she said.

“We just decided that we would look inside first,” Clark said.

Pulley has done a wonderful job so far, according to Clark, and the board will continue to support her in her frequently stated goals of “creating student success” and “academics first.”

“That’s what we’re here for,” Clark said.

Pulley’s contract begins immediately and runs through June 30, 2012.

The board removed a $250-per-month travel expense and a life insurance policy that were included in Daniels’ contract.

“All of this is agreeable with Dr. Pulley,” board member Pann Powers said, noting that Pulley already has state-provided insurance, can use district vehicles in town and will be reimbursed for mileage on trips.

The board had met with Pulley behind closed doors for about 30 minutes before announcing the hire.

Also, Tuesday the board discussed plans for an accreditation visit from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on Feb. 8-11. Application forms have been submitted, and the school board will hold a one-hour work session Jan. 29 at 5:15 p.m. to discuss them.

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