Superintendent’s resignation accepted

Following an emotional speech, the Williston District 29 school board unanimously granted Superintendent Dr. Tom Siler's request to be released from his contract, effective September 9.
The move came during a special-called August 5 meeting where the board received legal advice about Siler's resignation. He is leaving to become superintendent of Lexington District 2.
"This board has been a constant support of the programs and goals of the administration to move our district forward. During our time together we have enjoyed success and experienced sadness," said Siler, citing the loss of board chairman Calvin Melton last year.
Since the district's inception in 1951, Siler said many administrators, board members and community leaders have passed through their doors with many more to come.
"Our goal, my goal has been to create progress as a springboard for those who will walk in our steps coming from behind moving us forward," he said. "The unity in the leadership that sits before us will carry us in realizing the goals and plans that have taken root in our progress for a bright future in education."
While Siler thanked the board for their support during his tenure, they also expressed their appreciation for his services in leading the district the past two school years. "We wish Dr. Siler every success in his future personal and professional endeavors," stated Chairman Billy Williams.
Ferlecia Cuthbertson, the board's newest member who is also active in the district as a parent, said she really appreciates the "structure" Siler brought to Williston.
"We will miss you. You have done us a tremendous service," said Doris Young, the only board member who was on the board when Siler was hired in 2012.
The board and Dr. Siler will work together to "ensure a smooth transition" and said they hope to have an announcement about the future of the district at their regular August 19 meeting.
In other news:
The board hired nine certified staff for the 2014-15 school year: Egeria Bostick as a reading coach at Kelly Edwards Elementary, Donna Michelle Bryan as a middle school teacher, Ashley Cook as a middle school teacher, Crissy Johnson as an elementary teacher, Lawrence Kelly as a middle and high school physical education teacher, Megan A. Kowalski as a middle school teacher, Dr. Eric Robertson as a middle school teacher, Tracie Sweet as the Title 1 facilitator at KEES, and Bobby Wilson Tyler as a high school math teacher.
The board approved the transfer of nine students into the district for the new school year, including one from Denmark, four from Barnwell District 45, one from Orangeburg 4, and two who are children of a district employee. The final student was approved on the condition Aiken County would release them during an August 12 meeting.
Board members Charles Melton and Mike Hutto were selected to work with Charles Everhart, the district's finance director, over the next two weeks on proposals they received for a facility study.