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Berkeley school board chooses Dr. Eddie Ingram of Darlington as new BCSD superintendent

Dr. Eddie Ingram, Berkeley County School District Superintendent (Provided)

Berkeley County school leaders have chosen an in-state candidate for the district's next superintendent.

Berkeley County's Board of Education hired Dr. Eddie Ingram Tuesday as the new BCSD superintendent.

Ingram, who had served as schools superintendent in Darlington County since 2013, will receive a $205,000 annual salary and a $10,000 relocation stipend as part of his contract, district officials say.

Ingram was the most experienced of three finalists for the job selected by the board, with over 36 years in public education.

Prior to his time in Darlington, Ingram spent four years as superintendent of Franklin County Schools in North Carolina. He has also worked for North Carolina’s state education department, and held other administrative roles in North Carolina schools.

Ingram takes over after former BCSD superintendent Brenda Blackburn resigned in March amid an FBI investigation of former BCSD chief financial officer Brantley Thomas.

Thomas was fired in February. Board members say a week later Thomas had admitted to stealing nearly $400,000 from the district.

Blackburn's resignation came just shy of two years after she was hired. Blackburn replaced previous BCSD superintendent Rodney Thompson, who was indicted by a state grand jury on ethics charges in April 2015.

Thompson pleaded guilty in Dec. 2016 to public corruption after authorizing the illegal use of taxpayer money to influence the outcome of a 2012 vote on a $200 million tax increase to fund construction of new Berkeley County schools.

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