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Parents demand answers from CCSD superintendent on principal's accusations

Dozens of parents and even some students showed up at a Charleston County School District constituent board meeting Wednesday to protest the alleged mistreatment of James B. Edwards Elementary principal Jake Rambo. (Brodie Hart/WCIV)

Dozens of parents and even some students showed up at a Charleston County School District constituent board meeting Wednesday to protest the alleged mistreatment of James B. Edwards Elementary principal Jake Rambo.

Parents of students talked loudly over one another at times, demanding answers from CCSD Supertindent Gerrita Postlewait and board members at the meeting. The anger stemmed originally from word Rambo was being transferred to a new school, and also the revelation Tuesday that Rambo was resigning.

CCSD officials confirmed Wednesday Rambo has announced his intention to resign from the district at the end of this school year, effective June 30. The announcement came as the district refuted claims made by Rambo in a controversial resignation letter since made public.

ABC News 4 obtained a copy of the letter Wednesday. In it, Rambo says he had been asked by district officials to misrepresent why he was being transferred from James B. Edwards to another school. Rambo claimed in the letter district officials told him he was being moved because of:

  • student MAP test scores;
  • a lack of diverse experience;
  • and, his refusal to create improvement plans for his teachers measured by student test scores.

Meanwhile, Rambo said in the letter Supt. Postlewait and Charleston County School Board members repeatedly told parents his move was "unequivocally not about test scores."

“Mr. Rambo was not moved because of MAP scores,” board member Kate Darby said again during Wednesday's meeting.

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Postelwait addressed the crowd, apologizing for the way the issue had been handled, but she noted she stood by her decision to move Rambo.

Darby reiterated later her position Rambo misrepresented the facts in his resignation letter when he said he’d been told he was being moved due to MAP scores, but stopped short of calling him a liar.

In its statement on the matter Wednesday, the school district said it has followed state law and S.C. Board of Education regulations regarding the evaluation process for teachers.

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