BARNWELL COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - Emotions ran high during the Blackville-Hilda Public Schools board meeting, Monday night. The superintendent, Dr. Teresa Pope, faced a few angry parents who said they were upset because of a failing school system.
"Over the last 8 years the school district has taken a decline," said Bill Deloach, a parent who spoke at the meeting. "We've gotten a failing grade for the last two years but yet we still pay our superintendent $117,000 plus travel."
Deloach said that teachers in the school district were not being compensated fairly.
"We have her personal secretary makes $44,000 a year and we have teachers here that have been in the system for 18 to 20 years with a masters degree; someone with a masters plus 30 and their not even making $37,000," Deloach said.
Deloach and a few other parents said teachers were intimidated by Dr. Pope but she sees it a different way. "I was well aware that this was being spearheaded by someone who had a gripe and the parents who came forward had not been into see me and did not have all the facts," Dr. Pope said. "I don't considering myself to be intimidating at all. It bothered me that they might have had that impression and I do listen to what they say and I wrote down everything but it's a perception based on fiction not fact."
Still parents are demanding something be done.
"We'll give her a chance to make it right but if not, we got to move on," said Deloach.
Deloach and a few other parents, who did not want to give their names, said if there is no change, they will call for the superintendent's resignation.