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Release Findings of Taxpayer Funded Internal School District
web posted August 11, 2011
OPINION – The Edgefield County School
Board and School District Superintendent Mary Crenshaw have failed the
students, parents, teachers, and staff at Strom Thurmond High School in
addition to every taxpayer in Edgefield County in the controversial
situation surrounding former principal Matthew Schilit. A new majority
was voted into office in the upheaval elections of 2010 and you
promised honesty and transparency and were given control of leading our
schools based on those promises, and you have broken them, again.
Supt. Mary Crenshaw refuses to comment as does School Board Chairman
Brad Covar and passed off a statement to the press at Tuesday's night's
meeting that the matter is in the hands of the Edgefield County
Sheriff's Office and SLED and will not say why.
We will deal with that matter later, however; the main matter before
the School Board is the outcome of their own internal investigation
that led to Schilit
being reassigned and then his resignation
seeing the writing on the wall as to his future in the Edgefield County
We all know what was coming. This is a small close knit county where
more people are related to each other than not - and families talk,
friends talk, and rumors spread faster than a wildfire in Texas.
And so it is with the controversy surrounding Mr. Schilit and his
removal as principal. If there was just cause for his removal you owe
it to the parents, students, and taxpayers of this county to say why.
The rumors that abound are causing more damage to our school district
and the integrity of Strom Thurmond High and the school board than the
truth would ever cause. Clearing the air now will allow the stench to
drift away sooner rather than let rumors and speculation cause more
damage as time passes on a matter that is not going to go away because
you refuse to address it.
Tell the people the truth Mr. Covar. You are duly elected to serve the
people of this county first and foremost and answer to us, not Dr.
As to the claim that the investigation is in the hands of Edgefield
County Sheriff Dobey, though this is partially true, it is not entirely
true and you know it.
Sheriff Dobey has stated he has the information provided by the School
District and has reviewed it with his top brass and investigators
finding no criminal acts. That was reiterated again on Wednesday by
Sheriff's Capitan Chris Wash who stated SLED reviewed the material and
found nothing as well. To cover all the bases the information has now
been turned over to the Solicitor's Office to review as well and there
is no expectation that criminal investigations or even charges are
According to Capt. Wash, "If we don't have a victim we don't have a
crime", a line repeated numerous times by investigators and others
close to the situation for over a month. So the move to toss the ball
in the court of the Sheriff's Office to create a diversion from having
to answer the questions required of you is fallacious at best.
We paid for the internal investigation conducted by the school
district. It has been concluded. Make its findings available as
required under law.
It was your investigation while it was being conducted, it became ours
when it was finished.
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