- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

CHESTER, S.C. (AP) - Chester County school Superintendent Agnes Slayman is refusing to answer questions about an investigation into possible grade tampering, plans to change school security and why she went on leave for several weeks.

Slayman has ignored phone calls and emails from reporters at The Herald of Rock Hill for weeks, and refused again to speak to a reporter after a school board meeting Tuesday.

When asked why she was walking off and not answering questions, Slayman said “because I don’t want to,” according to the newspaper (https://bit.ly/1QZBsQT).

The South Carolina Education Department is investigating how the school district is handling a recent grade tampering allegation. State officials won’t release details because it is an ongoing investigation.

School Board Chairwoman Denise Lawson said the district took action against an employee, but wouldn’t say if it has to do with the tampering issue.

Slayman also took several weeks of personal leave, but has not said why or whether she received part of her $150,000 salary while she was gone. She was absent as the district dealt with a decision to no longer use Chester County sheriff’s deputies for security at football games and wanted the city of Chester to extend its jurisdiction to the stadiums miles away from the city.

Lawson said she can’t make Slayman answer questions.

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Information from: The Herald, https://www.heraldonline.com

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