- Associated Press - Saturday, March 11, 2017

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - The Berkeley County School District superintendent has resigned in the latest administrative change amid an FBI investigation.

Brenda Blackburn’s resignation was announced Friday after a lengthy, closed-door school board meeting, local media outlets reported.

Blackburn’s resignation comes a month after the district fired its chief financial officer during an FBI investigation over possible misuse of funds. Officials were given copies of 10 checks that investigators said Thomas converted and deposited to his own account, totaling more than $382,000 dollars.

School officials have not said how much total money is missing, and no charges have been filed. A Virginia-based accounting firm has been hired to do a forensic audit.

Board members declined to comment after Friday’s meeting, some saying only the board is “moving forward.”

Blackburn, who took office in 2015, had more than two years remaining on her contract. The board named Chief Administrative Officer Deon Jackson as interim superintendent and hired a Raleigh, North Carolina, firm to help in its search for a permanent replacement.



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