by Carrie C. Causey
Tuesday morning, Public Information Officer Joe Baisley responded with a statement from Ingram regarding the news.
“It is because of the outstanding performance of the Franklin County School District that I am being considered for this position,” Ingram said in a statement. “The Darlington School District has a reputation of being one of the highest performing school districts in South Carolina, and I am honored to be named a finalist.”
According to the Carlington County Board of Education website, the other three finalists for the superintendent role include Dr. Terri H. Mozingo, assistant superintendent of research and accountability for Durham Public Schools in Durham; Kathryn M. LeRoy, director of high school programs for Duvall County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Fla.; and Dr. Mark D. Petersen, superintendent of Greenwood School District 52 in Ninety Six, S.C.
They were chosen out of 35 applications by the school board with the help of the S.C. School Boards Association. Ingram will have to go through further interviews and a public reception before the announcement is made in June. Ingram said he has declined jobs over the years, but this is a great professional opportunity.
“It’s a great school district and a great professional opportunity, but I’m also happy in Franklin County,” Ingram said. “It’s an honor to be superintendent of Franklin County and it would be an honor to be superintendent in a place like Darlington.”
He said it was only reasonable for an educator with his experience to at least consider it, though, nothing is definite.
If chosen, Ingram would replace Dr. Rainey Knight, who is retiring. The Darlington School District has 23 schools with compared to Franklin County’s 16.