Community Reacts to Randolph Bynum Resignation

7:04 PM, Jul 23, 2013   |    comments
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Sumter, SC (WLTX)- After two years of controversy, Sumter Superintendent Randolph Bynum resigned Tuesday morning.

People in the community said they are relieved to hear that Bynum is leaving his position, but there's still a lot of work to be done.

Luther Barnett, president of the Sumter Schools Education Association and a former English teacher at Sumter High Schoo,l said he's relieved Bynum turned in his resignation letter.

"No, I've never seen anything like this in 17 years," Barnett said. "I've been in Sumter for 17 years."

He's said it has been difficult to watch many teachers walk out the door. 

"It's been heartbreaking," Barnett said.

Barnett also said more than 150 teachers have left the district.

In Bynum's resignation letter he said, "...after much prayer, reflection and counsel with friends, he is requesting that the Board of Trustees release him from the day to day responsibilities as District Superintendent."

The resignation comes after a heated Sumter School District meeting Monday night. More than 800 people showed up to voice their opposition against Bynum.

Moving forward, teachers and supporters said there's still work to be done and picking a superintendent that's going to make positive choices for the community is at the top of their list.

According to the district, Bynum will continue as superintendent until August 30th. The first day of school  is August 19th.

The Sumter Superintendent Chairman said there still will be a meeting held on Thursday.


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