A former Charleston County superintendent will assume the same position at Lexington 1 on an interim basis, after a school board vote on Tuesday.
Board members voted to hire Gerrita Postlewait as interim superintendent effective July 1. Postlewait previously served as Charleston County Schools Superintendent until her resignation last December.
Postlewait will receive $18,250 per month for his time overseeing the district, plus a $1,000 car allowance and up to $2,400 in housing allowance.
Postlewait had been superintendent in Charleston since 2015, where she earned $241,993 last year, according to WCSC TV. She was granted a contract extension in 2018 that would have carried her through the end of the 2023-24 school year, but a divided board voted to accept Postlewait’s resignation midway through the current school year.
She previously worked as an assistant vice president for testing company ACT.
In April, Superintendent Greg Little announced he was leaving Lexington 1 at the end of the school year. Little served as superintendent in the Central District of Lexington for six years, during which time he oversaw Lexington 1’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a $365 million bond referendum that led to the construction of several new schools.
Little is leaving to take an administrative position in the South Carolina technical college system, according to an April press release.
Lexington 1 is the latest district to experience a turnover in its most senior position. Alongside Lexington 2, Nicholas Wade recently stepped down after a year in the role, with former superintendent Barry Bolen appointing his interim replacement.
In January, Lexington-Richland 5 appointed Akil Ross, an educational consultant and former principal of Chapin High School, as permanent superintendent. Ross had been the acting superintendent since June, when he replaced former superintendent Christina Melton.
Lexington 1 hopes to have a new superintendent in place by September.