June 18, 2013

Brochu leaving position in S.C.

From Staff Reports

— Former Whitfield County Schools superintendent Katie Brochu is leaving her position as superintendent of Richland School District Two in Columbia, S.C.

The Richland School District Two Board of Education granted Brochu her release effective July 1. She has been the district’s superintendent since July 2010 and had one year remaining on her contract.

Brochu left her position as Whitfield County Schools superintendent in 2010 to take her current job in South Carolina.

“I am excited to begin the next chapter in my life and equally excited to follow the next chapter of the ‘Richland Two Story,’” Brochu said in a statement. “I want to thank the entire Richland School District Two community for their dedication and support.”

According to The State (Columbia, S.C.) newspaper, Brochu’s tenure in South Carolina was contentious.

“Barely a year after the Richland 2 school board chose Katie Brochu as its new superintendent, there were signs this would not be a harmonious or lengthy marriage,” reporter Carolyn Click wrote in a story last week.

“Brochu, who is leaving the district three years after she was hired as an energetic budget hawk, drew complaints that she was changing the Richland 2 culture too fast and too furiously. There were grumblings about declining SAT scores, the thousands of dollars she spent on professional development through the Schlechty Center, her lack of community presence and her alleged disdain for the district’s distinctive academic magnet and choice programs, a claim she long denied.”

For more, visit www.thestate.com/2013/06/13/2817544/richland-2-superintendent-katie.html and www.thestate.com/2013/06/14/2819386/relationships-tense-during-brochus.html#