TIMMONSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - Timmonsville parents got a face-to-face meeting Tuesday night with the person who will ultimately be asked to get their schools back in shape.
State leaders took over Florence School District Four after several of its schools were placed under a state of emergency because of issues with finance and grades.
The current interim superintendent, Zona Jefferson, said the state still has not cleared the county to take back operations for FSD4, but she's hopeful things are moving in the right direction. She added a big part of that will be finding the right person for the job.
Dr. Rechel Anderson, Dr. Rosa Dingle and Dr. Fannie Mason are the three potential picks. Tuesday, they gave their layout for how to turn FSD4 around, with the emphasis always on the students.
Brenda McKithen is a member of the school board in FSD4, but also has two kids who go to one of two schools recently taken over by the state.
"Like every parent, (I) would hope their kids gain a better education. Education is key. Any of them will make a great choice for Timmonsville," McKithen said. "I'll be glad when everything is going well. Superintendent gets in here and everything just keeps climbing like it has been."
Jefferson said the district was recently given the all clear on several requirements that the schools had to meet, but has not received a state evaluation since 2016.
She said with attendance and graduation rates on the upswing, hopefully that will be the next step.
"We're optimistic that we're going to have a much improved graduation rate. We've monitored our students child by child. So we should have at least 8 percent of our students graduating," Jefferson said.
According to Jefferson, the board will make its decision soon and the district hopes to have the position filled permanently by the end of the year.