Richland 2 superintendent resigns to "pursue new professional opportunities"

Dr. Katie Brochu (Source: Richland 2)
Dr. Katie Brochu (Source: Richland 2)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland 2 superintendent Dr. Katie Brochu, has resigned from her position during a school board meeting Thursday night.

The school board convened for the meeting at Polo Road Elementary School at 6 p.m. and went into executive session just minutes later.

Brochu asked that the district release her from her contract to "pursue new professional opportunities," according to the district. 

The board voted to accept Brochu's resignation and immediately named Chief Information Officer Dr. Debbie Hamm as interim superintendent.  The resignation is effective July 1st.

"It is dear to my heart and I know with a fine group of educators," said Hamm. "We're going to continue moving the district forward together."

In a prepared statement, Dr. Bill Flemming, Chairman of the Richland School District Two Board of Trustees said, "We thank Dr. Brochu for her energetic leadership, hard work and dedication to educating every child, and we wish her the best in the next phase of her career."

"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 news release from the district. "I want to thank the entire Richland School District Two community for their dedication and support."

Brochu was first hired by the district back in March 2010. She was a 27-year teaching veteran hired to replace Dr. Stephen Hefner, who was retiring.

Brochu is from Dalton, Georgia, where she was the superintendent of the Whitfield County School District. Before that, she served as the superintendent in York County.

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