Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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After not getting answers from the Richland School District Two school board the night they accepted Dr. Katie Brochu's resignation, WIS filed a Freedom of Information Act request, asking for several things, including the terms of Dr. Brochu's resignation.
That information cleared up why the board was not disclosing information to the media.
Minutes after her resignation last month, Brochu would not answer questions. She walked away from reporters. Now WIS knows why.
We received a copy of a four-page settlement agreement between the district and Dr. Brochu, one that says neither will make disparaging comments about the other publicly.
The release from Dr. Brochu's four-year contract included a more than $130,000 payout, more than half of the Superintendent's annual salary. It also forbid the district from adding anything to Dr. Brochu's personnel file, which we also got a copy of, including her employment contract from 2010.
That contract, which would have ended in June 2014, gave Dr. Brochu a $215,000 salary, up to $10,000 in relocation benefits, and an $850 monthly automobile expense. The contract lists three ways of termination, including a mutual agreement between Dr. Brochu and the district, but on the next page, the document stipulates if the superintendent is fired without a cause, she would be entitled to the exact severance package Dr. Brochu walked away with.
The night the board accepted Brochu's resignation, a board member said, "That was Dr. Brochu's decision and we honored it."
Dr. Brochu was not fired. She resigned, meaning that according to the contract she signed, the district was not obligated to pay her severance.
Inside Dr. Brochu's personnel file, we found a letter from school board President Chip Jackson to Dr. Brochu from November 2012. In it, Jackson expressed concerns of declining student achievement, and underperforming schools. Jackson also told Brochu that the district's image needed substantial improvement and that Brochu needed to communicate better with the board and with her employees.
Since Dr. Brochu's resignation, Dr. Debbie Hamm has taken over as interim superintendent. It's not clear if she is in the running to be a permanent replacement.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>