COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - 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.
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.