COLUMBIA — Trustees at the Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics have placed President Hector Flores on temporary leave after voting to accept his resignation during an emergency board meeting Friday.
Board members spent more than four hours behind closed doors to discuss “personnel and contractural matters regarding (the) GSSM president,” according to the agenda.
No other items were on the agenda.
Flores cites ‘personal attacks’: SC Governor’s School president says he’s resigning
The meeting held on the University of South Carolina campus was convened more than a month after Flores was given a vote of no confidence by the faculty at Governor’s School. The vote was approved 21 to 3, with the majority of faculty saying they had no confidence in Flores’ ability to lead the school.
Flores had informed the board that the upcoming school year would be his last as president of the Hartsville public school, board members said at the meeting Friday.
The board accepted his resignation and agreed to work with him on the conditions of his transition, according to board chair Carolyne Williams. She refused to elaborate on the nature of those conditions or comment on the no-confidence vote.
Efforts to reach Flores for comment late Friday through an email and phone call to the school were not successful.
The board also voted unanimously to place Flores, whose base annual salary is $201,337, on a paid leave of absence. In order to maintain stability, the board authorized Williams to “secure an individual to be in charge of day-to-day operations at the Governor’s School.
“We expect all administrators, faculty and staff to cooperate with the individual in the best interest of our…students,” board members said in a statement that was read aloud Friday.
Williams would not say how long Flores would be absent or if he would return to the school. She told The Greenville News she had no comment beyond the statement the board has released.
“Dr. Hector Flores was assigned by the board the task of mainintaing excellence while at the same time transforming certain aspects of GSSM,” the statement said. “As president Dr. Flores has responded virgorously to the board’s call.”
Flores was hired in April 2016 to replace longtime President Murray Brockman.
The Governor’s School for Science & Math is a two-year boarding school for juniors and seniors from across the state. It’s governed by a board of trustees and receives annual funding from the state General Assembly, like the state’s other governor’s school, which focuses on the arts, in Greenville.
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