Berkeley schools chief to retire in January

Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Chester Floyd said Tuesday that he will retire next January, asking school board members to let him out of his contract about a year and a half early. The Post and Courier reports:

While some may say his leaving had to do with repeated battles with some members of the board, Floyd said he's leaving so that he can spend more time with family, especially his six grandchildren.

"If there are those who want to blame someone else for my decision, or if there are those who want to take credit, they can do whatever they want to do," Floyd said. "The truth is, I want to do this because I have other things I want to do, namely the family situation and while my health is good."

Floyd, 64, will step down effective Jan. 20 after 31 years as a superintendent with three school districts. He has spent a total of 42 years as an educator in the state.

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