The Beaufort County Board of Education on Friday chose a veteran high school principal from Aiken County to take over as principal at H.E. McCracken Middle School.
The board voted 9-0 with members Michael Rivers and Laura Bush absent.
Todd Bornscheuer has served as principal at North Augusta High School since 2010. He previously was principal for four years at Silver Bluff High School, also in Aiken County.
Under Bornscheuer, North Augusta High this year earned its first Palmetto Gold Award, based on the schools' performance on exit exams, end-of-course tests and graduation rates.
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"He has a strong focus on instruction, his experience at the high-school level is impressive, and he recently established a ninth-grade academy at North Augusta High to improve the transition of middle school students to high school," incoming superintendent Jeffrey Moss said in a news release.
Bornscheuer replaces former principal Phillip Shaw, who has been on paid leave since November.
Shaw left the job Nov. 8, about the time district officials began what they described as a review of the school's policies and procedures. He was reassigned Jan. 2 to lead Right Choices, a program for students with serious disciplinary problems, but as of Friday, he had not reported for his new duties.
The district is still paying Shaw his $93,774 annual salary.
At Friday's meeting, board chairman Bill Evans said that under Bornscheuer, North Augusta High's School Improvement Council received a 2013 honorable mention in a competition that honors excellence in SICs.
"North Augusta and Silver Bluff have wonderful reputations in the state and (he) has been successful improving community involvement and academic environment in the schools," Evans said.
Prior to his high school principal positions, Bornscheuer was an assistant principal and mathematics teacher at Silver Bluff High, where he was named Teacher of the Year in 1998. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1989 to 1993.
Bornscheuer has a bachelor's degree in secondary mathematics education from the University of South Carolina. He also has Master of Education degrees in mathematics and administration from USC.
As for Shaw, school district officials have never been explicit about why he lost his job or why they continued to pay him -- refusing even to say, for example, how much leave he had accrued. Acting superintendent Jackie Rosswurm and other district officials have said they cannot provide any details because Shaw has a "right to privacy."
Rosswurm has only said that Shaw is on leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, which she said expires at the end of the month.
"We've been contacted by his attorney and are in the process of setting up meetings and hope to bring a resolution to the situation soon," Rosswurm said.
Assistant principal Joe Warfield has led McCracken Middle while the district looked for a full-time replacement. Warfield was also interviewed for the principal post, according to Rosswurm.
Bornscheuer's hire fills the final vacant leadership position in the district for the 2013-14 school year. The board hired four other principals May 30.
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