An "insulted" State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais said it "wasn't worth his time to visit" the Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence after two administrators there didn't show up for a scheduled meeting Thursday.
Zais planned to visit the school at 2 p.m. as part of his efforts to visit schools around the state. The ACE visit had been scheduled for several weeks, said George Brown, a public information specialist with the state Department of Education.
Zais, who said director Dandi Daniels and assistant director Spencer Bobian "stood me up," wanted to discuss academy programs as well as some of the concerns Beaufort County Board of Education members have raised about the school's effectiveness, he told The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette on Thursday.
However, just before he arrived at the school, he learned the two were not there when he called to say he was running late.
"That really is an insult," Zais said. "So the message I gather from that is that they are not interested in anything I would have to say." Zais is not seeking reelection this November.
Attempts to reach Daniels and Bobian to ask them about their absence were unsuccessful.
Brown said he was told Daniels had to leave for an emergency. He was not told where the assistant director was.
Zais had also invited Jasper County superintendent Vashti Washington to the meeting, Brown said. She declined to attend.
ACE board secretary and financial analyst Regina Webster said Thursday she did not know why Daniels was not at the school. She also said she was unaware Zais was visiting.
"If they don't even deign to be there or have courtesy to let me know, that seems like how they run things over there," Zais said.
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