Pruden says Brunswick Co. School Board planning to oust him Wednesday
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County School Superintendent Edward Pruden has gone on the offensive against the school board, which he says plans to oust him at a meeting Wednesday.
In an e-mail sent to media this afternoon, Pruden says the board’s special meeting called for 9 a.m. Wednesday is to consider his immediate termination. Pruden says the day after Election Day, he was asked to resign effective immediately. He told WWAY he was blindsided by the request.
Pruden announced earlier this year he was stepping down as superintendent at the end of his contract on June 30, 2015.
“I stand ready, willing and able to complete my contract and work for the students and community until June 30,” Pruden said. “I do not understand the board’s decision to change leadership so abruptly, seven months prior to my scheduled departure. This could result in two transitions in the superintendency prior to the beginning of the next school year.”
Pruden said though Brunswick County Schools had a rough year in test scores he doesn’t feel as though he is to blame. He said the school system was just adjusting to a new curriculum.
“The community knows my work,” he said. “Four and a half years of leadership of this school system.”
But Brunswick County parents we spoke with Monday night could not identify a photo of Pruden we showed them. They also voiced concerns about the direction of the school district. (See video, above)
Pruden has been superintendent since July 1, 2010.
Members of the school board could not comment on the matter calling it a “personnel” issue.