Riverview Charter School Board hires interim director Jan. 28, 2010

The Riverview Charter School Board of Directors announced that Dr. Eileen C. Williams, Ed.D. has been named interim director of Riverview Charter School as the board continues its search for a permanent director.

She has agreed to serve as interim director of Riverview beginning Monday, January 25.  The Board voted unanimously to approve the move.  The Board fully expects to have named a new permanent director by the end of the academic year.

“Eileen is a dream come true for us, because she is exceptionally qualified and is willing to lead our school during this critical transition,” said Riverview Board Chairman Alison Thomas. “It’s rare that you’re able to find someone with this level of professional experience right in your own community, willing to serve. We look forward to working with Eileen, and even more importantly, we look forward to permanently filling this position as soon as possible.”

Dr. Williams has 35 years of experience as an educator, 32 of those years as an administrator including 20 years as superintendent of schools. She was the 2002 Superintendent of the Year for Massachusetts.  During her tenure as superintendent, she was a member of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents for 10 years as well as president of that organization.

“I am thrilled to be able to join the Riverview Community as interim director,” Williams said. “Riverview is a unique and special school, and I know it will be very gratifying to be part of this educational community during this important time. I am pleased to be asked to contribute to what I know will be Riverview’s future legacy of educational excellence in Beaufort County.”

In other news, the Board also received an update on the school’s open enrollment status. Approximately 250 students have applied for next year’s open seats, indicating

a high level of community interest and support of the school. About 34 percent of the applicants are minorities.

As a public school in the Beaufort County School District, Riverview is open to all eligible students in the district. There is no tuition and no selection process. Transportation is available and the school participates in the Federal Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program. Riverview does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin or ethnicity in admission. The school will administer all required state tests and comply with South Carolina educational

requirements.

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