The public Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence is owned jointly by the school districts in Beaufort and Jasper counties and serves students from both. By law, Beaufort County pays two-thirds of the school's operating costs while Jasper County pays one-third.
The governing board for the center includes three members from the Beaufort County school board and three from the Jasper County school board. The superintendents of each district also are members of the board.
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The Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence board fired one employee and reprimanded for poor judgment the school's top two administrators in a unanimous vote Thursday.
Earl Campbell, chairman of the ACE board, would not name the employee who was fired.
Director Chris Dinkins and assistant director Karen Lee were ordered to participate in improvement plans, to be monitored by Beaufort and Jasper county school districts officials.
The public career center is jointly owned by the two districts and serves students from both counties.
The board's actions came at the recommendation of the two districts, which in April began looking into financial and personnel issues at the school. The investigation was prompted by concerns raised by employees, Campbell said.
The board approved a list of 20 actions Thursday as a result of the investigation.
Among them, the school must:
The board will also notify the S.C. Law Enforcement Division of the districts' findings and ask it to investigate further.
SLED confirmed last month a similar request was made by the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.
A SLED spokesman could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.
Dinkins declined comment on the actions taken by the board, but his wife and a teacher at the school spoke publicly in support of him at the meeting.
Lee said she found it "reprehensible" she was made aware of action taken against her at a public board meeting without prior warning. She said she has worked at the school for 28 years and has no blemishes on her record.
"I would think that given the years I've worked at this school, someone would have had the courtesy to let me know there was a problem with something I was doing or not doing," she said.