UPDATE: Chattooga County Board of Education member John Turner has second thoughts, returns to seat
UPDATE: John Turner has turned back around.
Turner walked out of a Chattooga County Board of Education work session Thursday night, proclaiming his career as a public official finished. He said he was going to resign, effective Monday. But then he received a number of phone calls and emails, he said. Members of the community begged him to stay, he said. So, if nothing else, he'll continue to occupy the seat representing Summerville.
"I'll just sit there," he told the Times Free Press in an interview Tuesday. "I'll be, I'm pretty sure, just a quiet observer. But at least I'll be there. It was a matter of loyalty to my school. And really, I just don't like bullies. I guess that's it. I just don't like people bullying other people. I think everybody ought to have the ability to express themselves and not be shut down."
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Lenderman, who had been superintendent for eight years, is the second Chattooga County School official to resign in less than 24 hours.
Chattooga County board member John Turner resigned Thursday night after storming out of a work session.
PREVIOUS STORY: Chattooga County Board Member John Turner says he plans to resign on Monday.
He made the announcement just before storming out of Thursday night's monthly work session.
Leading up to his decision, Board Member Julia Houston motioned to remove the change of a 5-day school week from a 4-day week off the agenda because the board voted to approve the amendment back in January.
Minutes later, when a discussion about the change was declined, Turner said he saw no reason to stay on the board if the other members had already made up their mind.
"If we are going to make this big change, we owe it to the citizens of this county, whose children we serve to feel at least like they had a chance to be heard," said Turner. "Our school depends on the public's support."
The board room erupted in applause as Turner left the meeting.