John de la Howe management under review
Saturday, January 04, 2014 7:15 PM
Patrick J. Maley, Inspector General for the State of South Carolina, said his department is reviewing the management of the John de la Howe School.
The school, a taxpayer-funded, state-supported institution, is a residential school for wayward children.
The school's board of trustees called four special emergency meetings within a 28-day span, between Nov. 22 and Dec. 18, all for the purpose of obtaining legal advice.
The board consistently declined to comment on the specific nature of the legal advice.
At the most recent of such meetings, the board voted to begin the hiring process of Paul Agnew of Abbeville as attorney. Agnew’s hiring remains in the preliminary stages and must be approved by the state attorney general's office before finalized.
According to school president, Thom Mayer, the school typically receives general council from Vance Bettis, of the Columbia law firm Gignilliat, Savitz & Bettis.
State Sen. Floyd Nicholson and Rep. Anne Parks said they were unaware of the pending review.
While the school's current legal woes have yet to be explained, the school experienced financial trouble in the past.
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