Cherokee Co. School superintendent placed on leave after DUI arrest

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CHEROKEE Co., SC (WSPA) – Cherokee County School District’s superintendent was placed on paid administrative leave. 

We reported earlier that Dr. Quincie Moore was arrested Sunday in Greenville County.

On Tuesday night, the Cherokee County School District Board of Trustees met in executive session and moved to place Moore on administrative leave effective immediately. 

“I was shocked. I was disappointed,” said parent Stephanie Morrow. She attended Tuesday’s meeting. “I just wanted to let the school board know I’m here. I wanna show support and let them know that there are concerned parents.”

A trooper arrested Moore on a charge of driving under the influence, less than .10, first offense. 

Lance Cpl. Joe Hovis with the S.C. Highway Patrol said Moore was driving northbound on I-85 when she rear ended another vehicle around 1:15 a.m. Sunday near mile marker 50.

No one was hurt in the crash.

“And you [Dr. Moore] had a wreck, you could’ve killed somebody,” said Cherokee County parent Dawn Scruggs, who also attended Tuesday’s meeting. “You’re over all these kids and these kids they look up to you.”

Following her arrest, Moore was booked into Greenville County Detention Center where she refused a breath test.

Moore was later released on $992 bond.

“I think she should either resign or she should be fired,” Scruggs said. “Everybody makes mistakes. I’m not a judge, I’m not God, I can’t tell you you’re going to wherever, but you should be held on the same level as everybody else.”

Morrow said she remembered when Dr. Moore was her principle while she attended school in Cherokee County. 

“She was a very good principal, she was very supportive. The kids were her heart,” said Morrow. “She shows a lot of empathy and compassion. She just really wanted the best for her students.”

She said she understands both sides of the conversation regarding the superintendent. 

“I think it could go either way. She is the spokesperson for our prom bashes,” said Morrow, adding Dr. Moore encouraged students to not drive while under the influence.  “It’s going to be hard to preach that message to a lot of 12th graders. It could also make a difference to say ‘Hey, look, this is what happens.'”

Dr. Carl Carpenter will serve as acting superintendent.

School board trustees released the following statement after Tuesday’s decision:

“During tonight’s Executive Session, the Board met with its legal counsel to discuss District Superintendent Dr. Quincie Moore’s arrest for DUI on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Based on those discussions, the Board is placing Dr. Moore on administrative leave, effective immediately. Dr. Carl Carpenter, currently the District’s Assistant Superintendent, will be serving as acting Superintendent until such time as the Board reviews this matter further and takes any additional action it deems appropriate.

Thank you for your support of this Board, our staff, and, most importantly, our students during this difficult time.”

Moore is due back in court on Jan. 30, 2019.

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