FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Florence 1 Schools Superintendent Richard O’Malley will act as the superintendent for Florence School District Four, the board decided Thursday night.

At the Florence 1 Schools board of trustees meeting, a letter from State Superintendent Molly Spearman was read that recommended O’Malley act as superintendent for Florence School District Four until consolidation in July. The board approved the motion.

Chairman S. Porter Stewart said Spearman’s decision came after a committee to oversee the consolidation met only once and failed to make significant progress.

The letter also stated students from Johnson Middle School — not just Timmonsville High School, as previously stated — will attend Florence 1 Schools instead.

Darrell McFadden, a member of the Florence School District Four board, said the process has been unprofessional.

“I feel disappointed about what happened at the meeting tonight,” McFadden said. “I’m disappointed in the decisions and the way they address it to the community.”

“We are now informed that they are going to close our middle and high schools, when the community had only been hearing about the high school,” he said.

McFadden said it’s unfair and he had hoped for better answers Thursday night.