Schools boss leaving Johnston for S.C.

Johnston County schools Superintendent Tony Parker has been hired as superintendent of a district in South Carolina.

The Berkeley County, S.C., school district announced Monday that it had chosen Parker from among three finalists to replace its current superintendent, who is retiring Jan. 20.

Parker, who has led the Johnston schools since 2004, announced last month that he would retire this summer. The district launched its search for a replacement this week, after being notified of Parker's new job.

The South Carolina district named an interim superintendent to fill in until Parker is released from his contract in Johnston, according to a news release.

Parker has spent his long career in education in North Carolina, where he has been a teacher, principal, associate superintendent and superintendent in several districts.