New facilities, renovations, and security measures highlight the start of the 2019-2020 school year

Stono Park Elementary

Charleston County School District, the second-largest school district in South Carolina, is preparing for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers will officially report on Wednesday, August 14 and students return for the first day of school on Wednesday, August 21.

“Fast Facts” for CCSD

– Serves approximately 50,000 students

– Employs nearly 6,000 people, including 3,500 teachers and teacher assistants

– Has 87 schools and programs

– Entire district is accredited by AdvancED

Capital Programs opening new facilities in 2019-2020

Edmund A. Burns Elementary School/Meeting Street @ Burns, Matilda F. Dunston Elementary, and Stono Park Elementary School will open their doors to students this year.

All three schools are funded by a “Yes” vote of the Charleston County Education Sales and Use Tax Referendum of 2010 and 2014. The construction of each facility came in at budget and were completed on time. In addition, Moultrie Middle School underwent an expansion featuring nine general classrooms and three science labs. 

Standard project information is available by visiting this link to the District website; scroll down the page until you get to the interactive map and scroll over the district that you are interested in learning more about as well.

Meeting Street @ Burns

Building renovations

The District’s Office of Facilities Management is committed to maintaining the public’s trust by being proactive in maintaining the educational facilities CCSD owns. More than 450 projects of various sizes and cost were completed over the past fiscal year, including many this summer. Some of those projects are highlighted in an attached press release.

Security measures

The 2019-2020 school year will be the first full year of implementation for CCSD’s Random Search Program. Although this program is primarily used in high schools, some components may also be seen in middle schools. Random searches are conducted to deter individuals from bringing weapons and contraband to school or school-sponsored activities, curtail the threat of violence, and foster a safe learning environment. Random searches in schools involve the search of individuals and their personal belongings selected based on a pre-determined, systematic pattern or guideline. 

To read more about the Random Search Program, visit this link to the District website or read the attached press release 

CCSD will also utilize a “Clear Bag or No Bag Entrance Procedure” for every South Carolina High School League-sanctioned football and basketball game in the 2019-2020 school year. The District piloted this initiative last year for Wando High School varsity football games at the District 2 Regional Stadium. Every spectator is allowed to carry one clear tote bag that cannot exceed 12” x 6” x 12”. A small clutch or wallet can also be carried into the stadium by hand or within the clear bag if it does not exceed 4.5” x 6.5”.

Dunston Elementary

What’s new with Nutrition Services?

– CCSD’s Office of Nutrition Services will be offering collards regularly on the menu this school year, and as much as possible, they will be from South Carolina farms and locations. CCSD also plans on hosting the “Great Greens Harvest” and the “Sweet Potato Harvest” with the Green Heart Project. 

– “CCSD’s Harvest of the Month” is a new initiative that will highlight a specific fruit or vegetable every month that is South Carolina grown. 

– The Schwan’s Chef Collective is coming to West Ashley High School October 8-11, 2019. The event brings culinary experts from around the country to help add innovative new school lunches to menus. Top chefs will work directly with culinary students and cafeteria staff members to make student-approved recipes that meet the student’s desires while also complying with our nutritional guidelines.

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