Charleston County Schools

Constituents Refocus On An Academically Viable Garrett School

By Barney Blakeney Last week Charleston County School Board, after weeks of controversy and complaints from some in the community, continued a course previously decided and voted to follow its original plan to construct a new Center for Advanced Studies at North Charleston High School. A 2014 referendum was approved to fund three regional vocational…

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QEP To Host School Board Information Session November 16

The Quality Education Project (QEP) and its sponsors will host a school board information session on Thursday, November 16 from 6pm to 7:30pm at the ILA Local 1422 Hall (1142 Morrison Drive). This community clinic will provide an opportunity to learn more about the CCSD School Boards, advocating for public education and running for office…

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Students’ Futures Caught In Adult Tug-of-War

By Barney Blakeney It’s hard to get a handle on what’s going on at Garrett Academy of Technology. Some school board officials say the county-wide careers academy is underperforming and should close to make room for the new Center for Advanced Studies that will accommodate high school students in North Charleston. Some constituents say Garrett…

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Darby Brings Hands-on Leadership To North Charleston High School

By Barney Blakeney Veteran school administrator Henry Darby took the helm at beleaguered North Charleston High School in February where six predecessors have tried to change a culture of challenged academic performance. North Charleston High with an enrollment of about 522 students in most recently was rated at-risk. Prior to the previous school term, North…

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Despite Some Skepticism, Burke Administrator Optimistic About Turnaround

By Barney Blakeney When students return to Burke High School August 17 they will begin a new year with a new administration at one of the district’s most challenged high schools. Burke is transitioning in the midst of a rapidly changing environment. Cheryl Swinton was named Burke’s executive principal last February. Swinton brings a wealth…

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Friends will put Hundreds of Books in Charleston County Classrooms

Charleston County public school teachers will be the beneficiaries, thanks to a grant received by the Charleston Friends of the Library. The Renee B. Fisher Foundation has provided funds for teachers in high-need (Title 1) Charleston County public schools to purchase classroom. Through this grant, 60 teachers will receive $50.00 vouchers to buy books at…

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CCSD Protests Continue Amid Mixed Views

By Barney Blakeney Continued protests marred Charleston County School Board’s May 22 meeting as protesters hurled insults and name-calling at school district officials. The board meeting grew ugly inside as protesters disrupted proceedings with insults from the audience while protesters outside could be heard making similar dispersions. A level of order was achieved inside after…

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Despite Protests, Positions On Principals Still Up To Postlewait

By Barney Blakeney You’ve got to give the people what they want. But it helps if they know what they’re getting. Last week about 200 protesters marched at Charleston County School District headquarters on Calhoun Street to challenge, among other things, principal assignments being proposed by Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait. Board member Kevin Hollinshead expressed…

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Some CCSD Board Members Okay With New Budget Spending

By Barney Blakeney One of Charleston County School District Board of Trustees newest members Priscilla Jeffrey on voting for the school district’s 2018 budget remarked she doesn’t like to spend money “all willy-nilly”, but she’s okay with the $473 million operating budget the board has approved to spend next year because it includes money that…

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CCSD Administrative Troubleshooter LaDene Conroy Takes The Helm At Mary Ford

By Barney Blakeney One of the greatest challenges facing low performing schools in Charleston County School District is consistent leadership. For many of those schools, the principal’s office has a revolving door. CCSD officials hope they’ve closed the revolving door in leadership at Mary Ford Elementary School in North Charleston. Last month LaDene Conroy was…

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