Charleston County Schools

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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Sanders-Clyde Students Set Sights On Simmons-Pinckney For Next Semester

By Barney Blakeney Next fall sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from Sanders-Clyde Elementary School will attend classes at Simmons-Pinckney Middle School on the Burke Campus. It commences a controversial transition that’s been experimentally imposed in Charleston County public schools over the past several decades. As yet another phase in the ongoing effort to find…

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Proposal To Take Allegro Music Charter School To Burke Tabled, For Now

By Barney Blakeney  Opposition against the proposal to locate the Allegro Charter School for Music at the Burke High School campus has reached a fever pitch. Charleston County School District officials Monday removed it from the agenda as an item for discussion at the regular meeting of the board of trustees. Allegro Charter School for…

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CCSD Officials Working To Address Discipline Through Alternative Education

By Barney Blakeney Recent incidents of student behavior have focused more interest on alternatives for students who exhibit disruptive behavior. Jennifer Coker, executive director of Alternative Programs and Services for Charleston County School District last week explained what some of those alternatives are and how they are being applied in the district. Like many school…

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