Charleston County Schools

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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Good Principals And Teachers Key To Ending Soft Bigotry

By Barney Blakeney Last month Charleston County School District Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait during a committee meeting referred to disparities in academic achievement between students of different ethnic backgrounds as the result of “soft bigotry” that has been perpetuated. Members of Charleston County School Board were asked what they are doing to address that “soft…

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Two CCSD Schools Get Tough Administrators

By Barney Blakeney Two of Charleston County School District’s most challenged high schools last month were appointed new principals. February 14 Cheryl Swinton was appointed the new Executive Principal of Burke High and Simmons Pinckney Middle School in Charleston. February 17 Henry Darby was appointed the Interim Principal of North Charleston High School. Darby returns…

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Wando Report On Lincoln Students Is No Shock

By Barney Blakeney The much anticipated progress report on Lincoln Middle-High School students transferred to Wando High this school year documents what some expected – that those students were being placed in a more academically challenging environment. Lincoln Middle-High was closed for economic reasons, but many suspected students at the rural school weren’t getting the…

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Collins Challenges Policy Revisions, But Instead Should Consolidate Power

By Barney Blakeney The tug of war between Charleston County School Board and its superintendents continued this month as North Charleston representative Rev. Chris Collins challenged recommendations Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait’s presented to make policies more efficient. CCSD School Board often has butted heads with its superintendents over various aspects of school governance. In the…

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NAN, Hollinshead Wants School Board To Take Harder Look At Construction Contract Award

By Barney Blakeney The South Carolina National Action Network Monday held a press conference to announce its objections to Charleston County School District’s proposed contract award to Cumming Construction Management to oversee the district’s upcoming five-year capital improvement project. Despite the organization’s concerns, school district officials are set to again award the contract to Cumming.…

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CCSD Welcomes New Executive Director of Capital Programs

Charleston County School District (CCSD) is proud to announce and welcome Reginald B. McNeil, II as its Executive Director of Capital Programs. McNeil joined CCSD in October with a responsibility of planning and managing an annual construction budget of more than $80 million supporting more than 80 of our schools and programs. A native of…

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CCSD Official Promises Results From Snail-Paced Diversity Initiatives

By Barney Blakeney In 2014 when football players at the Academic Magnet High School, Charleston County School District’s highest performing high school, conducted racially tinged rituals after games with predominantly black schools, the lack of racial diversity at the school touched off a firestorm of controversy. Though the storm has calmed, concerns about the conditions…

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