Charleston County Schools

21st Century Community Learning Grant from State for $200,000 Propels Enrichment Services at Mary Ford Elementary

Research shows that academic, behavioral and artistic afterschool programs improve all areas of students’ performance in Title One schools. Nyla Bell, now a rising 10th grader with the grades and plans to become a pediatrician, is one of those students. Once a 5th grader with behavior issues, Nyla turned herself around with help from Charleston…

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QEP Releases Statement on the Racist Comments of Andrea Pruitt

This past week, Andrea Pruitt, the spouse of Andy Pruitt, the Director of Communications for CCSD, posted racist and racially inappropriate messages on social media, contrasting students at Burke High School who were attending school without air conditioning to “kids in Africa [who] walk across mountain ranges, barefoot in hundred degree heat dodging herds of…

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Dunston Elementary Sex Abuse Case: Parents, Come Forward!!!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch The Charleston County School Board held its regularly scheduled Board meeting September 24. Present were parents and community members demanding answers to how and why a student advocate employee, later promoted to parent advocate with the district, was allowed to remain at the school after child pornography was found on his computer. Former…

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Dunston Elementary School Employee Investigation: All Students Matter

By Beverly Gadson-Birch While Hurricane Florence was stirring up wrath across South Carolina, allegations of sexual assault on students and thousands of child pornography on a school laptop issued to former employee Marvin Gethers at Dunston Elementary School were stirring up wrath within the Charleston community. Undeniably, school officials and investigative authorities dropped the ball…

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Charleston Acceleration Academy Opens To Assist Students Through Non-traditional Approaches To High School Graduation

By Barney Blakeney The much anticipated opening of Charleston Acceleration Academy became a reality September 4 as approximately 120 students embarked on a course toward a diploma and high school graduation. Charleston Acceleration Academy is a unique S.C. Public Charter School helping young adults overcome real-life challenges to earn their district or state-issued high school…

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Michelle Simmons to Serve as Executive Director of the Elementary Learning Community

Charleston County School District (CCSD) would like to announce that Michelle Simmons has been appointed to serve as the Executive Director of the Elementary Learning Community. Simmons has served as a CCSD administrator for 14 years, and currently serves as an interim director for the Elementary Learning Community. Simmons also served as Principal of Stono…

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Kate Darby and Natalie A. Ham Included in the Riley Institute at Furman’s 13th class of Diversity Leaders Initiative

Charleston County School Board Chair Kate Darby and District General Counsel Natalie A. Ham join other leaders selected from across the Lowcountry and surrounding area to participate in the Riley Institute at Furman’s 13th class of Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI). “Discovering ways in which differences can strengthen our organizations is of utmost importance as we…

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Natasha L. Jones Named Principal at W.B. Goodwin Elementary

Charleston County School District this week announced and welcomed Natasha L. Jones as principal of W.B. Goodwin Elementary School. Jones joins Goodwin from Memminger Elementary where she has served as assistant principal since 2014. Jones began her teaching career in 1997 in Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District at Sharon Elementary School where she taught fifth grade and…

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CCSD Students Honored for Excellence in Global Studies

The World Affairs Council of Charleston and CresCom Bank presented nine Charleston County School District (CCSD) high school students with the John M. Settle Award during a ceremony at The Citadel’s Holliday Alumni Center April 11, 2018. This award is named after the late John M. Settle, Sr., a graduate of the former Charleston High…

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