November 28, 2016
Springfield Elementary School Choir Performance
The Springfield Elementary Mustangs’ school choir sang a couple of their songs from their new building dedication ceremony on November 16 to open the Board of Trustees’ meeting. They performed A Song of Peace and their own rendition of Celebration in which they honored the board members.
Election of BOT Chair and Vice-Chair
Mrs. Kate Darby was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees with a 6-2-1 (one abstention) vote and Rev. Dr. Eric Mack was unanimously elected Vice-Chair with a 9-0 vote.
1) Team Backpack Journalists recently received the South Carolina Meritorious Service Medal earlier this month in Columbia at the South Carolina Military Museum.
Seven students, Lucien Buhr and Tori Rimes of Allegro Charter School of Music, Grace Earle and Caleb Smith of School of the Arts, along with Jaden Sheppard, Stephan Smith, and Amir Wells from Sanders-Clyde School, under the direction of Linda Dennis, worked on a documentary: “In Their Own Words: Oral Histories of South Carolina Vietnam Veterans”.
The group traveled all over the state to put this piece together, and now some of the interviews they gathered are being used in the South Carolina Military Museum.
2) The Academic Magnet Girls’ Swim Team won the SCHSL AAA State Championship last month:
Skyler Ayers, Campbell Babb, Grace Beischel, Malia Borg, Ali DeLamb, Sarah Feingold, Carly Hall, Simone Kavarana, Abigail Keating, Emma Ludman, Madeline McQuillan, Quinna Muthard, Carolyn Prickett, Allison Rauls, Maya Stefanelli, Natasha Tirpak, Christie Tran, Isabelle Valiulis, and Julia Zimlich. Along with the team team, Ayers, Babb, Borg, and DeLambo won the 200 yard freestyle relay state title with a time of 1:46.
The Raptors are led by head coach Jonas Soas, and assistant coaches Deborah Ware and Catherine Yackey.
3) The Wando High School Marching Band recently finished in 8th place at the Bands of America
Grand National Championship in Indianapolis.
100 schools competed in the national championships, and they were one of four schools from our state to make the Grand Nationals. However, the Warriors were only team from South Carolina to advance to the finals portion of the competition. Wando recorded a score of 91.5, its best score ever as a finalist at Grand Nationals.
Under the leadership of director Bobby Lambert, Wando advanced to Grand Nationals thanks to a second place finish at Super Regionals in Atlanta in October.
4) Board of Trustees Vice-Chair Rev. Dr. Eric Mack reached Level 3 (six levels total) of his South
Carolina School Boards Association leadership training. Established in 1982, SCSBA’s Boardsmanship Institute offers a year-round training curriculum focused on leadership skills for board members on state and national issues. Rev. Mack has completed two years in the institute.
5) Mrs. Cindy Bohn Coats and Mr. Chris Staubes were honored for their service to the Board of
Trustees as Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively. They stepped down from those positions, but
remain on the board.
District 4/District 20 Boundary
On November 9, 2016, the Board voted to support a recommendation from the Operations Committee to approve the proposal to request legislative action to move the attendance zone line between Constituent Districts 4 and 20 to match the City of Charleston and City of North Charleston municipal boundary line. As a result of the change in attendance zone boundaries, an estimated 69 students that currently reside in the affected area and currently attend D4 (North Charleston) neighborhood schools will now be zoned to attend D20 (downtown) schools. This was approved with a vote of 9-0 during the approval of potential consent agenda items and the adoption of the agenda.
Lincoln Middle High Facility Use
Oceanside Collegiate Charter School, a state charter school, currently leasing the McClellanville Middle School campus from CCSD, requested to utilize the gym, field house, and athletic fields for basketball, soccer, and lacrosse on the Lincoln Middle High campus. Their request for use was denied by the board because the property is no longer an active school site, is not covered in the District’s Facility Use Program, and Oceanside is not a CCSD school or sponsored charter school. This was approved with a vote of 9-0 during the approval of potential consent agenda items and the adoption of the agenda.
Audit & Finance Committee Community Member Appointment
The board voted 9-0 to approve a recommendation from the 11/7/16 Audit & Finance Committee to appoint Mr. Kent Griffin to the Audit & Finance Committee. The Audit & Finance Committee had two vacant seats that were created upon the resignation of Ms. Susan Leadem and Mr. Joe Grech. As a result, the positions were advertised and three applications were received. The Audit & Finance reviewed the applications and identified Mr. Griffin as the recommended individual to fill one of the seats.
West Ashley TIF
The board voted 6-1-2 (two abstentions) to participate in the West Ashley Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district. This means CCSD will have some of the future taxes collected that are used to pay bonds available for funding the TIF improvements. As the TIF district proceeds and land values rise, the extra taxes produced by the increase in assessed value will go toward paying off bonds which are used to fund TIF projects. At the request of CCSD, the City agreed that instead of CCSD agreeing to give up 100% of the incremental taxes produced, it would only relinquish 45%. Therefore, 55% of the tax growth will benefit CCSD. This ensures that future tax growth will benefit the district's finances to a large extent and allow the district to partner with the City on its West Ashley redevelopment.