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BOT Meeting Highlights September 2016

September 26, 2016

Special Recognition

The Charleston County School District Nurse of the Year, Marjorie Bailey (Moultrie Middle School), was honored for her accomplishment.

Rebecca Strong, a sixth grade teacher at Thomas C. Cario Middle School, was recognized for receiving the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. 213 teachers received this honor nationwide this year.

A few CCSD schools and a CCSD student received awards for their accomplishments in the annual American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart Campaign:

Jennie Moore Elementary (#1 School in CCSD; #1 School in SC; #2 School in Mid-Atlantic Affiliate)
Drayton Hall Elementary (#2 School in CCSD; #2 School in SC)
St. Andrews School of Math & Science Elementary (#3 School in CCSD; #9 School in SC)
Brielle Johnson, Montessori Community School (#3 Student Fundraiser in SC)

Adam Lipsky, an eighth grade student at Moultrie Middle School, received the Superintendent’s “Character Counts” award. He was honored for his actions on August 30th, when he acted quickly and bravely to help a crossing guard after she was hit by a car.

 

Revised 2016-2017 Budget

The Board of Trustees approved the 2016-2017 revised budget with a vote of 8-0 for the general operating fund. It required a shift in millage from the debt service fund to operations. The increase in the local funding base is done without an increase in taxes. There will actually be a savings of about $50 for average price of a $200,000 home. The shift also means the 2016-2017 budget is now balanced, with a surplus of exactly $5 million. $6.6 million was saved by homeowners overall in Charleston County.

 

Dr. Gerrita Postlewait’s Superintendent’s Report

CCSD System of Quality Assurance

The Charleston County School Board recently adopted accountability measures focused on continually increasing the numbers of students who are graduated ready to enter career training programs, Trident Technical College, and four-year colleges. Dr. Postlewait told the board the district will continue to do everything it can to work with families to nurture and support all students.

CCSD will report twice a year where students are with respect to career and college readiness.

ACT Results

Dr. Laura Donnelly, CCSD Director of Assessment and Evaluation presented ACT results for the district’s 2016 graduating class and the class of 2017 (the students that took the test as juniors last school year).

  • Average ACT scores in CCSD are higher than statewide averages in every subtest and the overall composite, both among the graduating class of 2016 and the students who tested as 11th graders in 2016.
    • The percent of CCSD students scoring at or above ACT’s college-readiness benchmarks is higher than found statewide in each of the four subject areas as well as in terms of students meeting all four benchmarks.
  • CCSD’s average composite score ranks 7th among South Carolina’s 87 school districts.
  • At 11 of our 15 high schools, the average composite score for 11th graders increased from 2015 to 2016.

Dr. Valerie Harrison, Interim Chief Academic Officer, presented the implications of the results, and possible actions to improve scores, such as encouraging students to complete a core curriculum and to take the ACT more than once. In discussion with the board, it was made clear students who take courses and classes that prepare them for college and for taking the ACT, test better than students that do not take the college preparatory classes.

 

Stono Park

Tonight the County Board of Trustees approved the $24.6 million construction of a new Stono Park Elementary School on the Garden Street campus with a capacity of 500 students. Construction of the school is contingent upon the constituent board increasing the attendance zone for Stono Park to 667 students without impacting the total number of students in the Oakland and Springfield attendance zones. This is to help ensure that the zones in West Ashley are consistent with classroom space available. Stono Park will remain at the former St. Andrews Middle School until the opening of the new school which is planned for August 2019.

"We are ready to provide a world-class facility to match the great educational program already in-place at Stono Park and are confident that the constituent board can establish the attendance zones to keep this project on-track", said Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait.

During public comments this evening, Stono Park Elementary second grade teacher, Alexandra Rodis, read a thank-you letter from a fourth-grader at the school, Anna. Jamilah Frazier also thanked the board for voting for the rebuilding project, as did Julie Hord (a parent of two students at Stono Park).


Policy IKA - Grading/Assessment Systems

The Board gave final approval for implementation of a 10 Point Grading Scale in grades 3-12. The South Carolina Uniform Grading legislative mandate requires high schools (grades 9-12) to implement the 10 point grading scale for all courses and for courses offered in middle schools for which students earn Carnegie units of credit during the current school. This Board action enables CCSD to be in full compliance with recent legislative requirements, as well as promotes consistent expectations for teaching and learning across the District.

 

FY17-18 Budget Calendar

The Board approved the budget calendar for the 2017-2018 fiscal year (FY). The budget process will be condensed for FY17-18 in order to adopt the budget in February or March so it can be in place before teacher contracts are issued in April.

 

Ad Hoc Committee Created for West Ashley TIF

Board Chair Cindy Bohn Coats spoke about a potential request for the city of Charleston to participate in a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for West Ashley. She asked for permission to appoint an Ad Hoc Committee. She asked board members Mr. Todd Garrett, Mr. Michael Miller, and Mr. Tom Ducker to participate on that committee. The board agreed by consensus.

 

Design for new Middle School In Awendaw

The board voted 8-0 to approve a recommendation coming from the Operations Committee to prepare the advanced design for a new middle school in Awendaw.

$200,000 is available from the FY17 Fixed Cost of Ownership for the middle school.

This advanced design will be completed in conjuction with the previously approved advanced design of the facility to replace Lincoln High School.

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