CCSD's 2010 State of the Schools
State of the Schools: Presentations and Publications
State of the Schools: Overview
On Tuesday, May 18, 2010, Charleston County School District (CCSD) held its State of the Schools event at the new School of the Arts auditorium. The event was sponsored by Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
Everything on the agenda--including speeches and student performances-- focused on the theme "Believe, Achieve, Excel." In her annual State of the Schools address, Superintendent Dr. Nancy J. McGinley reflected on the past year and outlined the district's plan to address four strategic priorities. Anita Zucker, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the InterTech Group in North Charleston, received the district's first "Friend of Public Education Lifetime Award." One highlight was a special video message from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who praised CCSD and Dr. McGinley for recent progress and who shared national education priorities.
The Wando High jazz band and percussion ensemble opened the event with a dynamic performance. CCSD Board Chair Ruth Jordan then welcomed all the guests and introduced the Master of Ceremonies Caleb Milligan, a fifth grade student at Drayton Hall Elementary. Throughout the event, students showcased their talent and the diverse opportunities offered in CCSD schools.
The audience of approximately 500 people included key district partners such as local mayors; police chiefs; CCSD's countywide and Constituent Board of Trustees Members; leaders from MUSC, College of Charleston, and local colleges; CCSD principals, teachers, and other employees; and local parent, business, nonprofit and faith-based leaders.
A reception held in the school's cafeteria followed the event. Culinary students from five high schools provided an assortment of desserts, and School of the Arts middle school jazz musicians provided the entertainment.