Lead Story: 9/22/08 CCSD Board of Trustees Meeting
Hillery Douglas, Chairman of the Board introduced the teacher cadets from Wando High School and their instructor Betsy Wilson. He recognized the Citadel as the college partner and asked the cadets to stand to be recognized.
Irene Meier, Executive Director from the Office of Exceptional Children introduced Dr. Jane Charles and Mr. Walt Jenner from the Medical University of South Carolina. Jenner and Charles recognized Debbie Hanna and the entire Office of Exceptional Children staff for their valuable partnership and work in Autism research.
Elliot Smalley, Executive Director of Planning, Marketing and Communications introduced Sadie Fox, an 8th grade Science teacher from C. E. Williams Middle School for Creative and Scientific Arts. Four of Ms. Fox’s students formed a robotics club in the 2007-2008 school year. As a result of its success in multiple competitions, the team was invited to Suzhou, China to take part in the RoboCup Junior competition this summer.
Dr. McGinley began her discussion of the significant developments since the last Board meeting by highlighting the PACT scores which were released almost two weeks ago. This year, Charleston County School District (CCSD):
- had the highest levels of Proficient/Advanced scores on record, and the highest percentages of Basic and Above on record.
- out-performed the state: in every subject and at every grade level, we had more students scoring at the Proficient/Advanced level than the state of South Carolina.
- jumped more last year than it did the previous two years combined in its percentage of students scoring Proficient/Advanced in ELA and Math.
- when compared to results ten years ago—doubled in its percentage of students scoring at proficiency in English-Language Arts doubling, and tripled in Math.
She spoke about the district placing a laser-like focus on the achievement gap and then shared how the School Redesign Initiative public engagement meetings have been going, with over 100 people attending each meeting at Burke and Baptist Hill high schools, and over 150 parents and community members at St. Johns on Wednesday. A survey and PowerPoint presentation about this process are available online on a school redesign page online at www.ccsdschools.com. The district is working closely with PTA and SIC groups, and she is optimistic about the high level of feedback CCSD is getting in this process. She will bring the revised criteria back to the Board on October 13th.
CCSD is taking dramatic steps to save money during this year’s budget cycle, which is why the district is rolling out the redesign process. And it is why CCSD will keep working to maximize tax dollars while investing in the work of teachers and those programs that support the three core goals. This week, the district’s bond ratings were received for both Standard and Poors and Moodys. In each case, CCSD maintained the previous level of bond ratings, which are very strong, placing us in the top tier of public school districts nationwide.
She concluded by saying that today the Board approved a motion to extend a one-year contract for the Academic Magnet High School basketball coach position.
Five individuals discussed the current space constraints and the need for larger facilities for the Montessori Community School. One person conveyed his appreciation for the decision to hire the basketball coach at Academic Magnet High School. A parent expressed concern for a current bus route and asked for a modification to the route.
Approval of Minutes
The Board approved the minutes of their open session and executive session meeting on September 8, 2008 meeting. The Board approved motions of executive session from their meeting on September 22, 2008 as outlined below. The Board approved the financial minutes for September 8, 2008.
Motions for Executive Session, September 8, 2008
- 1.1: The Board approved the transfer of two students.
- 1.2: The Board approved a motion to extend a one year contract to the basketball coach at Academic Magnet High School.
- 1.3: The Board approved the appointment of Anthony Dixon as the new principal of Memminger Elementary School.
- 1.4: This item was pulled from the agenda.
No reports were presented.
Charleston Achieving Excellence Priority Items
Lara Latto, principal of Murray-LaSaine Elementary, discussed the invaluable time and contributions made by Day of Caring volunteers on September 11, 2008 at the school.
Potential Consent Agenda Items
- 9.1: Approved a motion to have Toler and Jordan to serve as delegates for the Charleston County School Board at the December 6, 2008 Legislative and Advocacy Conference
- 9.2: Approved the recommendation for the Early Site Work Package for Stiles Point Elementary.
- 9.3: This item was pulled
The next regular meeting of the Charleston County School District Board of Trustees will be at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, October 13, 2008 in the boardroom at 75 Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston. All are welcome.