Principals listening session marred by schedule conflict

Principals listening session marred by schedule conflict
June 19 16:23 2017 Print This Article

Charleston County School District Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait scheduled the principals session of her listening tour on a date when many school leaders are scheduled to attend the South Carolina Association of School Administrators conference in Myrtle Beach.  The principals session is scheduled for Tues., June 20 from 5 to 7 pm, while the conference concludes on Wednesday.

Ironically, the Myrtle Beach conference will provide principals with training on the Education Value-added Assessment System (EVAAS), which Postlewait used as a teacher evaluation system this year without teachers or principals being informed at the start of the school year.  The unannounced evaluation system led to 13 principals not being signed to continuing contracts at their current schools and hundreds of parents, students and teachers protesting two school board meetings in May.  SAS, the software company which developed EVAAS, has stated that the system should not be used for teacher evaluations.

Other listening sessions are scheduled for business leaders, students, parents and community leaders.  Nearly 100 teachers participated in a short-notice listening session on June 15.  You can find the schedule at http://lowcountrysource.com/feature-this/ccsd-teachers-not-notified-listening-session/