WAHS to retain bell schedule

WAHS to retain bell schedule
June 08 21:32 2017 Print This Article

A consideration to push back West Ashley High School’s bell schedule was tabled by the Constituent District 10 school board. The schedule will remain from 7:15 am to 2:15 pm. There was discussion about research showing that teens perform better with a later starting time. Parent Kerry Gillner told the board that the current schedule promotes participation in after-school programs such as robotics and student work schedules. She also noted that a change in the high school bus schedule would conflict with other school bus schedules in District 10.

The District 10 board heard a request from several parents to provide bus service for West Ashley students who attend the International Baccalaureate program at Memminger elementary downtown. Bus service is currently available for West Ashley students who attend Buist Academy and Charleston Progressive downtown, with pick-up sites at Walmart, Citadel Mall and South Windermere Shopping Center. There are currently 23 West Ashley students who attend Memminger. District 10 Chairman Rodney Lewis said he would discus transportation options with Charleston County School District (CCSD) officials.

A major issue discussed was more local input in principal hiring and transfer policy. The principal at West Ashley Middle School (at the former Middleton High School campus) was transferred to St. James-Santee in McClellanville. The incoming interim principal Grant Glover is currently serving as an assistant principal in Lexington County and has not had the opportunity to meet with District 10 board members or members of the local community. Principals Lee Runyon at West Ashley High School and Blondell Adams at Springfield Elementary have “pending” contracts.

Following a move by the District 2 Constituent District school board in Mt. Pleasant, the District 10 board voted to send a letter to the county school board calling for local input in principal hiring and transfer decisions. Board member Henry Copeland cited that the current policy of allowing the Superintendent unilateral hiring and transfer authority is not compliant with existing state law. County school board member Kevin Hollinshead attended the meeting and said he supports more local input for hiring and transfer decisions. The county board will take up the issue Monday.