Charleston County teachers rate school board “ineffective”

by John Steinberger | July 31, 2018 5:06 pm

A recent survey compiled by the Charleston Teachers Alliance (CTA), an advocacy group representing teachers in the Charleston County School District (CCSD) rated the nine member school board “ineffective.” The survey indicated some school board members were “pursuing an unclear agenda.” 750 of the CTA’s approximately 1100 members (68%) participated in the survey. Participants graded Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait at 2.01 on a scale of 4, up from 1.41 a year ago.

Principals were rated based on 16 different leadership criteria. The principals at 11 schools received a average score of 3.5 or higher. The “leadership honor roll” schools are Academic Magnet High, Carolina Park Elementary, Cario Middle, Drayton Hall Elementary, James Island Charter High, Laurel Hill Primary (K-3), Montessori Community School (K-8), Oakland Elementary, Pinehurst Elementary, St. James-Santee (K-8), and Zucker Middle. The principals at six schools received an average score below 2.0 and are designated “leadership at-risk schools.” They are Baptist Hill High, Ellington Elementary, Liberty Hill (special needs school), Mary Ford Elementary, St. Johns High, and Sanders-Clyde Elementary.

The school board’s average score in six categories was 1.68, up from 1.47 a year ago. Current school board members who are up for re-election in November include Chairwoman Kate Darby, who represents the East Cooper area, Cindy Bohn Coats (North Area), and Eric Mack (West Ashley). Board member Chris Staubes (East Cooper) is not seeking a second four-year term. There are 11 candidates running for the four seats on the November ballot.

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