CCSD to employ new strategy for underperforming schools

CCSD to employ new strategy for underperforming schools
March 06 16:05 2020 Print This Article

Charleston County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait revealed Friday that the district will employ a new strategy for improving chronically underperforming schools. Speaking to a group of about 25 parents and concerned citizens at Maple Street Biscuit on James Island, Postlewait said the teachers will receive more intensive training in phonics instruction, schools will utilize Bridges in Mathematics curriculum materials, and more interventionists will be assigned. She also said that all North Charleston families will have 4-year-old kindergarten provided by the district.

During the roundtable discussion, parents expressed concerns about school consolidation, health and safety, changing the method by which school board members are elected, increasing access to gifted and talented instruction, facilities management and developing a financial literacy program. Postlewait said finance and statistics may be woven into the existing civics curriculum. Chief Operating Officer Jeff Borowy said that CCSD is following DHEC and CDC guidelines for disinfecting surfaces to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

Several questions were asked about expanding student parking, upgrading bus loops, overcrowding, and playground safety. It was noted that the Harbor View Elementary playground has no grass and problems with rocks and roots exist. Borowy said such facilities issues can’t be addressed until voters act on the 1% school facilities sales tax referendum in November. No projects list for the referendum has been presented to the public yet.

The School Board’s monthly Committee of the Whole meeting will be held Monday at 2 pm. Newly-hired Chief Academic Officer Karolyn Belcher will provide details on improving underperforming schools. A public comment period will begin at 2:05 at CCSD headquarters on 75 Calhoun Street.