CCSD’s principal merry-go-round continues

CCSD’s principal merry-go-round continues
June 30 14:24 2017 Print This Article

Lowcountry Source reported on June 25 that the Charleston County School District (CCSD) has hired 19 new principals out of a total of 80 schools, meaning that almost 25% of schools in the district have new leadership. On June 27, the district announced another principal change. Springfield Elementary Principal Blondell Adams has joined the CCSD administration as the Director of Elementary Gifted Programs and Talent Development Academies. Springfield is a Title 1 school located West Ashley with 59% of its students living in poverty. Jennifer Osteen from the District 10 School Board informed Lowcountry Source that the former Springfield assistant principal will now be the interim principal.

A Charleston County School District School Board member indicated to Lowcounty Source that the administrative position Adams accepted was not advertised nor was the board consulted on the hire. The board member states that this is a violation of the CCSD personnel policy.

Over half of the principal reassignments are for high poverty schools. These schools typically have lower test scores with a higher percentage of struggling students. They also have high teacher turnover rate and a large number of first-year teachers. It is important that these schools have continuity, yet these schools have had the most leadership changes in recent years.