by John Steinberger | February 10, 2019 6:26 pm
Charleston County School Board member Kevin Hollinshead has scheduled his first of three Town Hall meetings to address the needs of the eight North Area schools designated by the state as failing. The meeting is set for Monday from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Alfred Williams Community Center, 4441 Durant Avenue in North Charleston. The event is open to the public and will be moderated by WJNI radio host Terry Base Bryant.
The eight schools designated by the state as failing are Chicora Elementary, Burns Elementary, Greg Mathis Charter High School, Mary Ford Elementary, Morningside Middle, North Charleston Elementary, Stall High, and North Charleston High. The South Carolina Department of Education will provide each school with a transformation coach. Hollinshead says more resources are needed to turn the schools around.
“These schools did not become failing schools overnight,” Hollinshead remarked. “It is the result of long-term neglect. We need to provide all the resources the community and the school district can come up with to make things right for these students.”
Among the participants in Monday’s Town Hall will be Charleston County Councilmen Henry Darby and Teddie Pryor. Darby is the principal at North Charleston High. School safety will be another focus of the Town Hall series. Chief Deputy Sheriff Eric Watson will be a participant. The Town Hall series will encourage the input of parents, teachers, principals and community members on what is needed to improve North Area schools.
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