Lowcountry Source makes case against Charleston Superintendent

Lowcountry Source makes case against Charleston Superintendent
September 27 20:22 2017 Print This Article

I went on Mornings with Kelly Golden on 94.3 WSC radio Wednesday to discuss a petition being circulated by parents which includes 39 grievances against the Charleston County School Board and Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait. The focus was on ways in which the school district has violated state law. https://www.iheart.com/podcast/139-Mornings-With-Kelly-Golden-27490169/episode/dissecting-the-petition-calling-for-superintendent-28500113/

There have been many controversial principal transfers in the Charleston County School District (CCSD) during the past year. When schools opened in August, 25% of the schools had new principals. The 1967 Act of Consolidation, which dictates CCSD governance, states that the School Board shall appoint principals upon recommendation from the local area constituent school boards (Section 5-16). The school board unlawfully ceded that responsibility to the Superintendent.

The CCSD submitted the 5-year Strategic Plan to the South Carolina Department of Education without a School Board vote or the required citizen stakeholder meetings. The plan was signed April 7 by School Board Chairwoman Kate Darby and Postlewait.

State law requires government agencies to respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests within 10 business days. Lowcountry Source noted that the CCSD routinely fails to comply with the FOIA law.

CCSD has an annual operations budget of nearly $500 Million a year. Despite all of that spending, most of our high-poverty schools are failing. Staffing in those schools has been cut in the form of reading specialists, teacher coaches, mentors, parent advocates and student concern specialists. CCSD spend lots of money but gets dismal results. Best practices in schools are not being disseminated. It is time to demand better results and accountability from our nine elected School Board members.