Postlewait’s contract set to expire in December

Postlewait’s contract set to expire in December
October 09 16:02 2018 Print This Article

Charleston County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait only has three months remaining on her contract. If the consolidated school board fails to renew her contract before the end of the year, she will automatically receive a one-year extension on her existing contract.

Postlewait’s three-year tenure has been controversial. In 2017, she changed the teacher evaluation system without school board approval. She also orchestrated a large-scale principal shuffle that year, with about 25% of the schools beginning the 2017-2018 school year with new principals. She has also received criticism for hiring high-salaried administrative personnel without school board approval, scrapping the district’s literacy program and the failure to improve outcomes for high-poverty students. Fewer than 20% of black 3rd-graders in the district are reading at grade level. Only 11.5% of black 8th-graders are performing at or above grade level in math.

The non-profit group Charleston Coalition for Kids is running ads supporting school board candidates who have a favorable opinion of Postlewait’s performance. It is not clear whether the existing school board plans to schedule a vote on a contract extension prior to the end of the year.

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  1. October 09, 16:45 #1 Glad I’m retired from CCSD

    So she has hired high-salaried administrative personnel but got rid of the literacy program. I think that says it all.

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    • October 10, 12:21 Martha Riggs

      What literacy program did she get rid of? I’m new to town.

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      • October 10, 14:02 Glad I’m retired from CCSD

        Not sure, but it is typical of CCSD to fund a new program and then, before it has been given sufficient time to judge its effectiveness, the programs are scrapped. Robin may know which literacy program was the latest victim since she did the research on this story.

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  2. October 11, 06:12 #2 Robin Steinberger

    I wrote about a literacy program that CCSD implemented in 2010. Then CCSD had an $18 million shortfall in 2015 and cut the program by a third. It was a program that gave extra reading instruction by reading specialists to students who had low reading scores on an achievement test. This is the link to the article I wrote:
    https://lowcountrysource.com/feature-this/hundreds-students-left-behind-reading-intervention-program/

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