by John Steinberger | October 9, 2018 4:02 pm
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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