School Board cut out of CCSD’s Strategic Plan

School Board cut out of CCSD’s Strategic Plan
July 06 19:19 2017 Print This Article

Every five years South Carolina school districts submit a District Strategic Plan, required by State Board of Education Regulation 43-261. This plan outlines how the district will increase student achievement. EdFirstSC, a teacher advocacy group, published the Charleston County School District (CCSD) Strategic Plan on its Facebook page. The plan was submitted to the South Carolina Department of Education on April 7, 2017. Ryan Brown, the Chief Communication Officer of the SC Department of Education, confirmed that the plan had been submitted in April. It was signed by Charleston County School Board Chair Kate Darby and Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait.

State law requires the District Strategic Plan be approved by the school board before being submitted. Lowcountry Source spoke to two school board members who stated that they never voted on a strategic plan. Strategic Plans are developed with community leaders, parents, principals, teachers, and other employees. The Greenville School District Strategic Plan has a list of 13 community leaders from Greenville Tech, Bell South, Michelin North America, and Furman University to name a few. The CCSD Strategic Plan has one community leader listed –  John Read from Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative, which is affiliated with the Greater Charleston Chamber of Commerce.

The CCSD Strategic Plan needs to be re-booted with true community input, including principals, teachers, parents, students and community leaders.  The plan submitted without public hearings of a vote by the elected school board is not in compliance with state law.