From the Superintendent's Desk - August 2, 2012
Today, we held our first county-wide administrators meeting of the school year at Burke High School. Principals and central office staff gathered to welcome new leaders, get an update on district progress, and hear more about the strategies we will utilize this year to make Vision 2016 a reality.
Speaking of progress, this Monday, the federal government released its new federal rating system, and CCSD received a "B” for exceeding the state’s expectations. While I am pleased about the progress, I know we have room for improvement. With your help and our fidelity to Vision 2016, we will make an “A” next year. Every school in our district also received a grade. In the near future, we will be posting the grades and information about the new grading system on our website.
During the meeting, we also took time to formally thank the students who are featured in our Vision 2016 materials. Many of you have seen their beaming faces on the billboards across the county. The students were thrilled to be recognized, and received a big round of applause, as well as a few gifts. After meeting these students and their families, I was personally inspired and reminded why we do the work we do. These students represent the future of our district and our community.
With the first day of school less than three weeks away, teachers, principals, and central office staff are busy getting ready for another great school year. All across the county, teachers are being hired, classrooms are being organized, schools are being cleaned, and the hard work of making the first day of school a true success is in full swing. Our commitment to effective instructional leaders in ALL our schools was the reason our board voted 6-3 during today's special called board meeting and approved multi-year contracts for the principals of Burke Middle High School and North Charleston High School.
Please make sure to visit our back-to-school page for important information on registration, transportation, school lunches, and more. As part of this effort, don’t forget the Hand’s of Christ uniform distribution, which started July 30, Hootie’s Homegrown Roundup on August 18, and the First Day Festival on August 19. All three of these efforts provide tremendous resources and services to our families – leading up to the first day of school, August 22.
If you have any questions or feedback about back-to-school resources, call us at (843) 937-6303.
I truly appreciate all you do for our students and our community.
-- Dr. Nancy J. McGinley