• BOT Special Recognitions

  • The Charleston County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees publicly recognizes students and staff who have received a regional, state or national award. The Board also recognizes the efforts of community partners and other volunteer efforts that provide exemplary service to CCSD schools. 


    May 2019


    Ron McWhirt Scholarship

    On November 14, 2018 the Charleston County School District Operations Division hosted the 17th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit the Mark Cobb Memorial/Ron McWhirt Scholarship Fund.

    Proceeds from the tournament are offered as scholarships to deserving children of CCSD employees. 

    This year’s tournament did very well, securing $12,676.52 for student scholarships. 

    This brings the 17-year total earnings for scholarships to over $190,000.

    Scholarships are awarded to the children of full-time CCSD staff. Students are chosen based on essay entries and resumes outlining their work in high school and future career goals.

    Four $2500 scholarships were awarded to:

    Emma A. Stevenson - Wando
    Katherine Kuisel - Academic Magnet
    Jane Southard Jacobs - Wando
    Emmeline Anderson Basco – Wando

    State Athletic Champions

    Wando’s Boys Soccer Team were also the 5A State Champions
    Seniors on the team are:
    Cole Barnard
    Ben Fayssoux
    Owen Hamilton
    Andrew Lansink
    Jonah Miller
    Ari Ogretmen
    Sean Smith

    Track & Field 

    Hannah Togami - Won the Pole Vault with a jump of 12 feet even.

    David Kowalchick - Won the Shot Put with a throw of 58 feet 1 inch and the Discus with a throw of 181 feet 10 inches. 

    Military Magnet

    Antwaun Gantt  - Wrestling 182 lb. 1A state champion 

    Military Magnet Academy also had several individual state track champions. They are:

    Kelvin Holman 
    100M: 1st place, 11.07, 
    200M: 1st place, 22.44, 
    400M: 1st place, 51.45

    Tarique Ulmer
    Pole Vault: 1st place, 9 feet 6 inches 

    4x100M Boys Relay won the state championship with a winning time of 43.88 seconds 
    Kelvin Heyward
    Xavier White
    Kelvin Holman
    Antonio Champagne

    4x400M Boys Relay won the state championship with a winning time of 
    3 minutes,35.75 seconds 
    Xavier White 
    Kelvin Heyward
    Garnaris McCormick
    Deondre Waites


    Dolan Owens - James Island Charter School
    5A Boys Cross Country State champion with a winning time of 15:40.15 

    Garrett Academy- 4x100 meter relay AA State Champions with a winning time of 42.13 seconds Jebriel Jenkins RaeQuan Floyd Jordon McNeil Shakur Gadsden was the state champion in the 200 meter run with a winning time of 22.06 seconds. 

    Baptist Hill Middle/High - 1A Women’s 4X100 Meter Relay State Champions with a time of 50.23 seconds Alana Foster Tyanna Murray Takiah Nottage Rosalyn Bryant Rosalyn Bryant also was the 1A State Champion in the High Jump with a leap of 5’2” Baptist Hill

    Academic Magnet High School Isabella Darce won the AAA 400 Meter Run State Champion with a winning time of 58.50 seconds. Colin Baker won the AAA 3200 meter state championship 3 years in a row. He set the state record this year with a winning time of 9:15.53. He was also the state champion this year in the 1600 meters with a winning time of 4:21.15 and also was the AAA State champion in Cross Country with a winning time of 14:48.53 

    Baker / Darce


    SCBDA Outstanding Performance


    The hours of practice and the long trips to performances are over. The hard work of our local middle school bands has paid off. 

    The South Carolina Band Directors Association has awarded Cario Middle School, Laing Middle School and Moultrie Middle School the Outstanding Performance Award for the 2018-2019 school year. 

    Points are accumulated through participation and ratings earned at state-sponsored performance events such as:
    All-State and Region Band
    Concert Performance Assessment
    Solo and Ensemble Festival

     Mason Mumford, Director of Bands for Moultrie Middle School and Principal Ryan Cumback. They are joined by Moultrie Band Students and their parents.

    Nicholas Nafpliotis and his students from Laing Middle School.
    In addition, we have Cario Middle School band directors Jeff Scott and Samantha Mumford along with band students: 
    Brendan Breen
    Bailey Samonte
    Brady Setser
    Jeffrey Song
    Kiersten Miller
    Matthew Bailey

    Academic Magnet

    Academic Magnet Top High School

    The U.S. News Best High Schools rankings include data on more than 17,000 schools that were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

    Almost all courses offered at Academic Magnet are either honors or Advanced Placement courses, and every student completes an independent research project during their junior and senior years. Students' work has been published in multiple academic and professional journals. Students can stay connected with Wi-Fi access in the cafeteria and three computer labs.

    Jayuntay Williams

    Teacher of the Year

    Jayuntay Williams who was named the 2019 Charleston County School District Teacher of the Year at the recent dinner celebration honoring all of the district's Teachers of the Year.

    Mr. Williams is a math teacher at West Ashley Middle - Advanced Studies Magnet. He lives his passion everyday by teaching students the connection between hard work and achieving their goals. 

    While continuing to teach, Mr. Williams will also lead his fellow Honor Roll Teachers by coordinating and managing the monthly Teacher Roundtable, as well as the Teacher of the Year Inauguration and Leadership Summit. . 

    In addition, Mr. Williams was awarded a one-year lease, at no cost, to drive a BMW for the next year thanks to our partner Rick Hendrick of Charleston. Other district partners that help make our Teacher of the Year recognition program possible are Panera Bread and the Charleston RiverDogs. 


    Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators – Nancy Platt

    The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. 

    James B. Edwards Elementary School’s very own Nancy Platt was recently awarded this honor and will be recognized in July.

    The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administers this award to honor, support and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms and teaching methods.

    Mrs. Platt will be awarded $2500 as will James B. Edwards to fund environmental educational activities and programs.

    Mrs. Platt is the school’s Green Team Sponsor. She oversees the school’s Lowcountry Sustainability Program. 

    The program encourages recycling, horticulture, and other sustainable practices presented in an educational and hands-on based format where students are encouraged to be leaders in the community. The goal of the program is to cultivate global leaders for a sustainable future. 

    This award further honors Mrs. Platt’s commitment to environmental studies and her commitment to teaching children to be champions of the environment.

    April 2019


    Energy Conservation Award

    CCSD staff, at both the school and district level, implemented steps to reduce energy costs and consumption. 

    These actions led to a state-level recognition by the Association of South Carolina Energy Managers for reducing “energy intensity” by 20 percent since the year 2000.

    Jeff Borrowy and his staff were on hand to receive the 20% by 2020 Award at their conference earlier this month.

    Some of the energy-saving decisions by CCSD included moving to highly-efficient LED lighting in schools and district buildings, remote control of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning and associated mechanical equipment, and setting back temps in facilities during unoccupied hours.

    CCSD Energy Services

    Project Lead the Way

    Congratulations go to Wando High School - the only high school in the state of South Carolina to be honored by Project Lead The Way (PLTW) as a Distinguished School for the 2018-2019 school year. Wando High School is also a repeat winner from Charleston County School District (CCSD).

    In addition, for the second year in a row, Thomas C. Cario Middle School received Distinguished School Gateway status for the PLTW opportunities offered to its middle school students. In addition, Morningside Middle Schoolwas also recognized as a Gateway School. They were two out of only five middle schools in South Carolina to receive this recognition for 2018-2019.

    PLTW is a non-profit organization whose recognition program honors schools that are committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. Schools that are recognized for this honor empower their students to thrive in an evolving world and have achieved exemplary results.

    Wando offers PLTW programs in Engineering and Biomedical Science. Cario offers Automation and Robotics, Computer Science for Innovators and Makers, Design and Modeling, and Medical Detectives. And, Morningside currently offers Automation and Robotics, Flight and Space, and Design and Modeling.

    Project Lead the Way
    Capturing Kid’s Hearts 

    Kids want to be in classrooms where teachers know how to connect with them and make them feel valued. In Charleston County that culture is found in every school.

    But the top honors go to three schools recently named as Capturing Kid’s Hearts Showcase Schools.

    Memminger Elementary School, Jerry Zucker Middle School, and R.B. Stall High School were recently recognized as a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools for the 2018-2019 school year from the Flippen Group.

    Capturing Kids Hearts
    Teacher of the Year Finalists

    CCSD's Top Five Finalists were recognized leading up to the Teacher of the Year Banquet next month.

    They were surprised with the Top Five Finalist announcement last month by the district’s current Teacher of the Year, Stephanie Haecherl of Whitesides Elementary School.

    Each of these finalists had the opportunity to check out a BMW from Rick Hendrick BMW of Charleston that the District Teacher of the Year will receive at the Celebration, which is scheduled for May 9, 2019. 

    Teacher of the Year Finalists
    Rick Hendrick of Charleston

    Rick Hendrick of Charleston is the Teacher of the Year sponsor and a creative partner to the district in celebrating our educators.

    In addition to allowing the Top Five Finalists to view a caravan of BMW vehicle options during the surprise announcements, BMW invited all five teachers to the BMW Performance Driving School in Greenville, South Carolina for an unmatched driving experience.

    Rick Hendrick of Charleston has also been generous enough to give the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year the BMW to drive around for one year.

    This type of partnership allows the district to forge lasting community relationships all while rewarding our educators.

    Hendrick BMW

    March 2019

    American Heart Association

    Charleston County School District has shown true commitment and passion by supporting the American Heart Association through our school-based programs (Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart) during the last school year.

    During the 2017-2018 school year, CCSD had 20 schools help save lives through participation in research and education programs in partnership with the American Heart Association. 

    CCSD was the Number TWO school district in the state raising a total of $170,777 to fund lifesaving cardiovascular and brain health research.

    Jennie Moore Elementary School was the top school in the NATION!

    Through participation in these programs, students not only learned about the important role that exercise and nutrition play in heart health, but also about the warning signs for heart attack and stroke, volunteerism, and helping others. 

    Tonight we have Rachel Stanley, Youth Market Director, for the American Heart Association here to recognize our students and schools for their outstanding participation in last year's Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart campaigns.


    Jill Burgin - South Carolina State Nurse of the Year

    Charleston County School District (CCSD) is proud to announce Jill Burgin, the school nurse at Stiles Point Elementary School, was named the 2019 South Carolina School Nurse of the Year by the South Carolina State Department of Education and the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) this week. 

    This is the second straight year a nurse from CCSD has earned this honor; Mary Ford Elementary School’s Charlene Barbot won this award in 2018. 

    Burgin has been a nurse for 25 years, including the past 14 at Stiles Point Elementary. She has also implemented numerous school-wide health promotion and wellness strategies, all of which have had a positive impact on students, staff, and families.

    She was officially honored in Columbia at the 38th Annual SCASN Conference

    Congratulations to Mr. Burgin to whom we are grateful for her continued commitment to student health.

    American Heart Assoication


    Ishraq Haque - Academic Magnet

    Ishraq Haque’s (pronounced ish-RACK HOCK) mission of providing clean water for his parents’ hometown in Bangladesh earned him first place at the South Carolina Department of Defence Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Columbia earlier this year.

    The sophomore at Academic Magnet High School (AMHS) was awarded a $2,000 scholarship and a trip to Albuquerque, NM for the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in late April. Haque will be one of 230 students from around the world competing for additional scholarship money at the event April 24-27, 2019 in New Mexico. 

    Ishraq is part of the Academic Magnet Science Club. His project, titled A Novel Approach to Removing Arsenic from Drinking Water for Low-Income Populations in Rural Villages, highlighted a household water purification system he developed; it is currently being used in several homes in a town in Bangladesh. 

    Congratulations on a job well done.


    #teamBurns - CPN Social Studies Bowl

    Scholars from Edmund A. Burns Elementary School captured the 2019 Charleston Promise Neighborhood (CPN) Social Studies Bowl title earlier this month. The CPN Social Studies Bowl gives students an opportunity to showcase what they have learned in school when it comes to history, government, geography, and sociology.

    Burns not only took the overall championship but also earned wins in the 3rd- and 5th-grade levels;

    Jonathan Dugan, Burns’ math interventionist serves as the coach of the Social Studies Bowl team. Under his leadership, 5th-grader David Turner helped lead the Bears to victory.

    Great job Team Burns!!

    February 2019

    Patriot Award


    CCSD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Gerrita Postlewait, was honored for receiving the Employment Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award. Representatives from ESGR attended the brief presentation, and to recognize Dr. Postlewait's support for National Guard and Reserve soldiers, such as flexible schedules, deployments, family care, and leaves of absence. 

    Adult Education

    CCSD’s Director of Adult Education, Susan Friedrich, was recognized for being named the Coalition on Adult Basic Education’s (COABE) 2019 Outstanding Administrator of the Year earlier this month. She be will be honored in New Orleans at COABE’s national conference in April. Friedrich was recently named the South Carolina Adult Education Director of the Year.