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BOT Meeting Highlights January 2017

January 23, 2017

Special Recognitions

1.  The Moultrie Middle School Mock Trial Team was honored for winning the South Carolina State Middle School Mock Trial competition. Principal Ryan Cumback and Cathleen Lee, Lead Teacher and Coach, represented the school tonight during the recognition.

Congratulations to the 2016 Mock Trial winners!

The team members are:

Barron Burns

Finlay Palmer                  

Ansel Dietrich

Lucas Sneed

Maris Ferro

Luke Wallace

Addyson Fisher

Estella Walsh

Joy Katzburg

Crawford White             

Whitney Knotts

Laney Winn

Emma Nodine

2.  On November 9, 2016 the Charleston County School District Operations Division hosted the 15th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit the Mark Cobb Memorial and Ron McWhirt Scholarship Fund. Proceeds of the tournament are offered as scholarships to deserving children of CCSD employees. Ron Kramps, Executive Director of Facilities and presented the Mark Cobb Memorial/Ron McWhirt Scholarship check of $16,153.80 to the District. From this year’s funds, five $2,500 scholarships will be awarded.

Special Attendees:

  • Tammy Cobb

  • Ron McWhirt

A special thank you to this year’s sponsors:

  • Jumper Carter Sease Architects – Todd Sease with wife Deanna
  • SC School Plant Management Association – Drema Johnson
  • SCE&G – Danny Kassis
  • Thompson Turner Construction – Paige Carlton & Spencer Faw
  • Bonitz Flooring
  • CMI
  • Clean Masters
  • Durham School Services
  • GCA Services
  • Spartan Chemical
  • Tyco Integrated Security
  • WTI/Weathering Technology Inc.
  • Wilson & Associates Sports Turf

3.     Wayne Wilcher, Director of Contracts and Procurement, presented the Bank of America Rebate Check. The District annually receives a rebate from p-card (procurement card) purchases. This year’s rebate amount is $166,591.51, which is a 6,414.56 increase from last year.

4.     On behalf of the Charleston County School District, the Board of Trustees was honored as part of National School Board Recognition Month. A proclamation was read in their honor, issued and signed by Governor Nikki Haley. We thank the Board for their tireless service and dedication to the students, families, and staff members here in the Charleston County School District.

Calendar Options for 2017-2018

The CCSD Board of Trustees requested that staff continue to work on calendar options that would make it such that school ends prior to the second week in June in 2018.

Staff will offer suggestions, and present them to the Board of Trustees at the next appropriate opportunity.

Top Talent Schools

CCSD has designated 12 “Top Talent Schools” through careful review of 2016 student achievement data provided on individual school dashboards and alignment with recently-adopted goals for student achievement. The Board of Trustees approved the measure with an 8-0 vote.

Criteria for selection were academic achievement, learning gaps, student growth, graduation rate, and college and career readiness. These schools will receive preferential hiring and focused resources and training.

The 2017-18 “Top Talent Schools” selected through this process are: Sanders-Clyde Elementary, Chicora Elementary, Burns Elementary, Mary Ford Elementary, North Charleston Elementary, St. James-Santee School, Northwoods Middle, Morningside Middle, West Ashley Middle, Baptist Hill Middle-High, St John’s High, and Garrett Academy.

Admission Protocol for Academic Magnet High School

The Board of Trustees approved a measure by a 7-0 vote to continue the work focused on increasing diversity at Academic Magnet High School (AMHS).

The work, or program is considered the Academic Magnet High School “Top Two” Admissions Protocol. The next steps in the process are:

Identification of two students in each Charleston County School District 8th grade program with the highest Grade Point Average (GPA) by district and school leadership.

Students identified as the top two in each 8th grade program will be invited to complete the application for admission to AMHS, and each student who meets the admissions' standards for AMHS (a score of at least 13 on the rubric) will be offered a place in the 9th grade for the 2017-2018 school year. These seats will be over and above the 150 seats for 9th graders.

Board member Chris Collins introduced a motion that asked that staff to take additional steps to communicate with underrepresented areas and encourage students to apply to AMHS to increase participation in the application process.

75 Calhoun Verizon Antenna Revenue

The Board approved CCSD staff to enter into negotiations with Egan Realty for a contract to lease space for cell phone equipment at 75 Calhoun Street (central CCSD office in downtown Charleston). The motion passed via consent 8-0.

There is a possibility the roof of 75 Calhoun will be used as the site for the cell phone towers. If the roof is used, the cell phone towers would not be visible from the street. At this time, the financial benefit to the district and the total space to be used cannot be determined. That will be finalized during contract negotiations.

Act 388 Resolution

Act 388, which was passed in 2006, took away the school district’s ability to tax primary homeowners to fund our general operating budget. Instead, a one cent sales tax was passed to make up the difference. Unfortunately, this has not provided the necessary funds needed to operate our schools.

The Charleston County School Board of Trustees is asking our Charleston Legislative Delegation to propose legislation to amend Act 388 that would allow the district to pay for unfunded mandates (such as teacher raises) by increasing local taxes.


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