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BOT Meeting Highlights February 2018

BOT Highlights for February 26, 2018 Board of Trustees Meeting

2017-2022 Capital Program (Phase IV) Sales Tax Reallocation (D2 and D4 Regional Stadiums)

The Board of Trustees approved the reallocation of $2.3 million for the District 2 Regional Stadium (East of the Cooper) and $8.3 million for the District 4 Regional Stadium (North Area).

The reasons for the increases in cost for the stadiums ranges from a higher quality grade of stadium components such as a scoreboard and synthetic turf along with the current construction cost escalation experienced in Charleston. The primary differences between the two sites are the additional parking spaces needed for the D4 stadium and the number of teams that will play there.

The D2 stadium will be substantially complete in time for the start of the 2018 football season. The D4 stadium contract was awarded this month (February) and is scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2020.

Naming of the School of the Arts Hallway

The Board approved the recommendation to name the Charleston County School of the Arts (SOA) Creative Writing hallway after a former SOA teacher, Rene Miles. Teachers, staff, and students from SOA made a request to the district to honor Miles. In response to this request, a naming committee was created; they met on January 22, 2018 and unanimously voted to name the hallway after Rene Miles.

Naming of Angel Oak Media Center

The Board approved the recommendation to name the media center at Angel Oak Elementary after the Board of Trustees Vice Chairman, Rev. Dr. Eric Mack. The school’s Parent-Teacher Association and School Improvement Council, along with the District 9 Constituent Board and community members made this request based on Rev. Mack’s tireless support of Johns Island and Wadmalaw Island schools, including his work to help renovate Angel Oak and its facilities over the past few years. The naming committee met on January 23, 2018 to discuss the matter, and unanimously voted to have the Angel Oak Media Center named after Rev. Dr. Eric Mack.

District 3 Bus Lot

The Board voted to not build the bus lot on the land adjacent to James Island Elementary School.

The Board then voted to approve a motion to direct staff to pursue the possibility of entering a lease agreement with a property on Signal Point Road.

There is a need for a District 3 centralized bus lot because the current bus lot is located on the old Fort Johnson Middle School campus, which will become the home of the new Camp Road Middle School. The buses need to be moved to complete construction for Camp Road Middle.

Fixed Cost of Ownership FY19 Project List

The Board voted to approve the prioritized list of FY19 Fixed Cost of Ownership (FCO) projects in the amount of $35 million. FCO funding is essential to the District’s ability to provide quality educational experiences across the county when it comes to facilities, safety, information technology, arts, athletics, career and technical education, and transportation.

Special Recognition

Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement

Baptist Hill senior Ajani Brooks was honored for receiving the 2018 Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement from the U.S. Department of the Army. The Legion of Valor Bronze Cross is awarded annually to a senior JROTC Cadets by the Department of the Army for scholastic excellence in military and academic subjects, along with civic service. Brooks is one of 35 of 314,000 JRTOC cadets worldwide to receive this honor in 2018, and one of only two in South Carolina.

SCSBA Recognition

Rev. Chris Collins was recognized for 10 years of service on the Charleston County School District Board of Trustees. On behalf of the officers and staff of the South Carolina School Boards Association, Collins received a congratulatory letter, a certificate in his honor, and a service pin as a token of appreciation.

Moment in History

A video was shared highlighting Charleston native, the Private First Class (PFC) Ralph H. Johnson. Posthumously, Johnson received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War. Using his body to shield fellow Marines from a grenade, Johnson absorbed the blast and gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country in March 1968. CCSD honored him with a round of applause for his selfless and courageous acts. There will be a commissioning ceremony for the newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the U.S.S. Ralph Johnson, on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

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