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BOT Meeting Highlights January 2018

2018-2019 Academic Calendar Proposals

The Board of Trustees approved by an 8-0 Option 2 of the three options presented by CCSD staff, specifically the current CCSD Teachers of the Year, for the 2018-2019 Academic Calendar. The calendar can be viewed here.

Highlights of the 2018-2019 are as follows:

  • Start date is August 21, 2018
  • End date is June 6, 2019
  • First semester ends January 18, 2019
  • Fall Break will be November 21-25, 2018
  • Winter Break will be December 22, 2018 through January 6, 2019 (district teachers and staff would report to work on January 4, 2019; there will be no school for students on the 4th).
  • Spring Break will be March 23-31, 2019
  • An additional Spring Weekend will be April 19-22, 2019 (district teachers and staff would report to work on April 22, 2019; there will be no school for students on the 22nd).
  • State-required Weather Makeup Days are set for November 19-20, 2018 and February 18, 2019.
If the Weather Makeup Day ARE NOT used, they will turn into days off for students.

The survey that listed three options was available on the district website from January 10, 2018 through January 22, 2018. Option 2 was the clear favorite in the survey, receiving over 55 percent of the votes; Options 1 and 3 received around 22 and 23 percent support, respectively.

The calendar must now be submitted to the State Department of Education for approval.

For more on the requirements for the Academic Calendar, click here.

Amending the 2017-2018 Academic Calendar

The board approved by a 9-0 vote (Consent Agenda) to forgive three instructional days lost due to Winter Storm Grayson (January 4, 5, and 8) and to submit a request to the State Board of Education to forgive a fourth day lost (January 9).

2010-2016 Capital Building Program (Phase III) Sales Tax Budget Reallocation (Ronald Kramps)

The board approved by a 9-0 vote (Consent Agenda) the reallocation $4,085,472 due to several projects from Phase III that were completed under budget:

Angel Oak Elementary will receive $125,000 for a new playground
District 4 Bus Lots (Azalea and Northwoods) will receive $2,672,937 extra for repairs
Chicora Elementary will receive $50,000 to improve the bus drop off lane.
Garrett Academy of Technology will receive $140,000 for a seismic evaluation.

The remaining balance of $1,097,534 will be held as program contingency until the Phase III projects are complete.

Appointment of Committee Chairs

The board approved the following appointments:
Strategic Education Committee Chair - Priscilla Jeffery
Policy & Personnel Committee Chair - Cindy Bohn Coats
Operations Committee Chair - Michael Miller
Audit & Finance Committee Chair - Todd Garrett; Rev. Dr. Eric Mack and Michael Miller will also serve on the Audit & Finance Committee with Mr. Garrett.

Special Recognition

Board Appreciation

CCSD Board Appreciation

In honor of School Board Recognition Month, Charleston County School District honored the Board of Trustees with commemorative plaques, plants, and copies of the School Board resolution signed by Governor Henry McMaster. The District is grateful for the service our Board of Trustees provides to our students, staff, and community.


Star Supporter Award - City of North Charleston

The District’s Department of Expanded Learning presented the City of North Charleston with the 2017 Supporting Star Award, thanks to their provide support of CCSD’s Kaleidoscope programs in North Charleston. The services are in excess of $300,000 annually, which allows the Expanded Learning program to service 800 students daily.


2017 South Carolina Engaged Community Partner Award - CCSD’s Extended Learning Program

CCSD’s Department of Expanded Learning received the 2017 South Carolina Engaged Community Partner Award at the Citadel's Spring Partner Award ceremony. The department advocates for and establishes critical afterschool and summer programs for high-risk youth in downtown Charleston Title I schools under various titles.

Arts Educator

2017 Art Educator of the Year

Wando High School’s Mary Catherine Peeples was honored for receiving the South Carolina Art Education Association’s 2017 Art Educator of the Year Award and the Mary Whyte Award. The Mary White Award is designed to highlight a visual art teacher in our state who has demonstrated a superior commitment to their students and to their craft; the award also comes with a $5,000 prize. Peeples wrote CCSD’s Visual Arts Curriculum and provided multiple professional learning opportunities in cooperation with local arts organizations to other visual arts teachers in the District.

Daniel Jenkins Academy

Whole Child Award

Daniel Jenkins Academy was recognized for receiving the Whole Child Award, which is presented by South Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. This honor (Whole Child Award) recognizes schools that create a culture that exemplifies one or more of the five tenets of the Whole Child Initiative: Healthy, Safe, Supported, Challenged, and Engaged. Daniel Jenkins Academy was selected for a Whole Child Award under the “Supported” tenet by making sure each student has access to personalized learning is supported by qualified and caring adults.

SC School Nurse of the Year

2018 South Carolina School Nurse of the Year

Mary Ford Elementary School’s Charlene Barbot was honored for earning the 2018 South Carolina School Nurse of the Year Award (which is presented by the South Carolina State Department of Education and the Department of Health and Environmental Control). With 25 years of pediatric nursing experience, Barbot has managed several projects. Under her leadership, Mary Ford Elementary won the 2016-2017 Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness School Health Initiative Award.

2018 South Carolina Nurse Administrator of the Year

Ellen Nitz, CCSD’s Nurse Liaison for District 1 and 2, is the 2018 South Carolina School Nurse Administrator of the Year. Nitz has worked with Roper St. Francis staff to put an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in every school and with MUSC and the American Heart Association as the lead CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor.
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