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BOT Meeting Highlights September 2017

Fund Balance Restoration and FY-18 Budget Revision

The approved the revision of the 2017-18 budget by an 8-1 vote that adds $2.3 million to the operating fund. The majority of the amount will go to the Fund Balance (the district is making progress toward to restoring the Fund Balance to the required 8.3 percent of the general operating fund), with the rest going to Support Services for the district.

Any amount spent must be approved by the Board of Trustees first.

The addition $2.3 million came from higher-than-anticipated local, state, and federal revenues, along with transfers (over-estimated payments to charter schools and the partnership with Meeting Street Academy).

North Charleston Center for Advanced Studies Plan

The board rejected a plan, 3-6, to merge Garrett Academy of Technology with North Charleston High School (NCHS) at the current building for NCHS, and build the North Charleston Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) on the current site of Attaway-Heinsohn Stadium (where NCHS currently plays football).

The plan was officially presented to the board on March 13, 2017 at a Committee of the Whole Meeting, and then was delayed by the board at the Regular Board of Trustees Meeting on March 27, 2017. The board asked at that time for more community input on the plan. Community meetings were held March 25, June 6, and July 11.

Following the vote, the board approved a motion by an 8-0 vote to allow the three BOT North Area representatives (Cindy Bohn Coats, Rev. Chris Collins, and Kevin Hollinshead) to convene an advisory committee that will also consist of elected officials from North Charleston and community members. The information and input gathered from that committee will then be presented to the board later in October, and will come before board for another vote at the regular meeting on October 23, 2017.

More information and background to the plan can be found in the Supporting Documents from the September 25, 2017 BOT Meeting.

2017-18 Committee of the Whole Meeting Proposal

The board approved a plan an 8-0 vote to move four future Committee of the Whole (COW) Meetings to schools around the district in order to allow constituents from different areas an opportunity to gain insight on how decisions are made in CCSD.

The future COW Meetings that will be away from 75 Calhoun Street are as follows: October 9, 2017 at Baptist Hill Middle High School, December 11, 2017 at R.B. Stall High School, February 12, 2018 at St. John’s High School, and April 16, 2018 at Carolina Park Elementary School.

Special Recognition

1. Three Board of Trustees members, Cindy Bohn Coats, Priscilla Jeffery, and Kevin Hollinshead, were honored for their participation and completion of the South Carolina Board Association Boardmanship Institute.

2. CCSD’s Chief Strategy and Communications Officer Erica Taylor was recognized for being selected to participate in the SC Education Policy Fellowship Program (SC-EPFP).

Seventeen (17) professional and civic leaders from across the state are part of this year’s program, which is a 10-month intensive professional development program for established and emerging leaders in education and related fields to help equip them in working toward sound education policy and practice in South Carolina. SC-EPFP Fellows participate in a variety of activities that promote leadership, develop professional networks, demystify education policy, and foster a greater understanding of the roles of government and the community.


Fellows will meet monthly throughout the academic year for full-day dialogues, exercises and group projects, in addition to an overnight in-state Fall Leadership Forum and a four-day Washington Policy Seminar hosted by the Institute for Educational Leadership in the spring.

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