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BOT Meeting Highlights October 2017

North Charleston Center for Advanced Studies Plan


The board voted 9-0 to call for a Special Called meeting to make a decision on where the North Charleston Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) will be placed in District 4. The motion also asked the North Charleston CAS Advisory Committee, which consists of the three North Area CCSD BOT members (Cindy Bohn Coats, Rev. Chris Collins, and Kevin Hollinshead) along with local elected officials and committee members, to meet again (they met on October 18) before a Special Called Board of Trustees Meeting that has been scheduled for the afternoon of November 2, 2017.


The board was considering a recommendation to locate the North Charleston CAS, a regional program for career and technology, at the site of the North Charleston High School's football stadium, unless the North Charleston area Board members presented an alternate plan that was acceptable to a majority of the Board.


There was discussion about placing the North Charleston CAS on the R.B. Stall High School campus, and turning Garrett Academy of Technology into a neighborhood school, but a motion was never brought forward to vote on.

Choice/Magnet Programs for 2018-19

The board approved by a 4-2-3 vote to extend an invitation to the top two highest ranking students in each Charleston County School District 8th grade program to apply for admission to Academic Magnet High School (AMHS) for the 2018-2019 school year with the understanding that they must meet the admissions criteria of scoring 13.0 or higher on the current rubric.

If either or both of these two students score in the range 12.0 – 12.99, they must attend and successfully complete a series of Spring and Summer workshops (Academic Acceleration and Achievement Program) designed to strengthen academic skills so that they are prepared to be successful at AMHS. Successful completion of the Academic Acceleration and Achievement Program will be determined by the teachers involved by the administration of an assessment instrument designed to measure the academic achievement needed. Then they will be accepted into AMHS for the 2018-19 school year.

Capital Maintenance Plan for 2017-2022

The board approved, by a vote of 4-1-4, the second annual update to the 6-Year CCSD Capital Maintenance Plan.  This is a plan for execution of about 500 large capital maintenance projects (renewal or replacement of various facilities) at all schools throughout the district, for the six-year period dating from this year, and lasting through 2022. This Capital Maintenance Plan is funded by the 1% sales and use tax. The amount budgeted for this plan is approximately $150 million over the course of the six years.

Capital Maintenance Reallocation (2017-2022 Capital Program Phase IV - Sales Tax) Year 1

The board approved a recommendation by a 6-0 vote for the reallocation of funds in the amount of $305,000. The savings from a project at St. James-Santee Elementary-Middle School will now be spent on projects at Murray-LaSaine Elementary School (parking and sidewalks) and Military Magnet Academy (flooring).


Special Recognition

American Heart Association Recognition

Rachel Stanley and Keith Cummins of AHA presented several schools and CCSD students with awards for their participation and success in this past year's Jump Rope for Heart campaign. The list of honors are as follows:

Charleston County School District ranked #2 in South Carolina for participation in fundraising.


Jennie Moore Elementary:

#1 Jump Rope for Heart fundraising school in South Carolina

#1 Jump Rope for Heart fundraising school in the Mid-Atlantic Region

#8 Jump Rope for Heart fundraising school nationally

Riley Johnson was the #5 individual student fundraiser in South Carolina

St. Andrews School of Math and Science:

#4 Jump Rope for Heart fundraising school in South Carolina

Drayton Hall Elementary

#7 Jump Rope for Heart fundraising school in South Carolina

Buist Academy for Advanced Studies

#18 Jump Rope for Heart fundraising school in South Carolina

Montessori Community School of Charleston:

Brielle Johnson was the #1 individual student fundraiser in South Carolina

U.S. Environment Protection Agency Recognition

Harbor View Elementary School (HVES) is the 10,000th EPA Energy Star school in the country, and is now one of 58 CCSD schools to achieve this honor.  The Energy Star recognizes schools that are better 75% than peer buildings in energy use.  Caterina Hatcher, the Energy Star Public Sector National Manager presented HVES Principal Lara Latto with the award.

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