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BOT Meeting Highlights December 2017

BOT Highlights for December 11, 2017 Board of Trustees Meeting

CCSD Strategic Plan

The board voted 7-1 to approve the CCSD Strategic Plan. The plan sets the district’s direction for the coming years and is focused around the belief that students are the heart of our work. Included in the plan are the district’s mission, vision, values, and commitments as well as eight goal areas and action plans developed in collaboration with district, school, and community stakeholders.

Dr. Postlewait also shared in her Superintendent’s Report that the district’s strategic priorities: student readiness with all students reading on grade level by third grade, talent development through recruiting and retaining effective teachers for every classroom, and equitable allocation of resources throughout the district.

School Community Task Force

The board approved the creation (governed by board policy) of a District 23 (Hollywood, Ravenel, Yonges Island, and Edisto Island area) School Community Task Force by an 8-0 vote. This task force will explore options on how to improve academic performance at Baptist Hill Middle High School, E.B. Ellington Elementary School, Jane Edwards Elementary School, and Minnie Hughes Elementary School. This group is expected to bring recommendations to the Board of Trustees for consideration for implementation in the 2018-2019 school year. The recommendation came from Rev. Dr. Eric Mack, Mr. Todd Garrett, Mrs. Kate Darby, and Mrs. Cindy Bohn Coats.

There was discussion of a creating a task force for District 20 (downtown Charleston) as well, but that will be decided on at a later time.

Policy IKA-Grading/Assessment Systems

The board approved the second reading of a revision to Policy IKA by an 8-0 vote. The South Carolina State Boards Association asked the District to update the language in the policy (which was revised in July 2017) for the grading scale.

This is the way the part of the policy that was revised used to read:

This uniform grading scale and the system for calculating grade point averages (GPAs) and class rank will apply to all students in grades 3-12, courses carrying Carnegie units, including units earned at the middle/junior high school level. The South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale, based on a 10 point scale, is applied to all student work assessed in third through twelfth grade.

With the approved revision, this is how this part of the policy reads now:

The SC Uniform Grading Policy was modified in 2016 to reflect the adoption of the 10-point scale. The system for calculating grade point averages (GPAs) and class rank is outlined in the SC Uniform Grading policy and is applicable

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