• As the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) works to track cases of COVID-19 across the state, there is an understandable delay in reporting confirmed cases in public schools. Berkeley County School District is committed to providing stakeholders with accurate and timely information so the BCSD COVID-19 Case Dashboard has been updated to reflect the number of confirmed cases reported directly to Berkeley County School District. These numbers will be updated every business day to provide our community with a more accurate accounting of confirmed cases in Berkeley County schools.  

    The content of this database is general information for each location. Any necessary contact tracing is conducted by SCDHEC. This information is updated at the close of each business day. Please note the numbers provided are numbers of confirmed cases reported to the Berkeley County School District and are 14-day cumulative counts.

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  • At the regular meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday, October 27, the Board approved revisions to the Berkeley County School District (BCSD) instructional calendar to add four half-day virtual instructional program (VIP) days for students. Teachers will use the second half of those four days as workdays. 

    On these VIP days, students will be learning from home independently for half of the day. All student assignments will be loaded to Google Classroom and/or other learning management systems by 7 a.m.

    BCSD half-day VIP/teacher workdays

    • Thursday, November 12, 2020
    • Monday, December 7, 2020
    • Tuesday, December 22, 2020
    • Monday, May 10, 2021

    To further support students, each teacher will set office hours that are posted or will be posted in Google Classroom and/or other learning management systems.

    Much like the eLearning days of the 2019-20 school year, teachers will have the flexibility to use time not spent assisting students to work in their classrooms, with their teams or participate in personal professional development.

    Again, this is a remote learning day, and all students will be learning from home independently. 

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's school. 

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  • The purpose of this site is to share information for parents to understand the different technologies being used for instruction as well as provide tips for troubleshooting when tech challenges arise.

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  • The announcement of Dr. Theodore Prioleau as the interim principal at J.K. Gourdin Elementary was made on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

    Dr. Prioleau enters the role following the retirement of longtime principal Lorene Bradley. His contract will take effect on July 1.

    “I’m very excited about this opportunity,” he said. “I just can’t wait to get started.”

    Dr. Prioleau said he looks forward to working with the school’s community and the team of educators that make JKE what Mrs. Bradley often describes as the "best-kept secret in Berkeley County." He says his immediate focus will be to review what the school is doing well and build upon that where he and the team are able. He describes himself as a “good listener” and “hardworking” and believes those attributes will be beneficial to the JKE team.

    “It’s not about me, but it’s about the person I am trying to help,” he said of his personality and administrative approach.

    Dr. Prioleau transitions to the position at JKE from the role of assistant principal at Goose Creek Elementary. He’s worked as an administrator in Berkeley County schools since 1998.

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  • John Keith (JK) Gourdin Elementary School is a rural, community school that sits at the intersection of Highway 35 & Highway 45 in Pineville, SC.  The school was originally built in 1925 and refurbished in 2001.  The rural setting of the school allows for the majority of students to ride the bus to and from school.

    JK Gourdin serves a population of 115 students from the Pineville/Russellville communities.  Our student population includes the following demographics: 96% African American, 3% two or more races, and 1% Caucasian.  Our school is a Title I school with all students receiving lunch at no cost.


    JKE at a GLANCE

    • 115 Students
    • 16 Certified Staff Members
    • 14 Support Staff Members
    • 2 National Board Certified Teachers
    • 1 Registered Nurse



    • We facilitate and support student-driven learning experiences by unleashing the power and potential of education.


    • Create a future we dare to imagine and make a positive difference.


    School Goals

    • Improve student achievement at all grade levels by using collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking.
    • Create a safe, healthy, nurturing school climate where students are excited about teaching and learning.
    • Improve home/school communication by increasing parent and community involvement in school-related activities.


    School Recognition Events and Programs

    • Principal’s List/Honor Roll
    • Awards Day
    • Perfect Attendance
    • Character Education
    • Family Nights
    • Red Ribbon Week
    • Fire Safety Week
    • Black History Month
    • Career Development Month
    • Veteran’s Day Program
    • Spirit/Field Day
    • Grandparents’ Day
    • Relay for Life
    • Terrific Kids
    • Oratorical Contest
    • Morning News Show
    • STEM After School Program
    • Fall Carnival
    • Hoops for Heart
    • Book Parade


    Curriculum and Assessment Programs

    • Family Literacy Nights
    • Family Math Nights
    • Spelling Bee
    • CERDEP Class
    • Oratorical Contest
    • Monthly Mock Writing
    • STEM After School Program
    • WERD Clubs-Wednesday Early Release Day Club
    • Read 180 Classroom



    • Lorene Bradley

    School Counselor

    • Shyvonne Brown-Alford

    Instructional Coach

    • Denise McCay

    2019 Teacher of the Year

    • Victoria Stratton


    School Improvement Council (SIC)

    Elected Members

    • Stephanie Bradley-Teacher
    • Doris Blake-Teacher
    • Shirley Elliott-Parent
    • Josiah Johnson-Parent
    • Clarissa Milligan-Parent
    • Ayana Williams-Parent

    Appointed Members

    • Patricia Casey-Community Member
    • Louis Mayrant-Community Member (Chair)
    • Marvin Elliott-Community Member

    Ex-officio Members

    • Lorene Bradley-Principal
    • Shyvonne Alford– Other
    • Pamela McCay-Other
    • Crystal Cooper– PTA Representative
    • Victoria Stratton-Teacher of the Year 



    • Four Palmetto Silver Awards
    • Recipient of BCSD Innovative Grant — Google Expedition Kit
    • Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School
    • Enlighten SC Children’s Book Winner– 1st Place
    • Donor’s Choose Grant recipients


    2018-2019 Testing Data

    SC Ready ELA

    • Grade 3: 50% meet and exceed expectations
    • Grade 4: 46% meet and exceed expectations
    • Grade 5: 36% meet and exceed expectations

    SC Ready Math

    • Grade 3: 21% meet and exceed expectations
    • Grade 4: 46% meet and exceed expectations
    • Grade 5: 20% meet and exceed expectations

    PASS Science

    • Grade 4: 42% met and exemplary

    PASS Social Studies

    • Grade 5: 52% met and exemplary


    SC School Report Card

    • 2018-2019: Below Average
    • 2017-2018: Excellent


    Contact JKE

    • Address: 1649 Highway 45 Pineville, SC 29468
    • Email: jke@bcsdschools.net
    • Phone: 843-567-3637
    • Fax: 843-567-3069
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