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Get highlights and information from the May 8, 2018 Board of Education meeting

E-UPDATE FOR May 8, 2018
This edition of In the Loop, published and distributed by the Department of Communications and Community Engagement, provides a highlighted summary of actions taken by the Berkeley County Board of Education at its regular meeting held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Complete Board meetings are recorded and archived on the BCSD YouTube channel. Photographs from the board meetings are available for viewing and download HERE.

Click HERE to view Board Docs. After selecting the meeting date, you can view the agenda for the meeting, the items for information, and items for action. Board Docs is updated in real-time during the regular meetings.

 

BOARD ACTIONS
APPROVED

  • Election of Board Officers
    • Chair: Sally Wofford
    • Vice-Chair: Mac McQuillin
    • Secretary: Michael Ramsey
  • Appointment of Administrators
    • Cynthia Bise, Assistant Principal of Foxbank Elementary
    • Tina Hoots, Special Services Curriculum Coordinator
    • Melissa Negreiros, Principal of Philip Simmons Elementary
  • First Reading - 2018-2019 Board Meeting Dates

COMMITTEE ACTIONS
APPROVED

Academics and Innovation Committee

Facilities and Capital Planning Committee Meeting

Finance and Human Resources Committee Meeting

ITEMS FOR INFORMATION

Facilities and Capital Planning Committee Meeting

Finance and Human Resources Committee Meeting

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram commented on a variety of topics concerning Berkeley County Schools and its students, faculty, staff and the communities served by the system. These remarks included:

  • SC Teacher of the Year Ceremony- Ingram and other district supports traveled to Columbia last Wednesday to support Nick Snyder in his quest for State Teacher of the Year. He commented that as much as we hoped that Nick would be selected, BCSD is very lucky to have him remain here in Berkeley County. Nick is a wonderful example of the caliber of teachers we are fortunate to have in Berkeley County. Dr. Ingram congratulated Nick on all that he has achieved, and shared that he looks forward to all that he will accomplish this year as he leads Teacher Forum. 
  • Berkeley Middle College/Trident Technical College Graduation- Congratulations are in order for 23 Berkeley Middle College students who graduated with associate degrees from Trident Technical College on Friday, May 4. We are very proud of these students who will also graduate with their high school diploma May 31st.
  • Teacher Appreciation Week- Ingram reminded the Board that this week is Teacher Appreciation Week. He sent a letter to teachers and staff thanking them for their dedication in an era of declining teacher education enrollments and increased challenges.
  • School Nurse Day- Governor McMaster has signed a proclamation declaring tomorrow, May 9th, as School Nurse Day.
  • 4th Quarter Evaluation Visits- Ingram shared that he will be making 4th quarter visits to Berkeley Elementary, Intermediate, and High. He will also visit Berkley Middle College, Cross Elementary and Cross High School.
  • Moncks Corner Rotary Club- On Thursday, Dr. Ingram will be speaking at the Moncks Corner Rotary Club meeting at Gilligan’s during lunch.
  • Upcoming Community Conversations- Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m., we will host our 7th Community Conversation at Goose Creek Primary. The communications team put out an updated survey to our stakeholders to determine if they would like to continue to discuss safety or other topics. The most current survey responses indicate that our stakeholders are equally interested in hearing more about safety and security and educating the 21st century child. The survey also indicates that stakeholders would like future conversations to include information about development, growth and testing.
  • State Testing- State testing has started this week in some of our schools.
  • Congressional Art Competition Winner- Congratulations are in order for Cane Bay’s Jorge Faria de La Cruz. He is the winner of the Congressional Art Competition.  Congressman Mark Sanford nominated his work and the art will be on display in the Capitol for one year. Jorge and one of his parents will enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to Washington to receive recognition for his accomplishment. 
  • Berkeley Middle School recognized as Unified Banner School- We are very proud that Berkeley Middle School is 1 of 2 middle schools in South Carolina recognized as a Unified Banner School. Unified Champion Schools are selected based on how sports, leadership and related activities are used to promote an environment of collaboration between general education students and students with special needs. Berkeley Middle School currently has unified physical education, music and art programs, which do exactly what those with the Special Olympics want to see.
  • 2018 BCSD Graduation Ceremonies- Graduation is just around the corner so Dr. Ingram reminded the Board of the graduation ceremony schedule.
    • The ceremony for Berkeley Middle College will be held at Berkeley High on Thursday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m. 
    • Cross High School’s ceremony will be held at the school on Monday, June 4th at 7:00 p.m.
    • The remaining ceremonies will be held at the North Charleston Coliseum.
      • Tuesday, June 5th:
        • Goose Creek High @ 11:30 a.m.
        • Hanahan High @ 3:30 p.m.
        • Berkeley High @ 7:30 p.m.
      • Wednesday, June 6th:
        • Cane Bay High @ 10:00 a.m.
        • Timberland @ 2:00 p.m.
        • Stratford at 6:00 p.m.

 

Katie Orvin Tanner
orvink@bcsdschools.net