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Get highlights and information from the August 28, 2018 Board of Education meeting

E-UPDATE FOR August 28, 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, August 28, 2018. Complete Board meetings are recorded and archived on the BCSD YouTube channel. Photographs from the board meetings are available for viewing and download at bcsdschools.net/photos.

More information on board members and meetings can be found on the Board Docs website. After selecting a meeting date, you can view an agenda for the meeting, items for information, and items for action. Board Docs is updated in real-time during the regular meetings.

LEGACY LEGENDS
STAR Academy- District of Distinction- NOLAEducation, LLC

  • BCSD was recognized as a District of Distinction by NOLAEducation, LLC for STAR Academy: Dropout Prevention initiative

2018 Legacy Legends*

*The BCSD Legacy Legends recognition program celebrates retired teachers who ignited a remarkable passion for learning and became life-long ambassadors for Berkeley County students and the field of education. 

BOARD ACTIONS
APPROVED

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:

  • First week of school- We have been in school now for seven days. We have faced some challenges in transportation, which we are working quickly to address. We have posted information for parents to register for “Remind.com” so that they will receive notifications on issues related to their child’s transportation. We transport over 20,000 students daily, and our priority is to ensure their safety while going to school and back home.
  • District growth- As expected and projected, we have seen increased student enrollment across the district. Dr. Whitley and her team are working closely with school administrators to adjust allocations and re-configure classroom and collaborative areas to ensure best use of instructional space and support 21st Century learning. Please be reminded that there will be a board workshop on September 18th regarding the implementation of the capital spending plan as we work to accommodate the growth we are experiencing.
  • Procedures and protocols- The Cabinet is working to re-establish protocols for daily business in our schools. We are finding that some necessary procedures are not in writing or have not been updated in quite some time.  Two procedural areas we are working to address is the creation of a process for reporting mildew/mold, and the other is guidelines for custody and transfer cumulative records. Our goal is to ensure consistency and efficiency for central service and school operations.
  • Vacancies- Our certified vacancies to date are 33. This number is fluid and we are continuing to work hard to recruit and retain quality staff. Please keep in mind, that we do have teachers in these classrooms; some are long-term subs, which requires certification.
  • School visits- Our Cabinet and district support staff have been visible in our schools. I have personally visited 20 schools so far, with the goal of visiting all 47 campuses within the first 30 days.
  • Child Nutrition- From June 11 to August 3, our summer child nutrition staff served 31,384 hot breakfasts and 74,698 hot lunches. We served over 106,000 meals this past summer. Kudos to the Child Nutrition staff!
  • Congratulations- Congratulations to Cane Bay High senior Ogugua Nwaezeigwe who received the 2018 R.D. Bennett Community Service Scholarship presented by The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina. She was one of 10 high school students from across the state who competed for the scholarship..
  • Teacher Forum- Ingram recognized Amanda Cooper, Goose Creek High School; Michelle Power, Howe Hall AIMS; and Nick Snyder, Cane Bay High, as representatives from Teacher Forum.
  • Labor Day- Our offices and schools will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day. We will return Tuesday ready to continue teaching and learning.

BOARD CHAIR REPORT
Board Chair Sally Wofford commented on a variety of topics concerning Berkeley County Schools and its students, faculty, staff, and the communities served by the system. Her remarks included:

  • Upcoming Events and Dates- Chair Wofford reminded the Board that Dr. Ingram’s evaluation will be conducted on September 11 during the Board meeting, and she asked that all Board members send their reviews to her by September 6.