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Get highlights and information from the November 13, 2018 Board of Education meeting

E-UPDATE FOR November 13, 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, November 13, 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.

SPECIAL CEREMONY
Swearing in of New/Re-elected Board Members

  • Kathy Littleton, new District Four
  • Mac McQuillin, re-elected District 2
  • Sally Wofford, re-elected District 6
  • Frank Wright, re-elected District 8

BOARD ACTIONS
APPROVED

  • Minutes: Board Workshop - October 23, 2018
  • Minutes: Regular Meeting - October 23, 2018
  • Committee Assignment for New Board Member
    • Kathy Littleton, Academics and Innovation Committee

COMMITTEE ACTIONS
APPROVED

Academics and Innovation Committee

Finance and Human Resources Committee

Facilities and Capital Planning Committee

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:

  • School report cards- Ingram received word from State Superintendent Molly Spearman that the release of the state report card has been postponed from November 15th and, tentatively, reset for November 29th. This delay is due to “inaccuracies in the data file for the student survey, which serves as the school quality indicator, despite the file being verified by the vendor, AdvanceED on Friday.”
  • Berkeley Center for the Arts (BCA) performance- Mrs. Sue and Dr. Ingram attended a wonderful production by the talented BCA students at Goose Creek High this past Sunday, “Little Shop of Horrors.”
  • Winter teacher recruitment reception- BCSD will host a Winter Teacher Recruitment Reception on Thursday, December 6th from 4:30 until 6:00 at Men Riv Education Park. Pre-register
  • Devon Forest robotics team- The Devon Forest Elementary School Robotics Team qualified for state competition coming up December 8.
  • Coastal Carolina Fair art awards- BCSD had several students win youth art awards at the Coastal Carolina Fair this year, and we should have a list posted on the website soon. List of winners
  • Class AA State Cross Country Champion- Congratulations to Noah Ward at Philip Simmons High for winning the Class AA State Cross Country Championship. Noah ran a personal best of 15 minutes and about 40 seconds.
  • All-state choir- BCSD had several students from our district selected for all-state choir. Leading the district in selections this year was Cane Bay High with 26 total selections for all state -- that's more than they've ever had. Congratulations to all of our all-state choir selections.
  • Sedgefield Middle Renaissance sock collection- Sedgefield Middle Renaissance students led a campaign to collect 2,000 pairs of socks and donated them to 180 Place, a homeless shelter in Charleston. Information on sock drive
  • Westview Elementary (WVE)- WVE hosted its first ever LowCountry History Day last Wednesday. Lowcountry History Day
  • College Park Elementary Energy Bus- CPE has a creative, character education initiative called the “Energy Bus.” Students find ways to spread cheer by encouraging positive interactions among their classmates. Energy Bus story
  • Timberland High turkey collection- Kudos to Principal Kerry Daugherty and Timberland High for collecting about 100 turkeys and other related food items to share with families in need. Sue and Dr. Ingram are planning to participate in the pre-determined family distribution this Saturday.
  • Football playoff competition continues- Three BCSD football teams, Berkeley, Hanahan, and Timberland, will continue their playoff competition this coming Friday. Good luck to all three teams!
  • Teacher Forum- Ingram recognized the following members of Teacher Forum that were present for the meeting:
    • Wendy White – Philip Simmons Middle
    • Rosemary Herold – Philip Simmons Elementary
    • David Sweat – Cross High School
  • Thanksgiving Break- This was our last meeting before the Thanksgiving Break. Schools and district offices will close next Wednesday, Nov. 21st.  We will resume classes and normal operations on November 26th.  Ingram wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

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:

  • Secondary ELA Coordinator- The Board named a Secondary ELA Coordinator at the last meeting, Mr. Charles Sweeney; however, he was unable to attend. He was present at the meeting Tuesday evening and was recognized by the Board.
  • SCSBA- Chair Wofford shared that the Board still did not have a representative to attend the South Carolina School Board Association (SCSBA) Conference the first weekend in December. She asked that if anyone had a change in schedule and were able to attend to vote, please let her know. There is also a vacancy on the SCSBA for Region 3, which includes Berkeley and Georgetown school districts. It is a one-year commitment if anyone is interested.