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Community Conversations not a 'flash in the pan;' New dates for April, May scheduled

Published Thursday, April 12, 2018

Photo from the April 9 Community Conversation at PSH

During the meetings, as shown in this photo taken at the April 9 Community Conversation at PSH, those in attendance are broken into small groups to brainstorm. (BCSD photo)


Berkeley County School District continues to grow as the Lowcountry experiences a boon to commercial/industrial development and the local economy. More families are moving to the area every day, and many of those families are choosing BCSD schools.

As those parents and others wonder how the district may be preparing children for the future, headlines nationwide of tragic incidents at schools are still fresh on the minds of many.

Families and community partners curious about what BCSD has done or plans to do, have an opportunity to get answers.

For several months, BCSD Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram has been making stops in Berkeley County, hosting what he’s dubbed “Community Conversations.” The informal meetings were originally planned, as Dr. Ingram would say, to share how the district is preparing students for “their future, not our past.” After the shooting in Parkland, Fla., safety/security was built into the discussion.

The next three informal meetings are scheduled for April 30, May 10 and May 15. If you haven’t had a chance to make it to one of the previous discussions or believe you may be unavailable on those dates, there’s no need to worry.

Dr. Ingram said he plans to continue his tour. BCSD also plans to live stream some future meetings following a successful virtual experience provided at the Philip Simmons High School meeting on April 9. VIEW ARCHIVED FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM

“This is not something that’s a flash in the pan, a one-time shot, just to check off something on my box,” Dr. Ingram said to those in attendance at Philip Simmons. “I truly believe that, excuse the grammar, that some of us are better than one of us.”

Previously held meetings have been well-attended, and BCSD administrators hope to see the same positive turnout with productive conversation at future gatherings.

“It’s true that it takes a whole village to prepare a child for the future,” Dr. Ingram said. “We hope with these meetings we can gain a better understanding from that village. We don’t have all the answers when it comes to incident prevention, but we will do our best in providing a place of learning that’s safe for today’s child and those working to prepare them for the future.”

Joining Dr. Ingram will be BCSD Safety and Security Coordinator Tim Knight.

Mr. Knight, who is a finalist for Campus Safety Magazine’s Campus Safety Director of the Year, hopes that parents leaving the meetings will know the safety of their children is BCSD’s top priority.

“We don’t take just one approach to safety, and we want parents to walk away from these meetings with as much insight as possible,” Knight said.

Meeting schedule (as of 4/11/18)

Monday, April 30 – Berkeley Middle School

Thursday, May 10 – Goose Creek Primary

Tuesday, May 15 – Cane Bay Elementary

* All meetings begin at 6 p.m. and last until approximately 7:30 p.m.

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Brian Troutman
troutmanb@bcsdschools.net