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Get highlights and information from the August 14, 2018 Board of Education meeting

E-UPDATE FOR August 14, 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 14, 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.

BOARD ACTIONS

APPROVED

COMMITTEE ACTIONS

APPROVED

Academics and Innovation Committee

  • June 2018 Head Start Budget Expenditures Report and Credit Card Report, 2018-2019 Revised Job Descriptions, and Prospective New Hires

Finance and Human Resources Committee

ITEMS FOR INFORMATION

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

  • 2018 OneBerkeley Festival- Last Saturday, we held our 3rd annual OneBerkeley Festival. The event was a huge success!  We handed out around 4,000 book bags and supplies.  We were entertained by our high school bands, and our athletes donned their respective uniforms and assisted with handing out book bags.  We also had a wonderful community resource fair to support our families as they prepare to come back to school. Thank you to all of our local businesses and business partners who gave so selflessly to make this community event a huge success! Also, a huge thank you to the Town of Moncks Corner for hosting and supporting this event each year.
  • Preparing for the new school year- On Monday, we welcomed back our teachers and many support staff. This week we also reverted back to our traditional schedule so our schools and offices are open Monday through Friday. We are putting the final touches on our schools to ensure a smooth opening day next Monday. Next week, we will welcome our students back for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Training- Tuesday morning, we began our training with Dr. Tammy Pawloski, an expert in teaching exceptional children. Pawloski is from right here in South Carolina and is a faculty member at Francis Marion University.
  • Cainhoy Elementary Principal Interviews- On Friday, we will be conducting our 2nd round of interviews for the principal’s position at Cainhoy Elementary School.
  • Friday Night Lights- Believe it or not, high school football begins this Friday evening. I will be attending one of our games.  I attend each of our high schools’ games, at least one per school, per season.  Of course, most of our teams do play against one another at some point during the season.
  • Bowen’s Corner Elementary and Foxbank Elementary Ribbon Cutting- On Saturday, we will hold the ribbon cutting ceremony for Bowen’s Corner Elementary School. On Sunday, we will hold our ribbon cutting ceremony at Foxbank Elementary School.  Both ceremonies begin at 3:00 p.m. We are looking forward to showing our parents, students and communities the new schools. 
  • Board Workshop- I am proposing that we have a Board Workshop on the implementation of our capital improvements/building plan. Dr. Parker will be here to facilitate the discussion along with Mike Miller of Numerix.  I am recommending that we meet on September 4th, which is an off day from our regular meeting.  September 18th is also available; however, we need to get started as soon as we can.
  • Teacher Vacancies- We have 37 certified vacancies to date. That is less than one per school.
  • Teacher of the Year- I want to recognize our Teacher of the Year, Emily Reichbach, who represents our Teacher Forum.