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Get highlights and information from the October 23, 2018 Board of Education meeting

E-UPDATE FOR October 23, 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, October 23, 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 BUILDERS 
Sarah Mundy, Berkeley High School, Class 5A state champion swimmer

  • Runner-up, 50-meter freestyle
  • Third, 100-meter freestyle

 Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative 2018 Excellence in Mathematics Teaching Award

  • Hannah Cato Warren, Berkeley Intermediate School
  • Meg Ward, Stratford High School

COMMITTEE ACTIONS

APPROVED

   Academics and Innovation

  • Head Start Budget Expenditures Report for August 2018, Head Start Credit Card Report for August 2018, and Prospective New Hires

   Finance and Human Resources

BOARD ACTIONS
APPROVED

  • Charles Sweeney, Secondary ELA Coordinator

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:

  • Thank you, BCE – Ingram thanked Principal Aimee Fulmer and the staff and children at Bowen’s Corner Elementary School for sharing their facility this evening for the meeting. He also shared that BCSD and school leaders are currently working through punch list items and other construction related matters that inevitably sprout with new construction.
  • Timberland homecoming and Friday night lights- Last Friday, Dr. Ingram and Ms. Sue were honored to ride in the Timberland Homecoming parade. Later in the evening, they took in the Stratford/Berkeley Game.  This week they will attend the Cane Bay/Berkeley game.  Several BCSD teams are jockeying for playoff positions.  After Friday, Dr. Ingram will have seen each BCSD football team compete at least once, and he shared that he will continue to follow the programs as they compete in the upcoming playoffs.
  • Cane Bay High Cobra Chorale- Congratulations are in order for the Cane Bay High Cobra Chorale. They competed in the Southern Sings Choral Invitational at Georgia Southern University this past weekend.  We were the only choir competing from South Carolina.  The Cobra Chorale won the Mixed Choir Division and were the overall Grand Champion for the event.
  • Cane Bay High student council- The student council at Cane Bay High hosted a 15-state student council leadership conference this past weekend at CBH. There were over 800 students and about 200 adult chaperones who attended the event.  Ingram addressed the students for a few minutes regarding leadership.  There were many impassioned presentations by the students, including a moving speech by a student at Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland Florida.
  • 2018 Shrine Bowl- Two BCSD athletes and one coach were selected for the 2018 Shrine Bowl. Berkeley wide receiver DJ Chisolm and Hanahan defensive lineman Cooper Dawson are two of three Lowcountry athletes representing South Carolina. Coach Steve Blanchard of Hanahan was selected as an assistant coach to this year’s South Carolina team.
  • BCSD marching bands- Three Berkeley County marching bands will compete in the South Carolina Marching Band Finals this coming Saturday. They are: Goose Creek High School, Stratford High School and Philip Simmons High School. We know they will represent us well this weekend and wish them the best of luck!
  • Design Team- This morning, the Design Team and Cabinet previewed the documentary “Most Likely to Succeed.” We are planning for a screening with community and county leaders to help us define the life and work skills we should be developing in our youth in order for them to be successful in the 21st Century.  The Design Team, with the Board of Education’s commitments in mind, will be revisiting and revising our vision and mission for Board consideration.
  • School visits- Ingram is scheduled to visit seven schools later this week to conduct evaluation conferences and observe school operations.
  • Teacher Forum- Ingram recognized the following members of Teacher Forum that were present for the meeting: Sarah Camens, Stratford High School; Lisa Muggeo, College Park Middle School; Maria Earl, College Park Elementary School; Heather Walsh, Marrington Elementary School

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:

  • SCSBA- Chair Wofford asked if any Board members would be able to attend the South Carolina School Board Association (SCSBA) Conference the first weekend in December. The Board will need to vote to select a representative and an alternate.