CCSD board moves forward with superintendent search | SC Education Lab3 min read
Charleston County Faculty District’s board of trustees interviewed five firms that they are considering selecting to lead the lookup to obtain the district’s upcoming superintendent.
The board carried out interviews in a shut-doorway assembly on June 8 with the Florida-primarily based research and consulting organization Greenwood/Asher & Associates and the Illinois-based community of unbiased training consultants Hazard, Younger, Attea, & Associates.
They also interviewed Ray and Associates, a organization that specializes in academic govt management queries and is positioned in Iowa Alma Advisory Team, a consulting organization in Chicago and BWP & Associates, an academic management research agency from South Carolina.
The meeting’s agenda described the interviews as informational.
The board is looking for a new district chief soon after Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait suddenly resigned in December 2021. The board has refused to comment on the situations surrounding her departure, a move that’s been commonly criticized by Charleston’s schooling community.
Board users to start with discussed her resignation for the duration of a shut-doorway session on Dec. 16, right after they ended up only specified a few days’ observe that the assembly was taking place. Some had been not able to attend due to the fact of scheduling conflicts. The board held a second assembly to talk about Postlewait’s resignation on Dec. 29 and only gave customers a one-working day notice the conference was using put.
The next conference was also held in executive session, indicating that it was not open up to the general public. At that conference, the board voted 6-1 to acknowledge Postlewait’s resignation. A copy of her separation settlement obtained by The Write-up and Courier through a Freedom of Info Act request showed that the school district was supplying her a lump-sum payment of $241,993 — equivalent to her annual wage — and mentioned that she would go on to remain on as a guide for the district until eventually June.
Postlewait has declined to remark on the conditions of her departure and signed a non-disparagement clause as element of the settlement settlement. In a assertion she launched shortly just after her resignation, she reported that she appreciated the possibility to provide Charleston County learners, staff, dad and mom and the better neighborhood during her seven a long time of employment by the district.
“I am heartened by the lots of achievements and accolades CCSD has acquired and am specially happy of the selfless service instructors, staff members and leaders have furnished all through the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.
The board named the district’s main fiscal officer, Don Kennedy, to interim superintendent.
On May 31, Lexington County Faculty District A person officials announced they are bringing Postlewait on as their interim superintendent. She is succeeding Superintendent Gregory Very little and will acquire a monthly income of $18,250. She starts off functioning at Lexington 1 on July 1.
A Publish and Courier assessment discovered that from March 2020, when the pandemic began, to January 2022 at minimum 19 South Carolina superintendents remaining their positions. That was in line with pre-pandemic retention prices. In accordance to the S.C. Association for School Directors, for the duration of the 2018-19 college year about 15 % of whole superintendents had been new to their positions as opposed to 17 per cent for the 2020-21 university 12 months.
On the national stage, the American Affiliation for Faculty Administrators found that the common turnover fee for these jobs is 14 to 16 percent, with an average tenure among five to 6 decades.
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