Community welcomes new principal to North Charleston High

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A show of support for the man picked to lead the struggling North Charleston High School. Charleston County School District officials selected Robert Grimm, the former principal of CE Williams Middle School, as principal.

Following the selection, the critics came out loud and clear, but now supporters are speaking out.

"I think he's very qualified. I think he can do a great job. I think qualifications are part of it. The other part is community engagement," Mayor Keith Summey said.

A committee chose Grimm from two rounds of candidates, both local and out of state. The selection process was detailed as NCHS has been dubbed a Title One, poor, and under achieving school.

Grimm says he plans to turn all that around.

"It's my responsibility as the instructional leader of the school to make sure that they're given every opportunity to succeed. If they need assistance, I provide assistance. That's ultimately the goal of any good administrator," Grimm said.

Even though the majority of the NCHS principal selection committee favored Grimm, there were some who were still hesitant about his qualifications. The committee laid out certain criteria including, someone who was a high school principal, who worked at a Title One, underachieving school, and who had proven academic gains for students with data to show it.

"I pulled his state report card at his school and the data supported that he is not the right fit because he does not fit that criteria," selection committee member Michael Miller said.

CCSD Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley says he meets her qualifications, and he'll work closely with a district administrator who has met the other criteria.

"Robert Grimm is an outstanding choice for North Charleston High School," Dr. McGinley said.

The selection committee voted six to three in favor of Grimm. Grimm says he will begin work this summer to transition to the high school. He says his top priorities before students arrive are making sure teachers and staff are ready to take charge and reaching out into the community and local businesses for their support.

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